Beethoven's last string quartets are referenced extensively in Shostakovich's Eighth

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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Special arrangements have been made

NOW AVAILABLE As many of you know, all of us at the English Symphony Orchestra are busy gearing up for our 2015 Elgar Pilgrimage from the 7th-10th of October, with concerts in some of Elgar’s favourite haunts: Hereford, Malvern and Birmingham (on October 9th and 10th) One of the highlights of the festival promises to […]

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Explore the score: Schumann- Symphony no. 2

(First time using “Explore the score?” Just click on the hyperlinks within the text to hear the musical excerpts.) “Here is something truly symphonic, a gesture worthy to introduce a great work…” Hans Gál, Schumann Orchestral Music “I sketched it at a time when I was ailing, and I may well state that it was, […]

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LvB 9- Furtwangler 1942

“A unique personality whose fatal flaw lay in his uncompromising belief that music and art must be kept apart from politics, a conviction that transformed him into a tragic figure.” Publisher’s blurb for The Devil’s Music Master: The Controversial Life and Career of Wilhelm Furtwängler It will probably come as no surprise to readers that […]

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Song of the Earth perspectives: Peter Davison- Mahler seeks the Earth’s embrace

Celebrating the release of SOMM Recording’s new CD of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Lieder Eines fahrenden Gesellen, we begin a new series of essays and podcasts exploring Mahler’s Song of the Earth. You can explore Mahler’s masterpiece in depth through past and future Vftp posts and essays, listen to audio samples and […]

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Did Brahms Kill Sibelius? (Brahms 1 meets Sibelius 7)

    Many knowledgeable musicians consider Schoenberg to be the musical successor of Brahms. Schoenberg himself thought so too. (You’ve got to hand it to Schoenberg- he managed to position himself pretty convincingly as the heir to both Brahms and Mahler, grabbing a chunk of Wagner’s legacy for good measure). Of course the comparison is […]

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A last minute substitution and a Beethovenian milestone revisited

I had hoped to avoid any unwanted drama surrounding my Lancashire Chamber Orchestra concert on Saturdayday by avoiding any travel that morning. . ‘Twas not to be. A couple of hours before our dress rehearsal, I had a call from Georgina, the orchestra’s chair and manager.  It  turned out that Anne, our usually indefatigable and […]

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Concert Review- Classical Source on New Queen’s Hall Orchestra Gala with KW and K&W

Full Review at “New Queen’s Hall Orchestra Gala Concert” “Reviewed by: Douglas Cooksey Rossini Il signor Bruschino – Overture Walton Facade: An Entertainment [selection] Andrew Divine, adapted and arranged Roy Moore Faith [first performance] Beethoven Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92 Kit & The Widow (reciters) New Queen’s Hall Orchestra Kenneth Woods St John’s, Smith Square, London Thursday, […]

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