CD Review- Dallas Morning News on Bobby and Hans vol. 1, and Gal Triptych for Orchestra

Hans Gal takes Texas by storm! Published today in the Dallas Morning news: a joint review of two discs featuring the orchestral music of Hans Gal. Last year’s recording of the Gal Violin Concerto, Concertino for Violin and Strings and Triptych for Orchestra with Northern Sinfonia is listened to alongside the new disc of Gal […]

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CD Review- Classic FM Magazine on Bobby and Hans volume 1

A new review in the September Classic FM Magazine of Bobby and Hans volume 1 from Andrew Mellor, now on newsstands. An excerpt follows:       Get your copy direct from Avie   Download from iTunes Order Here from Presto Classical From Classic FM Magazine September 2011 Schumann, Gal **** (Four stars) “Rhenish” Symphony […]

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CD Review- MusicWeb-International on Orchestra of the Swan- Song of the Earth

Just published at Musicweb-International is a new review by critic Guy Aron of our new recording with Orchestra of the Swan of chamber versions of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen on Somm. It’s quite an extensive review with a generous helping of historical background and comparison to other recordings. […]

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Bobby and Hans Considered/ Gal Things Considered

Today’s edition of All Things Considered, the greatest radio show on the planet (one thing I really miss about America is listening to ATC while driving and cooking), featured a review of the Orchestra of the Swan recording of Hans Gal’s Symphony no. 3 (Bobby and Hans volume 1). The broadcast is archived on NPR’s […]

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Havergal Brian- The Gothic Symphony at the Proms. A few more thoughts….

This is a follow-up to an earlier post on the Proms performance of Havergal Brian’s Gothic Symphony. You may find this post more interesting and coherent if you read that one first. ______________________________________________   Well, one week ago, if you had told me that much of the last seven days of my life would have […]

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CD Review- Classical Source on Orchestra of the Swan: Song of the Earth

A new review at the Classical Source from Peter Reed of the new Orchestra of the Swan recording of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen on Somm. Read the whole thing here. A short sample follows:   …The three singers are superb. In the Wayfarer songs, the baritone (with a strong […]

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Havergal Brian- Gothic “Symphony” at the Proms

As someone whose lifelong love affair with the music of Bruckner began at a dinner party where he was described as “Bruckner- yes that’s the one! The worst composer who ever lived!” it’s no wonder I would have a certain curiosity and sympathy towards Havergal Brian’s Gothic Symphony, which made its Proms debut last night at […]

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In praise of copulating warthogs

So….. It wouldn’t have been too surprising if I had felt a little bit picked on the other day when a critic compared the noises I made while conducting Sibelius 7 to those made by a certain notorious women’s tennis champion: -Tension and momentum were impressively sustained throughout, though the conductor’s energetic gestures to the strings brought […]

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Song of the Earth perspectives: Peter Davison- Mahler seeks the Earth’s embrace

Celebrating the release of SOMM Recording’s new CD of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Lieder Eines fahrenden Gesellen, we begin a new series of essays and podcasts exploring Mahler’s Song of the Earth. You can explore Mahler’s masterpiece in depth through past and future Vftp posts and essays, listen to audio samples and […]

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CD Review: International Record Review on Gal/Schumann 3rd Symphonies (Bobby and Hans vol. 1)

International Record Review magazine has a great review in their July issue from critic Calum (aka Malcolm) MacDonald of the new Orchestra of the Swan recording of the Third Symphonies of Robert Schumann and Hans Gal on Avie Records. Calling it an “excellent disc,” MacDonald describes the  Gál 3rd Symphony as “a substantial work, deeply felt and […]

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Concert Review- Surrey Advertiser on Surrey Mozart Players “Three Symphonies” (Mozart 35, Sibelius 7, Brahms 1

From the Surrey Advertiser, published on 8 July, 2011   Success of Bold Programme Three Symphonies, Electric Theatre, Guildford, June 18, 2011 THIS was a bold programme. On Saturday, June 18 at Guildford’s Electric Theatre, the Surrey Mozart Players presented us with three symphonies, a daunting prospect, avoiding the customary contrasts of introductory overture or […]

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