There is a nice interview with recordings editor Phil Sommerich in the current (July 2, 2011) issue of Classical Music Magazine. We talked about Schumann as humorist, a facet of his music often overlooked, and the joys of playing his music with a virtuoso chamber orchestra. We also talked about Gal’s distinctive sense of wit- one of the 20th c.’ s few musical humorists whose wit is not particularly tinged with anger, bitterness or sarcasm. Finally, we talked about the genesis of our new Mahler disc on Somm, and how I came to work with three such stunning soloists. To any human foghorns offended by my remark about dodgy contraltos, I apologize. Contralto is my favorite voice type, so I’m bound to get a little passionate about its misuse. Meanwhile, pick up our copy soon, or, better yet, subscribe.
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