Tomorrow on Today- Mahler 5 with KW and Sir Mark Elder

VFTP readers who have been following my current Mahler in Manchester series may interested to listen in tomorrow, Saturday the 27th of Feb at 8:20 AM GMT to Today on BBC Radio 4.

We will be discussing my recent post, “Mahler 5, a tempo,” and the whole question of tempo, character and form. What sorts of considerations go into finding the “right” tempo for a piece of music? Is it just what sounds good or feels comfortable, or are there other issues? Should we ever intentionally choose a tempo that feels uncomfortable? Why would we do such a thing? Joining me in the discussion will be Sir Mark Elder. Nicholas Kenyon will be the host for the discussion.

For those of you without access to Radio 4 on FM, you can listen live on line, or on demand via the Radio 4 website. When the archive recording is posted to their website, we’ll update listening details here.

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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