Hans Gal Piano Concerto a 2016 Gramophone Magazine Critic’s Choice

We’re all very, very pleased and proud to see Sarah Beth Briggs’ wonderful AVIE Records recording of piano concerti by Mozart and Hans Gál get a Gramophone Magazine Critic’s Choice of 2016 from Guy Rickards in the year-end issue of the magazine. Bravos to Sarah and my wonderful colleagues in the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Congrats […]

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CD Review- BBC Music Magazine on Gál and Mozart Piano Concertos with Sarah Beth Briggs and Royal Northern Sinfonia

A fantastic review from Eric Levi for the recent Avie Records recording of Gál and Mozart Piano Concertos with Sarah Beth Briggs and the Royal Northern Sinfonia in the August, 2016 issue of BBC Music Magazine. “It’s something of a mystery as to why this attractive and accessible work enjoyed only a few performances in […]

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CD Review- Gramophone Magazine on Elgar arr. Fraser- Sea Pictures and Piano Quintet

Critic Andrew Achenbach writes in the July 2016 issue of Gramophone Magazine. “To my ears, Fraser’s richly upholstered orchestration works a treat yet also manages to be astutely appreciative of the simmering passion and sense of loss that permeate this wistful creation (the Adagio slow movement is especially affecting). Plaudits, too, for Woods’s characteristically lucid […]

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CD Review- Words and Music on Bobby and Hans vol 4

“Kenneth Woods and the Orchestra of the Swan versus Yannick Nezet-Seguin and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Woods wins it. One needs express no surprise when the committed outfit with its own conductor beats the prestige youngsters under the rising star jet-setter. The Woods performance is tighter, rhythmically crisper, richer in contrasts, more characterful and always closer to the composer’s wishes.”

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48 Hours ’til Bobberdammerung

Hello everyone Bobberdammerung approaches! It’s less than forty-eight hours now until recording sessions begin for volume 4 of Bobby and Hans- the complete symphonies of Hans Gal and Robert Schumann. We’re all very excited that the day is nearly at hand. YOU made it happen! Interest in the project continues to pick up. Performance Today, […]

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CD Review- RECORDING OF THE MONTH: MusicWeb International, Steve Arloff on Gal/Krasa Complete String Trios

The disc leaves you feeling profoundly moved as well as drained and I can hardly imagine how it must feel to play such music. This is an extremely important musical document on all counts…

The Ensemble Epomeo play all four compositions with huge commitment and brilliant flair revealing every nuance in four wonderful works for string trio. In every way this is a fantastic disc that listeners will want to hear again and again.

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Explore the Score- Schumann Symphony in D minor

It’s time for the third installment in our Explore the Score series on the Schumann symphonies. Our new recording of Gal’s 2nd Symphony and Schumann’s Fourth has just been released on Avie Records. Ordering via these links helps support these important recordings. Explore the score: Schumann Symphony no. 2. Explore the score: Schumann Symphony no. […]

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Explore the score- Elgar Cello Concerto

Cellist Antonio Meneses and the Northern Sinfonia have just made a stunning recording of Elgar and Gal’s cello concerti with his longtime friend and collaborator, conductor Claudio Cruz. Although I wasn’t involved in the recording, Avie Records asked me to write the liner notes for the CD, which I was very happy to do.  The […]

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Happy Birthday Bobby: CD Track Giveaway!

Today is June 8th, 2011. It is the 201st birthday of the great Bobby Schumann: author, pianist, publisher, public intellectual, beer drinker, and one of the greatest composers who ever lived. Discovering and exploring the music of Robert Schumann has been one of the great joys of my musical life. His music never ceases to […]

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Bobby and Hans- Two Days and Two Symphonies with Orchestra of the Swan, part I

I’ve been enjoying my first couple of relatively quiet days at Vftp International Headquarters in some time. So much has happened in the last several weeks that I’ve been torn between wanting to do a whole bunch of blogging to take stock of all that experience and wanting to do a whole lot of sleeping […]

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