Explore the Score: Shostakovich- Symphony no. 5 in D minor

Welcome to a special edition of Explore the Score. I’ve told friends for years that some day I wanted to write a book about Shostakovich  5. Here’s the short version.     Dmitri Shostakovich- Symphony no. 5 in D minor opus 47 Genesis Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony would, at first glance, seem, on purely musical grounds, […]

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Expert’s perspective- Mahler 9, a bitter burlesque

The Bridgewater Hall- Mahler in Manchester In American football, coaches learn that when a play is working for you, go keep going to it until the other team figures out a way to stop it. In this spirit, I’ve asked Peter Davison, whose previous contributions to this series ahve been so valuable and complimentary, for […]

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Performer’s Perspective- Mahler 1, a riddle

The Bridgewater Hall- Mahler in Manchester Mahler in Manchester begins this weekend, as Gianandrea Noseda leads the BBC Philharmonic in Mahler’s 1st Symphony. The performance takes place at 7:30 PM on the 16th of January, 2010 in The Bridgewater Hall I promised, or at least hinted at, a riddle in Mahler 1 to be discussed, and […]

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Performer’s Perspective- Mahler 1, a challenge

The Bridgewater Hall- Mahler in Manchester Mahler in Manchester begins this weekend, as Gianandrea Noseda leads the BBC Philharmonic in Mahler’s 1st Symphony. The performance takes place at 7:30 PM on the 16th of January, 2010 in The Bridgewater Hall Even today, the First probably remains Mahler’s most popular piece- a generation ago, it was […]

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Performer’s Perspective- Is Mahler’s music hard(er) to conduct?

“Is Mahler’s music more difficult to conduct than that of other composers?” When I was asked this question just the other day it was by no means for the first time. It is not hard to understand why a listener might suspect that Mahler’s music is harder to conduct than that of most other composers- […]

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Vftp- Official Blog of Mahler in Manchester

We’re very excited to announce that A View from the Podium is going to be the official blog of The Bridgewater Hall’s “Mahler in Manchester” festival. You can visit our welcome page here. Mahler content is nothing new at Vftp, and you can continue to access all of it by visiting the “Mahler” category. The […]

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