Only the Crappiest Thrive

Longstanding Vftp readers will have noticed a couple of relatively major shifts of emphasis here at the blog in recent years. As my administrative responsibilities have increased (much to my dismay), my time and mental space for blogging have been in much scarcer supply, and each year’s total output on Vftp seems to be a […]

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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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Session Diaries- Bobby and Hans vol. 3 with Orchestra of the Swan, Monday morning…

Monday, 3 December, 2012 Session 1- 10:00 AM Scheduled: Schumann- Symphony no. 4, mvts 1 and 2 Recording is like nothing else- getting great material on disc requires a rather unforgiving balance of precision and passion. To get the kind of passion and energy that makes a recorded performance leap out of the speakers, the […]

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Bernard Sherman top 10 Classical CDs of 2011- Orchestra of the Swan Bobby and Hans vol. 1

A big thank you to Jason in Iowa, who alerted us to the fact that the eminent musicologist and Brahms scholar, Bernard D. Sherman,  picked Orchestra of the Swan’s recording of the Third Symphonies of Hans Gal and Robert Schumann as one of his top 10 best Classical CDs for 2011, as listed on his […]

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CD Review- Classic FM Magazine on Bobby and Hans volume 1

A new review in the September Classic FM Magazine of Bobby and Hans volume 1 from Andrew Mellor, now on newsstands. An excerpt follows:       Get your copy direct from Avie   Download from iTunes Order Here from Presto Classical From Classic FM Magazine September 2011 Schumann, Gal **** (Four stars) “Rhenish” Symphony […]

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CD-Review: Colin Anderson/Classical Source on Bobby and Hans vol. 1

From ClassicalSource, a new review by Colin Anderson of Bobby and Hans vol. 1.     Gál’s Third Symphony (completed in 1952), in A (but it could major or minor) opens winsomely with an expressive oboe solo, the music sometimes harmonically curdling in bittersweet fashion, English ears being reminded of Gerald Finzi, antennae attuned to […]

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Happy Birthday Bobby: CD Track Giveaway!

Today is June 8th, 2011. It is the 201st birthday of the great Bobby Schumann: author, pianist, publisher, public intellectual, beer drinker, and one of the greatest composers who ever lived. Discovering and exploring the music of Robert Schumann has been one of the great joys of my musical life. His music never ceases to […]

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