Guest Blog- Peter Davison, the Dialogue between East and West

  Reflections on Debussy: East and West in meaningful dialogue Peter Davison ponders the recent Reflections on Debussy series at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, discovering what its creative dialogue between East and West might tell us about the state of contemporary culture. The dialogue between East and West has long been considered a fruitful source of […]

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Song of the Earth perspectives: Peter Davison- Mahler seeks the Earth’s embrace

Celebrating the release of SOMM Recording’s new CD of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Lieder Eines fahrenden Gesellen, we begin a new series of essays and podcasts exploring Mahler’s Song of the Earth. You can explore Mahler’s masterpiece in depth through past and future Vftp posts and essays, listen to audio samples and […]

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Mahler Meditations for May 18, 1911, Peter Davison asks “Why Mahler?”

As we approach the 100th Anniversary of Mahler’s death (which took place on 18 May, 1911), we thought it might be interesting to offer a few essays or meditations on why Mahler’s music  speaks to us today as it does. First up, regular Vftp contributor Peter Davison puts forth his own answer to Norman Lebrecht’s […]

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Another perspective- Peter Davison on Mahler 7

  Guest blogger Peter Davison will be a symposium speaker at the 29th annual Colorado MahlerFest on Saturday the 21st of May. The MahlerFest Orchestra will be performing Mahler’s 7th Symphony under their newly-appointed Artistic Director Kenneth woods on the 21st and 22nd of May. Details available here. How Wagner leads us to Mahler’s Seventh Symphony […]

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Guest blog- Peter Davison on Mahler and Strauss at Orchestra of the Swan

Last Friday’s Orchestra of the Swan performance of the Strauss Emperor Waltz and Mahler’s “Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen” and “Das Lied von der Erde” were prefaced by a wonderful and thought-provoking pre-concert talk by Mahler scholar and Vftp contributor, Peter Davison. In it, he not only finds the connections between these three remarkable and iconic […]

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Expert’s Perspective- Mahler 5, an Ass and Two Birds

“The donkey found it pleasing, and only said Wait! Wait! Wait! I will announce my judgement now. Well have you sung, Nightingale! But, Cuckoo, you sing a good chorale!” On Friday, the intrepid musicians of the Harlech Orchestral Academy performed Mahler’s Fifth Symphony- a performance that was every bit as hot as the auditorium we were […]

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Expert’s Perspective- Mahler 10, a crisis

The Bridgewater Hall- Mahler in Manchester Peter Davison continues his invaluable contributions to the Mahler discussions here with his thoughts on Mahler’s unfinished Tenth Symphony. On Saturday, June 5th, the BBC Philharmonic and Gianandrea Noseda will perform Deryck Cooke’s  performing version of the work in the final concert of Mahler in Manchester Escaping Klingsor’s Magic […]

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Expert’s perspective- Mahler 9, a bitter burlesque

The Bridgewater Hall- Mahler in Manchester In American football, coaches learn that when a play is working for you, go keep going to it until the other team figures out a way to stop it. In this spirit, I’ve asked Peter Davison, whose previous contributions to this series ahve been so valuable and complimentary, for […]

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Expert’s Perspective- Mahler 8, What is “the Eternal Feminine?”

The Bridgewater Hall- Mahler in Manchester Before and after the Mahler in Manchester performance of Mahler 8 last week, there has been a lot of discussion about what Mahler meant in this work by “the Eternal Feminine” and what, if anything, we should take as listeners from his dedication of the piece to his wife, […]

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Another Perspective- Peter Davison on the Adagietto.

The Bridgewater Hall- Mahler in Manchester Hi everyone- I have a crazy turnaround between gigs this week and I need to write something about Shostakovich 7 while the experience is still fresh, so we’re callin’ in the reserves. I mentioned to Peter Davison the other day that I wanted to follow up on this piece […]

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Performer’s Perspective- Mahler 3, a scherzo on a poem

Hi readers- Peter Davison and I have continued to chat about the meaning of the Rott references in Mahler 3, which were further spurred along my the question of sin raised in my Mahler 4 post. He’s made some more very interesting discoveries, especially about the Scherzo. Rather than burry this in a comment, I […]

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