CD Review- BBC Music Magazine on Elgar/Fraser Piano Quintet and Sea Pictures

A review from critic Stephen Johnson in the July 2016 issue of BBC Music Magazine for the new Avie Records recording of Elgar’s Piano Quintet and Sea Pictures as orchestrated by Donald Fraser. “The result is pretty remarkable. Fraser hasn’t just translated Elgar’s notes into rich and powerful orchestral terms, he as added (discreetly it […]

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CD Review: Five Stars from International Piano for ESO/KW Krenek Piano Concertos

A fantastic new 5-star review for the new recording of the Krenek Piano Concertos no.’s 1-3 with pianist Mikhail Korzhev on Toccata Classics/Toccata Press from International Piano Magazine critic Guy Rickards. Benjamin Michael Haas was producing, Ben Connellan was the engineer. Five stars: “On the evidence of the first three, magisterially delivered by Korzhev, they […]

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Kenneth Woods’ Debut at Colorado MahlerFest XXIX

MahlerFest musicians come through for new director Kenneth Woods Review from Boulder Daily Camera critic Kelly Dean Hansen. Read the whole thing here “…Woods showed why he is revered as a Mahler interpreter.”   “For Colorado MahlerFest, whose essence has been synonymous with founder Robert Olson for 28 years, this was potentially even more daunting. […]

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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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BREAKING- Leading Professional Orchestra To Give Up Music

A leading professional orchestra has announced they are giving up rehearsing, teaching and performing music to focus on their “core mission,” it has been announced. The board and management of the Southlands Sinfonia in Weicester have decided to cancel all future plans for concerts, recordings and music courses to “focus on what makes this orchestra […]

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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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Guest blog- Peter Davison on Unquiet Earth at The Bridgewater Hall

Unquiet Earth will be performed at The Bridgewater Hall on Saturday the 23rd of April, 2016 at 3 PM as part of the BWH’s Echoes of  a Mountain Song series. Tickets and additional information available via The Bridgewater Hall website here. Clare Hammond (piano) Jane Wilkinson (soprano)Suzanne Casey (violin) Kenneth Woods (cello)Peter Davison (narrator) Despite her short life, Emily Brontë produced one of […]

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Explore the Score- Beethoven: Symphony no. 3 in E-flat major, Opus 55, “Sinfonica eroica”

Beethoven’s Third Symphony is a work of such monumental historic and artistic importance that it’s worth prefacing a discussion of it by reminding the reader that even if Beethoven had died before composing it, he would have already secured his place in the pantheon of the greatest composers who had ever lived. Although it was […]

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Classical CD and Ticket Sales Soar Following Arrest of Pothead Cellist

Sales of concert tickets and recordings by classical orchestras, opera companies and chamber ensembles skyrocketed this week following the arrest of a  cellist who was found to be carrying 113 pounds of marijuana in his car. “Dude,” said new classical fan Brian “Tweedy” aka “The Doc” Billings of Austin, Texas, “most music has just been […]

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Only the Crappiest Thrive

Longstanding Vftp readers will have noticed a couple of relatively major shifts of emphasis here at the blog in recent years. As my administrative responsibilities have increased (much to my dismay), my time and mental space for blogging have been in much scarcer supply, and each year’s total output on Vftp seems to be a […]

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