Mahler 1: Bass Solo means Solo Bass means One Solo Bass Playing the Bass Solo

I read this review of a performance of Mahler 1 today: “Among the rare highlights were the impressively unisono Frère Jacques (played by the basses in tutti with just the right amount of dread)” Jens F Laurson, reviewing the London Symphony Orchestra playing Mahler 1 with Gergiev in Leipzig this week (I appreciate Laurson’s openness  to Gergiev’s […]

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Review- Classical CD Reviews on Bobby and Hans vol 1

  Classical CD Reviews has up a new review by Gavin Dixon of the Orchestra of the Swan recording of Gal and Schumann 3rd Symphonies on Avie records.   Each successive release of Hans Gál’s orchestral music fits another piece into the jigsaw, and yet his musical persona remains as difficult as ever to define. […]

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Mahler Meditations for May 18, 1911, Peter Davison asks “Why Mahler?”

As we approach the 100th Anniversary of Mahler’s death (which took place on 18 May, 1911), we thought it might be interesting to offer a few essays or meditations on why Mahler’s music  speaks to us today as it does. First up, regular Vftp contributor Peter Davison puts forth his own answer to Norman Lebrecht’s […]

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Ensemble Epomeo at the Red Velvet Room concert series

We had some lovely feedback from the presenters of our concert on Saturday. It’s especially gratifying when a presenter allows the artists to present an unusually thought-provoking and challenging program like this. I was especially taken by Ira’s statement that “It all sounds dark, but I can tell you that the light of humanity was […]

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