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 […]
Well, it’s nearly time to say “so long” to another year, and as we work our way through Christmas leftovers and brace for the struggles and adventures that lay ahead, it’s navel-gazing season at Vftp, when we look back at the musical year just past. The Repertoire Report project has been an interesting one (at […]
“…bringing to Schumann’s comparably sparkling and life-enhancing ‘Spring’ Symphony such boundless vitality, scrupulous fidelity to the printed score, delicious wit and (above all) entrancing freshness of new discovery. This stylish and consistently invigorating coupling represents both an exemplary rescue act and genuine tonic to boot. Investigate without delay!”
“anyone… who generally welcomes song, dance, deepness of human feeling and clarity in their music will find much to entrance and enlighten here. It is certainly good to have a choice of recordings for Gál 2, to compare and contrast, but Woods’s version is the place to start…this thoughtfully considered account belongs in the Schumann 4 collection alongside Boult, Celibidache, Sawallisch (Dresden) and Szell”
The final result may be the most compelling reawakening of Schumann in the last decades – and simultaneously a long-overdue vindication of Hans Gál.
“This account is a joy from start to exuberant finish, perfectly paced and superbly played…Very strongly recommended”
‘This traumatic experience…was linked to his First Symphony… This symphony thus spans the years of his ripening, the summer of his life… At that time he developed a stoicism, an ability to suppress his feelings and to tame the chaos within him, just as he mastered the art of channelling into a form the tumultuous, […]
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, […]
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.
From the December 2012 issue of The Strad A disc of String trios where time and place play an inescapable role Buy here from MDT UK Buy here from Arkiv USA Buy here from Amazon UK Buy here from Amazon USA Here is music for string trio by two composers of Jewish heritage from […]
A very positive new review of Ensemble Epomeo’s debut CD from Classical Source editor Colin Anderson. Read the whole thing here. A short sample follows below Buy here from MDT UK Buy here from Arkiv USA Buy here from Amazon UK Buy here from Amazon USA However, although placed at the end of the […]
A new review of the latest disc in the Orchestra of the Swan Gal/Schumann series by critic Byzantion is available on the MusicWeb International website. Click here to order from MDT Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk Click here to order from Amazon.com Read the whole thing here. A short sample follows- The four semi-spotlit […]
A new review from critic Graham Rickson this week at The Arts Desk is available here. Click here to order from MDT Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk Click here to order from Amazon.com Excerpts: “An Austrian Jew who eventually settled in Edinburgh and achieved fame as an academic, Gál’s early renown came through composition. […]
A new review from Robert R Reilly in the June Crisis Magazine of several recent Hans Gál recordings, including Bobby and Hans vol. 1, which he describes as follows: Get your copy direct from Avie Download from iTunes “The Third Symphony, which opens with such a gentle, lovely theme on the oboe, then the […]