CD Review- Gramophone on Orchestra of the Swan, Mahler- Das Lied von der Erde

In the October 2011 issue of Gramophone Magazine, one can now find the first review to directly compare the Orchestra of the Swan recording of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the new recording by Manchester Camerata and Douglas Boyd of Das Lied von der Erde (no coupling) on […]

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Classical Recordings Quarterly on Orchestra of the Swan Das Lied von der Erde and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

There is a review from critic David Patmore in the current issue of Classical Recordings Quarterly of the new Orchestra of the Swan recording of Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Das Lied von der Erde on Somm Recordings. The complete review is available via paid subscription on the Classical Recordings Quarterly website. A short […]

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What’s in a name? Depends on whether it’s the right name.

Reformist musicologists with a politically-correct worldview might find themselves raising an eyebrow at this week’s Surrey Mozart Players concert, where, with blatant disregard for all the latest scholarship, the orchestra and I will be playing Johannes Brahms’ “Variations on a theme of Josef Haydn.” We will not be playing the now-ubiquitous “Variations on the Saint Anthony Chorale.” […]

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Uncle Dmitri says you must bring BEEG rabbit.

  The excerpt above is the beginning of the 3rd movement of Shostkovich’s 10th Symphony, a work I conducted last week with the Kent County Youth Orchestra. Shostakovich 10 is a serious piece, and a seriously difficult piece. When news gets out that I’m doing a piece like this with a youth orchestra (“Shostakovich 10???? […]

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The Real 20 Greatest Piano Concerti of the 20th C., part I, no’s 20-11

This is a list I’ve been thinking about ever since I first conducted the Prokofiev 2nd Piano Concerto with Daniel de Borah about five years ago. I was amused at the thought of just how far down the list of the greatest piano concerti of the 20th c. I would go before I got to […]

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