Mravinsky- Neither fast nor slow

I’m putting the finishing touches on my lecture “Shostakovich in Leningrad” (taking place this Sunday at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Details here). I’m currently finalizing the portion of talk on Mravinsky, and have found some very interesting material. Conductor Alexander Polyanichko played in the violin section of Mravinsky’s Leningrad Philharmonic  in the 1980’s. His […]

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Explore the score- Elgar Cello Concerto

Cellist Antonio Meneses and the Northern Sinfonia have just made a stunning recording of Elgar and Gal’s cello concerti with his longtime friend and collaborator, conductor Claudio Cruz. Although I wasn’t involved in the recording, Avie Records asked me to write the liner notes for the CD, which I was very happy to do.  The […]

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Explore the Score: Shostakovich- Symphony no. 5 in D minor

Welcome to a special edition of Explore the Score. I’ve told friends for years that some day I wanted to write a book about Shostakovich  5. Here’s the short version.     Dmitri Shostakovich- Symphony no. 5 in D minor opus 47 Genesis Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony would, at first glance, seem, on purely musical grounds, […]

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Concert Review- Classical Source on Orchestra of the Swan at Cadogan Hall

There’s a very nice review of last night’s concert with Orchestra of the Swan by critic Edward Clark now up on the Classical Source website. Read the whole thing here. A short sample follows: ….This Orchestra of the Swan concert began with the first such genius, Edward Elgar. His early Serenade for Strings sometimes bores […]

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