More Mahler 7 connections

Hi Mahler fans. Following on from last week’s post on Mahler 7, I’ve had a number of questions, challenges and queries which have led to some very illuminating discussions. I thought I’d share a few highlights of those here. A couple of readers asked what the connection (“to be continued”) is between M7 and M8. […]

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Performer’s Perspective- Mahler 7, a culmination

Originally published in 2010: I finally managed to make it to one of the Mahler in Manchester concerts this past weekend (in spite of my blog project, I’ve had concerts of my own every previous concert night). Happily, this time I had a rehearsal in Manchester, so I was able to catch Gianandrea Noseda and […]

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The Official, Definitive, Ultimate, Real Top Ten Sexiest Moments in the Music of Gustav Mahler

Julian Johnson’s excellent book  “Mahler’s Voices” has been languishing on various bookshelves at Vftp Int’l Headquarters in an embarrassingly half-read state for a few years. As last week’s Mahler 5 performance approached, I was inspired to open the book and dip in to a random chapter while waiting for a repairman to come to the […]

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BREAKING- Coalition Government to Introduce “Mahler Licensing Scheme”

The Home Office is launching a new “Mahler Licensing Scheme” from 2013, it was announced on Tuesday in Downing Street. “If the tragic events of 2010-11 taught us anything” Prime Minister David Cameron said in a joint press conference with Home Secretary Teresa May and leading Mahler biographer Henri Louis de la Grange “it is […]

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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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CD Review- Classical Source on Orchestra of the Swan: Song of the Earth

A new review at the Classical Source from Peter Reed of the new Orchestra of the Swan recording of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen on Somm. Read the whole thing here. A short sample follows:   …The three singers are superb. In the Wayfarer songs, the baritone (with a strong […]

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CD Review- Birmingham Post on Mahler Das Lied von der Erde

A new review of  our new Orchestra of the Swan Mahler disc in the Birmingham Post by senior critic Christopher Morley. The Post doesn’t have CD reviews on their website, so the complete review is below.   MAHLER: LIEDER EINES FAHRENDEN GESELLEN, DAS LIED VON DER ERDE: Orchestra of the Swan/Woods (SOMMCD 0109) (for classical CD […]

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Mahler 6: Some of the reasons why I conduct Scherzo-Andante (and why I could be wrong)

There are few more contentious subjects amongst Mahlerians than the order of movements in the 6th Symphony. As part of the Performer’s Perspective series last year, I tried to explain what a big and fairly complicated question it is. More recently, as part of my interview with Erik Klackner the other day at Everything but […]

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CD Review- Nottingham Post on Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde arr. Schoenberg

From the June 10, 2011 Nottingham Post Orchestra Of The Swan/Soloists: Mahler Lieder   Contralto Emma Curtis displays ardour in Mahler’s hour-long Song Of The Earth, with Brennen Guillory in the role of tipsy tenor. This setting of poems from the Chinese has Viennese accents which the orchestra capture perfectly under Kenneth Woods, their American principal  guest conductor. Schoenberg’s […]

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Mahler 1: Bass Solo means Solo Bass means One Solo Bass Playing the Bass Solo

I read this review of a performance of Mahler 1 today: “Among the rare highlights were the impressively unisono Frère Jacques (played by the basses in tutti with just the right amount of dread)” Jens F Laurson, reviewing the London Symphony Orchestra playing Mahler 1 with Gergiev in Leipzig this week (I appreciate Laurson’s openness  to Gergiev’s […]

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Mahler Meditations for May 18, 1911, Peter Davison asks “Why Mahler?”

As we approach the 100th Anniversary of Mahler’s death (which took place on 18 May, 1911), we thought it might be interesting to offer a few essays or meditations on why Mahler’s music  speaks to us today as it does. First up, regular Vftp contributor Peter Davison puts forth his own answer to Norman Lebrecht’s […]

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Another perspective- Peter Davison on Mahler 7

  Guest blogger Peter Davison will be a symposium speaker at the 29th annual Colorado MahlerFest on Saturday the 21st of May. The MahlerFest Orchestra will be performing Mahler’s 7th Symphony under their newly-appointed Artistic Director Kenneth woods on the 21st and 22nd of May. Details available here. How Wagner leads us to Mahler’s Seventh Symphony […]

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