IMSLP Under Attack

The IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library has long since evolved from being a controversial newcomer to an essential resource for performers and librarians world wide. Contributors include Major conservatories and music libraries and institutions including the Eastman Library and the Beethoven Haus in Bonn. Today, using a trick borrowed from those who got Wikileaks tossed of Amazon.com’s […]

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What’s wrong, what’s great, and what the future looks like (hint: good if we don’t blow it)

Hello Vftp friends and fans: First- the final installment of our top 20 of conducting is done and will go up soon. Apologies for the delay. It has been a very, very hectic and intense couple of weeks at Vftp Intl Road Headquarters. This time last week, I was putting the finishing touches on what […]

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Guest blog- You are never too important to carry bags

You are never too important to carry bags! Peter Davison, Artistic Consultant to The Bridgewater hall explains why he started a small festival in Birkenhead and how it has affected his work in Manchester As Artistic Consultant at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, you might imagine I have something like a dream-job in classical music. The hall is very much state-of-the […]

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International Record Review on Orchestra of the Swan Mahler 4 w/DC

“The Mahler is  a joy from start to finish” Colin Anderson, International Record Review My colleague David Curtis’ disc of the Erwin Stein version of Mahler 4 gets a lovely and well-deserved write up in International Record Review this month from Colin Anderson. The follow-up in Somm‘s OOTS/Mahler series is Das Lied von der Erde […]

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Another perspective- Peter Davison on Mahler 7

  Guest blogger Peter Davison will be a symposium speaker at the 29th annual Colorado MahlerFest on Saturday the 21st of May. The MahlerFest Orchestra will be performing Mahler’s 7th Symphony under their newly-appointed Artistic Director Kenneth woods on the 21st and 22nd of May. Details available here. How Wagner leads us to Mahler’s Seventh Symphony […]

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Who is not in the “Real” Top 20…

Welcome back to our survey of the Real Top 20 Conductors. We are down to our final five spots, and making the final decisions about who is in and who is out is getting ever more fraught. No matter how you cut it, this is a silly exercise- what could be more impossible than identifying […]

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