Entertaining our children to death

It’s not often that something from the New York Times Op-ed pages gets you thinking about music for children, but a blog post by Paul Krugman this week reawakened a line of thought that had been simmering away in my subconscious since the premiere last week of the new orchestral version of my setting of […]

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nopr: Does Science Really Need Scientists?

  Have you ever wondered whether scientific scientists actually influence their science experiments? They seem important. After all, they’re standing in the middle of the lab wearing white coats and goggles, doing stuff, giving instructions, waving their hands and pressing buttons. But the science machines are all connected to computers that are telling them what […]

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What’s in a name? Depends on whether it’s the right name.

Reformist musicologists with a politically-correct worldview might find themselves raising an eyebrow at this week’s Surrey Mozart Players concert, where, with blatant disregard for all the latest scholarship, the orchestra and I will be playing Johannes Brahms’ “Variations on a theme of Josef Haydn.” We will not be playing the now-ubiquitous “Variations on the Saint Anthony Chorale.” […]

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“Mahler Comes to Wales” and everywhere else

Mahler is in the air today- I’m on way to rehearsal this evening, and what should I find on my daily check of Norman Lebrecht’s Slipped Disc but a mention of the very concert I’m conducting here in Wrexham The American conductor Kenneth Woods is about to present the sixth symphony as part of a […]

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Classical Music Magazine on KW and Gal

There is a very nice piece in the current issue of Classical Music magazine on music of Hans Gal and our current efforts to get his music on disc. Click on the scan below to see a full sized (and easier to read) version. Regular Vftp readers will know that the first Gal CD discussed […]

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Holiday blogosphere wrap-up- Lebrecht and Stockinger

Even as we all struggle to break free of seemingly unshakeable holiday lethargy, the blogosphere is coming back to life. In fact, some bloggers have been inspiringly busy over the holidays. One blogger who has been particularly productive over the break has been the indefatigable dynamo, Norman Lebrecht. His blog, Slipped Disc, has continued to […]

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Press leftovers- Music I couldn’t live without..

A few months back, I was asked by a music writer for an e-interview on “music I couldn’t live without.” I thought it turned out pretty well, but never got published, so here it is…. What are the pieces you couldn’t do without? It depends a lot on how you define “do without.” Some of […]

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Well-Tempered Ear: KW and Hans Gal Week part I

The Well-Tempered Ear has quickly become the official source for classical music news and reviews serving Madison, Wisconsin’s very diverse and vibrant scene. Jacob Stockinger was the arts and culture desk editor and the former features editor and former news and investigative reporter at The Capital Times newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin from 1981 until his […]

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Don’t Beat

I don’t know if I can say this definitively, but as far as I know, Vftp is the oldest conductor’s blog still going, and when I first started I couldn’t find any examples of other substantial blogging projects by any other conductors. While it’s nice to be first, we all need models and in those […]

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