In praise of copulating warthogs

So….. It wouldn’t have been too surprising if I had felt a little bit picked on the other day when a critic compared the noises I made while conducting Sibelius 7 to those made by a certain notorious women’s tennis champion: -Tension and momentum were impressively sustained throughout, though the conductor’s energetic gestures to the strings brought […]

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Mahler 1: Bass Solo means Solo Bass means One Solo Bass Playing the Bass Solo

I read this review of a performance of Mahler 1 today: “Among the rare highlights were the impressively unisono Frère Jacques (played by the basses in tutti with just the right amount of dread)” Jens F Laurson, reviewing the London Symphony Orchestra playing Mahler 1 with Gergiev in Leipzig this week (I appreciate Laurson’s openness  to Gergiev’s […]

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Performer’s Perspective- Mahler 7, a degree of difficulty

Ken’s first summer at Colorado MahlerFest is just around the corner, and so it seems time to add to the Mahler- A Performer’s Perspective library here at Vftp. This year’s festival centers on Mahler’s 7th Symphony with performances on the 21st and 22nd of May. Festival details and booking information are here.   In the […]

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Live blogging a concert- SMP at the Electric

It was a fine evening of music with the SMP- Schumann and Haydn make for a very good pair anytime they appear on the same program together. Both criminally under-rated, both great inventors and innovators, both with supreme wit… On top of this, they both seem masters of those moments that make you want to […]

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