M8 Hauptthema

More Mahler 7 connections

Hi Mahler fans. Following on from last week’s post on Mahler 7, I’ve had a number of questions, challenges and queries which have led to some very illuminating discussions. I thought I’d share a few highlights of those here. A couple of readers asked what the connection (“to be continued”) is between M7 and M8. […]

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Performer’s Perspective- Mahler 7, a culmination

Originally published in 2010: I finally managed to make it to one of the Mahler in Manchester concerts this past weekend (in spite of my blog project, I’ve had concerts of my own every previous concert night). Happily, this time I had a rehearsal in Manchester, so I was able to catch Gianandrea Noseda and […]

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Special arrangements have been made

As many of you know, all of us at the English Symphony Orchestra are busy gearing up for our 2015 Elgar Pilgrimage from the 7th-10th of October, with concerts in some of Elgar’s favourite haunts: Hereford, Malvern and Birmingham (on October 9th and 10th) One of the highlights of the festival promises to be world […]

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This is a Reblog: Read the original official press release from MusicCo International UPDATE- A new interview as Ken speaks to Peter Alexander at Sharps and Flatirons here.  Coverage from Norman Lebrecht’s Slipped Disc here: “The Colorado MahlerFest in and around the city of Boulder is one of the boldest musical initiatives of modern times. ” […]

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The Greatest Unloved Symphonies

I just conducted Bruckner’s Second Symphony for the first time a few days ago- even many of the most pro-Bruckner opinion makers seem to think that only his symphonies from the Fourth onward are worth doing, and the often over-zealous defences of the early symphonies by well-intentioned  fans of the composer sometimes do more harm […]

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BREAKING- Coalition Government to Introduce “Mahler Licensing Scheme” from 2013

16 April, 2012 The Home Office is launching a new “Mahler Licensing Scheme” from 2013, it was announced on Tuesday in Downing Street. “If the tragic events of 2010-11 taught us anything” Prime Minister David Cameron said in a joint press conference with Home Secretary Teresa May and leading Mahler biographer Henri Louis de la […]

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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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Classical Recordings Quarterly on Orchestra of the Swan Das Lied von der Erde and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

There is a review from critic David Patmore in the current issue of Classical Recordings Quarterly of the new Orchestra of the Swan recording of Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Das Lied von der Erde on Somm Recordings. The complete review is available via paid subscription on the Classical Recordings Quarterly website. A short […]

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Re-rating Richard part III: Strauss, personality and politics

  Part III- Strauss’s personality and politics are as misunderstood as they are talked about. (Part I- “He was no Mahler, he was no Wagner” is here” Part III  Strauss- Innovation and Absolute Music is here) Richard Strauss’s music is an intergral and popular part of the modern concert repertoire, and yet, he remains one of […]

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Who are the most underrated composers of all time?

I’ve been thinking for a long time about writing a series on the most underrated composers in music history. Neglected and underrated music is a recurring, if not always an explicit theme here, to be sure, in many posts. So far, I’ve shied away from producing anything as straightforward as a Top 10 or Top […]

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