A “real” conducting divertimento- the legendary composer-conductors

Before unveiling the hotly anticipated final 5 of our “Real” Top 20 Conductors, I thought it might be interesting to, er, milk the moment with a little divertimento or two. Regular Vftp contributor Peter Davison beat me to the punch on one topic:   “There’s another category to consider – composer-conductors. Britten was a fine […]

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VFTP exclusive- The real Top 20 of Conducting. Part Three: 11-15

Part three of our survey of the real 20 greatest conductors of all time is now ready. Part one is here, part two is here. We hope that you will appreciate the many careful minutes of preparation and consideration that went into this list, and the dozens of meticulously managed seconds spent crafting the commentaries […]

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VFTP exclusive- The real Top 20 of Conducting. Part One: 1-5

The current issue of BBC Music Magazine has a featured list of the “20 Greatest Conductors of All Time,” including one fantastic misprint in the press release version of the list now circulating- “Terenc” rather than “Ferenc” Fricsay 1. Carlos Kleiber (1930-2004) Austrian 2. Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) American 3. Claudio Abbado (b1933) Italian 4. Herbert […]

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A last minute substitution and a Beethovenian milestone revisited

I had hoped to avoid any unwanted drama surrounding my Lancashire Chamber Orchestra concert on Saturdayday by avoiding any travel that morning. . ‘Twas not to be. A couple of hours before our dress rehearsal, I had a call from Georgina, the orchestra’s chair and manager.  It  turned out that Anne, our usually indefatigable and […]

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Yakov Kreizberg

Conductor Yakov Kreizberg has died at the unfathomable age of just 51 after a long illness. There are details on Norman Lebrecht’s blog and from his agent here. Here is an excerpt of her letter announcing his passing: It is with deep sorrow that we must announce the passing of conductorYakov Kreizberg on 15 March […]

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The next king

One of my favorite guessing games this year is “who will be the next Mahler?” The goal of this game is not to decide whether Schoenberg or Shostakovich was Mahler’s true musical heir (it’s likely they both thought they were). Rather, the question is over which composer will be the next to capture the sort […]

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Guest blog- Nigel Hughes, trombonist

Regular Vftp readers will have read before about my colleague at the Wrexham Symphony Orchestra, Nigel Hughes. Nigel is the orchestra’s principal trombonist. He is also blind. (He also designed the orchestra’s excellent website). The fact that someone can play works like Rachmaninov 1, Shostakovich 7 and Mahler 6 (a sampling of the works we’ve […]

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Historic Time Wasting Milestone: VFTP 1000 Posts!!!

It is with a mixture of pride and sheepishness that I write to call readers’ attention to the occasion of Vftp’s 1000th post. It is a sign of the sheer magnitude of time wasting that has gone into this project since 2006 that it is hard to say definitively which post exactly is the 1000th, […]

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