CD Review- Birmingham Post on Mahler Das Lied von der Erde

A new review of  our new Orchestra of the Swan Mahler disc in the Birmingham Post by senior critic Christopher Morley. The Post doesn’t have CD reviews on their website, so the complete review is below.   MAHLER: LIEDER EINES FAHRENDEN GESELLEN, DAS LIED VON DER ERDE: Orchestra of the Swan/Woods (SOMMCD 0109) (for classical CD […]

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A view from a different podium- Christopher Zimmerman on Brahms 1

Conductor Christopher Zimmerman is Music Director of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. In 1993, he and I were both newly arrived on the campus of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music: Chris as the conductor of the Concert Orchestra, me as a new Doctoral student in Cello. Keen to move forward with my interest in […]

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CD Review- Entartete Musik on Orchestra of the Swan Mini-Mahler with KW

Critic, blogger and Mahlerian Gavin Plumley has offered up a thoughtful review of the my new Orchestra of the Swan recording of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (as arranged by Schoenberg)  at his excellent blog, Entartete Musik. A short sample follows.     “Schoenberg’s Verein für Musikalische Privataufführungen provided […]

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Guest Blog- Foster Beyers on the 5 Essential Sibelius 7 recordings

Conductor Foster Beyers is the newly appointed Director of Orchestras at Concodia College in Minnesota. He is currently completing his Doctorate degree at the University of Minnesota, where his dissertation is on the recorded history of Sibelius’ Symphony no. 7. He’s also along time Vftp reader and frequent, and valued, commenter. With Sibelius 7 very […]

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Mahler 6: Some of the reasons why I conduct Scherzo-Andante (and why I could be wrong)

There are few more contentious subjects amongst Mahlerians than the order of movements in the 6th Symphony. As part of the Performer’s Perspective series last year, I tried to explain what a big and fairly complicated question it is. More recently, as part of my interview with Erik Klackner the other day at Everything but […]

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CD Review- Michael Tumelty/The Herald on OOTS Das Lied von der Erde

A new review by Michael Tumelty in The Herald, Scotland for the new Orchestra of the Swan recording of Das Lied von der Erde and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, published 12 June, 2011.   Orchestra Of The Swan Kenneth Woods, conductor Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde etc (SOMM)   I wonder, I just wonder, […]

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CD-Review: Colin Anderson/Classical Source on Bobby and Hans vol. 1

From ClassicalSource, a new review by Colin Anderson of Bobby and Hans vol. 1.     Gál’s Third Symphony (completed in 1952), in A (but it could major or minor) opens winsomely with an expressive oboe solo, the music sometimes harmonically curdling in bittersweet fashion, English ears being reminded of Gerald Finzi, antennae attuned to […]

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Another perspective- KW chats with Jonathan Pasternack about Brahms Symphony no. 1

It’s Brahms 1 week here at Vftp, and to bring in some fresh perspective, I thought I would get some thoughts on the work from another Brahmsian, my friend, the American conductor, Jonathan Pasternack. Jonathan and I met when we were both based in Oregon- he as Assistant Conductor to the Oregon Symphony, me as […]

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CD Review- Nottingham Post on Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde arr. Schoenberg

From the June 10, 2011 Nottingham Post Orchestra Of The Swan/Soloists: Mahler Lieder   Contralto Emma Curtis displays ardour in Mahler’s hour-long Song Of The Earth, with Brennen Guillory in the role of tipsy tenor. This setting of poems from the Chinese has Viennese accents which the orchestra capture perfectly under Kenneth Woods, their American principal  guest conductor. Schoenberg’s […]

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