Robert Schumann

The All-Time Official Greatest Unknown Violin Concertos. These 10 Fantastic Pieces are Going To Completely BLOW YOUR MIND

Ever wonder what  sort of concertos exist for the violin beyond the marvelous mainstays from Mozart,  Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Bruch, Brahms and Sibelius? Well- there’s a lot out there. There are a number of tremendous 20th. C concerti that are now pretty well established in the repertoire, such as those by Shostakovich (particularly his First), Barber, […]

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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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A “real” conducting divertimento- the legendary composer-conductors

Before unveiling the hotly anticipated final 5 of our “Real” Top 20 Conductors, I thought it might be interesting to, er, milk the moment with a little divertimento or two. Regular Vftp contributor Peter Davison beat me to the punch on one topic:   “There’s another category to consider – composer-conductors. Britten was a fine […]

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VFTP exclusive- The real Top 20 of Conducting. Part Three: 11-15

Part three of our survey of the real 20 greatest conductors of all time is now ready. Part one is here, part two is here. We hope that you will appreciate the many careful minutes of preparation and consideration that went into this list, and the dozens of meticulously managed seconds spent crafting the commentaries […]

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VFTP exclusive- The real Top 20 of Conducting. Part One: 1-5

The current issue of BBC Music Magazine has a featured list of the “20 Greatest Conductors of All Time,” including one fantastic misprint in the press release version of the list now circulating- “Terenc” rather than “Ferenc” Fricsay 1. Carlos Kleiber (1930-2004) Austrian 2. Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) American 3. Claudio Abbado (b1933) Italian 4. Herbert […]

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