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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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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Beethoven 9 Pontifications, part II. Decoding those pesky metronome markings

The metronome mark  problem. If you’ve been reading the classical music press over the last month or so, you would swear up and down that the great Riccardo Chailly had personally discovered the metronome markings  in the Beethoven symphonies. Not so! It turns out those markings have been in the music for years, that a […]

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CD Review- MusicWeb International on Bobby and Hans vol. 1

Critic Rob Barnett at MusicWeb is a little suspicious about coupling Bobby and Hans: “I don’t hold with the practice of coupling the classical familiar with the 20th century unfamiliar.  I wonder if it does sell more discs… For me it is dilution not addition.” It’s a fair question. We’ve been planning a blog post for a long […]

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CD Review- Gramophone on Orchestra of the Swan, Mahler- Das Lied von der Erde

In the October 2011 issue of Gramophone Magazine, one can now find the first review to directly compare the Orchestra of the Swan recording of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the new recording by Manchester Camerata and Douglas Boyd of Das Lied von der Erde (no coupling) on […]

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CD Review and Interview- Gramophone on Gal/Schumann 3rd Symphonies

Gramophone Magazine devotes a whole page to their review of Bobby and Hans vol. 1 in the September issue, now on newsstands. Be sure to pick up a copy- my man Edward Elgar is on the cover, what could be better?  There is also a short interview that I did with reviews editor Andrew Mellor […]

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CD Review- Dallas Morning News on Bobby and Hans vol. 1, and Gal Triptych for Orchestra

Hans Gal takes Texas by storm! Published today in the Dallas Morning news: a joint review of two discs featuring the orchestral music of Hans Gal. Last year’s recording of the Gal Violin Concerto, Concertino for Violin and Strings and Triptych for Orchestra with Northern Sinfonia is listened to alongside the new disc of Gal […]

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CD Review- Classic FM Magazine on Bobby and Hans volume 1

A new review in the September Classic FM Magazine of Bobby and Hans volume 1 from Andrew Mellor, now on newsstands. An excerpt follows:       Get your copy direct from Avie   Download from iTunes Order Here from Presto Classical From Classic FM Magazine September 2011 Schumann, Gal **** (Four stars) “Rhenish” Symphony […]

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CD Review- MusicWeb-International on Orchestra of the Swan- Song of the Earth

Just published at Musicweb-International is a new review by critic Guy Aron of our new recording with Orchestra of the Swan of chamber versions of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen on Somm. It’s quite an extensive review with a generous helping of historical background and comparison to other recordings. […]

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