Podium Time Podcast (interview)

Podium Time Podcast (interview)

A couple of years ago or so, while guesting as a teacher at the Bard Summer Institute for Conductors, I met Jeremy D. Cuebas and Luke Lyons-Hunt, two wonderful musicians who were, back then, moving their first steps into the conducting world.  Well, it turned out that...

Sergej Rachmaninov – Prince Rostislav

Time for a tone poem: a young Rachmaninov found inspiration in a poem by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, cousin to Lev Tolstoy. Rachmaninov was barely 18 years old at the time of this composition. The piece was completed in 1891, but it was never performed during his...

Alphons Diepenbrock: Hymne aan Rembrandt

The very little known dutch composer Alphons Diepenbrock, was, in his time, highly regarded as a leading composer, admired by Mahler among others. Here’s a performance of a rare piece, sung by Eva-Maria Westbroek with the Radio Symphony Orchestra and the...
Music and artists in the new witch hunt era

Music and artists in the new witch hunt era

The Weinstein case generated a snowball effect: no, I’m not talking about the lawsuits or the #metoo stories. I’m talking about the side effect on the art world: the American version of “House of cards” got shut down, with people cheering to...
I hate Boulez. Long live Boulez.

I hate Boulez. Long live Boulez.

Letter to an audience member   Ye, I don’t really hate anybody. What I really dislike is what the avantgarde created. I do blame Boulez and his blind followers for wanting to have a clean slate with the past, not considering that without it they would not...

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