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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Session Diaries- Bobby and Hans vol. 3 with Orchestra of the Swan, Monday morning…

Monday, 3 December, 2012 Session 1- 10:00 AM Scheduled: Schumann- Symphony no. 4, mvts 1 and 2 Recording is like nothing else- getting great material on disc requires a rather unforgiving balance of precision and passion. To get the kind of passion and energy that makes a recorded performance leap out of the speakers, the […]

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Bernard Sherman top 10 Classical CDs of 2011- Orchestra of the Swan Bobby and Hans vol. 1

A big thank you to Jason in Iowa, who alerted us to the fact that the eminent musicologist and Brahms scholar, Bernard D. Sherman,  picked Orchestra of the Swan’s recording of the Third Symphonies of Hans Gal and Robert Schumann as one of his top 10 best Classical CDs for 2011, as listed on his […]

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On the skis, at the top of a new run, Part V

On tour with Ensemble Epomeo, Day 7 Yesterday morning, all that remained (after the stack of emails) was the final 100 miles or so to the Manchester Airport, a quick flight to Philly and concert at Penn. Hah! As we pulled away from the house, I heard an ominous noise. “Stop the car,” I told […]

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CD Review- Fanfare Magazine on Gal Triptych, Violin Concerto and Conertino

From the November/December 2010 issue of Fanfare Magazine- entire article available for Fanfare subcribers. Excerpt below: CD Review by Barry Brenesal GÁL Violin Concerto. Triptych. Concertino for Violin and String Orchestra • Kenneth Woods, cond; Annette-Barbara Vogel (vn); Northern Sinf • AVIE 2146 (70:14) …. You’ll find no answers on this CD, but you will find some excellent music. […]

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