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 […]

Read More

Performer’s Perspective- Is Mahler’s music hard(er) to conduct?

“Is Mahler’s music more difficult to conduct than that of other composers?” When I was asked this question just the other day it was by no means for the first time. It is not hard to understand why a listener might suspect that Mahler’s music is harder to conduct than that of most other composers- […]

Read More

Podcast- RCCO Death and the Maiden

Here’s a short excerpt of last week’s performance by the Rose City Chamber Orchestra of Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” quartet as arranged by Mahler and me. Without changing a single note of the work, Mahler’s version makes ingenious use of divisi and a very few doublings in order to make both the balances and virtuoso writing […]

Read More

You don’t always get what you deserve, nor…

…deserve what you get As my musical life has taken me back and forth around the world, I’ve noticed that certain religious orders and sects place a special emphasis on the value of classical music, for which we can all be grateful. Given this, one quickly finds that each of these denominations  have their musical quirks […]

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Read More