Concert Review- Birmingham Post, Orchestra of the Swan at Civic Hall, “Spring Sounds 2012 Finale- The Trumpet Shall Sound”

A review from senior critic Christopher Morley at the Birmingham Post of last week’s Orchestra of the Swan performance in Stratford-upon-Avon featuring trumpet virtuoso, Simon Desbruslais. For space reasons, the original review was slightly cut for the print edition, omitting some key detail, so, with the author’s permission, we reproduce his complete, original text here. […]

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Which would you rather conduct? Or: Joining the Mozart Protection Society

Eighteen months ago in a program planning session, this sentence filled me with dread: “How about a clarinet concerto?” Don’t get me wrong- I love the clarinet as much as the next guy, but, in my experience, nobody ever really means “how about a clarinet concerto?” They almost always mean “how about the clarinet concerto?” […]

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Website issues

Hi everyone For some time now, the “categories” and “tags” here at VFTP have not been working at all. The crack technical team at Portland Internetworks are hard at work on the problem, and have got them working, but it seems they will only work if we change the permalink format. This may mean that […]

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The minority opinion

Robert Saxton’s 1992 trumpet concerto, “Psalm- A Song of Ascents” must be one of the most intense 19 minutes in music history. Described, with charming self-deprecation, by its composer as “a semi-impossible” piece, it is a dramatic masterwork that pushes soloist, conductor, orchestra and audience to their very limits. The writing ranges from the unison […]

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Explore the Score- Bobby Schumann busts out the Klangfarbenmelodie

Klangfarbenmelodie, or “tone colour melody” is one of those 2 dollar words we all learned in undergraduate music history class. Simply described, in Klangfarbenmelodie, a single melodic line jumps from instrument to instrument, creating a more-or-less constantly varied coloration of the melodic line. It’s a word we normally associate with the composers of the New […]

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BREAKING- Olympic Athletes to Mime Entire 2012 Games

London- Eyebrows were raised across the sporting world today when anonymous sources within the Olympic organizing committee revealed  that athletes in the 2012 Games have been told to mime their events to a pre-recorded result and commentary. In the case of the eagerly-awaited Men’s 100 Meter event, the actual race was run under controlled conditions […]

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CD Review- Sunday New York Times on Bobby and Hans vol. 2

A new review for the Orchestra of the Swan’s recording of Hans Gal’s Fourth Symphony and Schumann’s Second from fellow Wisconsin native/cheesehead James R. Oestreich, in the June 3rd edition of the New York Times. Read the whole thing here.  A short sample follows Click here to order from MDT Click here to order from […]

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CD Review- Classical Source on Bobby and Hans vol. 2

A new review for the Orchestra of the Swan’s new recording of Hans Gal’s Fourth Symphony and Schumann’s Second from critic Colin Anderson, editor at Classical Source. Read the whole thing here. A short sample follows Click here to order from MDT Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk Click here to order from Amazon.com   Gal: […]

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