The 10 Greatest “Must Hear” Cello Concerti of the Last 50 years

Whether it was folklore or fact, I’m not in a position to say, but in the latter years of his career, it was reputed that Rostropovich’s fee for a performance of the Dvorak Cello Concerto hovered around $80,000. For any of the 60 or so works written for him, however, he was willing to lower […]

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On the skis, at the top of a new run, Part V

On tour with Ensemble Epomeo, Day 7 Yesterday morning, all that remained (after the stack of emails) was the final 100 miles or so to the Manchester Airport, a quick flight to Philly and concert at Penn. Hah! As we pulled away from the house, I heard an ominous noise. “Stop the car,” I told […]

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Ischia- buildings, tempi and mixed opinions

I’m back in the UK after a memorable week at the Ischia Chamber Music Festival in Italy. For me and my colleagues in Ensemble Epomeo, the focal point of the week was our concert on Thursday in the Church of Mary Magdeline in Cassamicciola. It’s a stunning church, and we received a very warm welcome […]

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