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Explore the Score- Brahms, Serenade No. 1 in D major (reconstruction of original version for nonet)

[Click here to Explore the Score of the companion work on this CD, Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht] The Brahms-Wagner rivalry was largely an affair of the press, whipped up by critics like the Brahmsian Eduard Hanslick and his pro-Wagnerian rivals. Brahms actually professed great admiration for Wagner’s music on many occasions. Nonetheless, there was a time […]

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CD Review- Fiona Maddocks, The Observer on Brahms and Schoenberg with Epomeo and Swan

“Few, though, will have heard this nonet version of the Serenade, reconstructed by Alan Boustead in the 1980s, for strings, flute, two clarinets, bassoon and horn. In this live recording a slightly chubby ugly duckling in its orchestral format suddenly achieves lightness and clarity. Thanks to this aptly named Stratford-based ensemble, it has turned into […]

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The Real 20 Greatest Piano Concerti of the 20th C., part I, no’s 20-11

This is a list I’ve been thinking about ever since I first conducted the Prokofiev 2nd Piano Concerto with Daniel de Borah about five years ago. I was amused at the thought of just how far down the list of the greatest piano concerti of the 20th c. I would go before I got to […]

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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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CD Review- Michael Tumelty/The Herald on OOTS Das Lied von der Erde

A new review by Michael Tumelty in The Herald, Scotland for the new Orchestra of the Swan recording of Das Lied von der Erde and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, published 12 June, 2011.   Orchestra Of The Swan Kenneth Woods, conductor Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde etc (SOMM)   I wonder, I just wonder, […]

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Holiday blogosphere wrap-up- Lebrecht and Stockinger

Even as we all struggle to break free of seemingly unshakeable holiday lethargy, the blogosphere is coming back to life. In fact, some bloggers have been inspiringly busy over the holidays. One blogger who has been particularly productive over the break has been the indefatigable dynamo, Norman Lebrecht. His blog, Slipped Disc, has continued to […]

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The true strength of tonality

12-tone music is popping up all over the blogosphere lately, or, that is, discussions about it- how all those empty halls for performances of Beethoven symphonies were actually caused by Milton Babbitt and about how so much insipid monotonal neo-pasctichio music is actually a deeply personal response to the traumas of having studied with someone […]

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