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  1. Rachel Podger concert with Norwich Baroque at Norwich Cathedral, September 15th 2018



    This was the second time we saw Rachel Podger and it was once again beautiful and compelling.

    Rachel is so engaged, not only with her music but also with the other players, the audience, and the venue. She plays as if it is all a delightful game, but a game which expresses all the joy of the universe
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  2. Mahler - Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra ‎– The Eighth Symphony

    For September, both of my Tuesday Blog installments are dedicated to the music of Gustav Mahler, featuring two of his later symphonies his “Tragic” Sixth and this week, his mammoth Eighth.

    Until 1901, Mahler's compositions had been heavily influenced by the German folk-poem collection Des Knaben Wunderhorn. The music of Mahler's many Wunderhorn settings is reflected in his Symphonies No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4, which all employ vocal as well as instrumental forces. From about 1901, however,
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  3. Carl Nielsen, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Jascha Horenstein ‎– Symphony No. 5

    This week’s Tuesday Blog, an edition of our continuing Vinyl’s Revenge series, considers the beaten path through Nielsen’s symphonies (engaged in this series a few weeks ago with the Inextinguishable). Today’s choice is its companion Fifth symphony – companion insofar as it is common on CDs to offer these two symphonies together as a “package deal”…

    This week’s conductor is an interesting character. In a New York Times article I stumbled onto in researching this disc , Alex Ross writes
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  4. How we got on at the Merlin Summer School, Abbotsford, August 2018



    The Merlin Academy Summer School began with registration at 5 pm on Monday 13th August 2018, and immediately John & I were dismayed to discover that the full group would have to meet in a marquee, instead of in a hall at Abbotsford as we'd expected. I raised the issue with Iain Fraser the next day, and he
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    Updated Aug-20-2018 at 21:09 by Ingélou

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  5. Tchaikovsky / Igor Markevitch, London Symphony Orchestra ‎– Manfred

    Today's Cover 2 Cover post continues along the beaten path of the many Tchaikovsky shares we've made here and on our Friday Blog and Podcast throughout 2018.

    According to the Gramophone review of his mid-1960's recordings of the Tchaikovsky symphonies,

    [Igor Markevitch's] passionate Russian temperament on the podium and the LSO in one of its heydays (the 1960s) are good enough reasons for investigating this set. Another is the chance to hear Tchaikovsky's brass with
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