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My Musical Career – Part Fifty-Three

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

The Year 1996- Continued My last blog post dealt mainly with the events of April 1996 – the experimental recording session at Lommedalen church – and the events leading up to Mariss Jansons’s heart attack near the conclusion of the first of two concert performances of La Boheme. As I mentioned in that post, we …

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My Musical Career – Part Fifty-Two

Mariss Jansons

The Year 1996 – Continued An omission I was reminded by a former colleague of mine who perused the last blog post that I had omitted mention of the concerts that the orchestra performed during the Spring of 1996 under the direction of Marek Janowski. Normally, I am very good with remembering these things, and …

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My Musical Career – Part Fifty-One

Oslo Philharmonic Onstage

The Year 1996 Well, I have come to the year 1996, and I am happy to say that I will have much less trouble in giving a more detailed account of this year as I have it fairly well documented. 1996 was a very busy year for the orchestra and myself musically, even it was …

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My Musical Career – Part Fifty

The Year 1995 – Part Two In the previous blog post, I intimated that the year 1995 was a good, but not exceptional year, and that the post would be relatively brief. Boy, was I wrong! Not that it was a particularly long post, but it turned out that 1995 was more interesting than I …

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My Musical Career – Part Forty-Nine

The Year 1995 – Part One It has been some time since I finished the previous post in this series which dealt with the events of the last part of 1994. That was a very busy period for both the orchestra and myself musically – two recording sessions, several tours and the orchestra’s seventy-fifth anniversary …

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Jansons – The Oslo Years – A Personal Reassessment – Part Seven

Warner Classics release of all twenty one EMI Jansons/Oslo recordings plus five DVDS of selected NRK TV concert broadcast concerts Sibelius: Symphonies No. 3 & 5 The year 1994 saw the Oslo Philharmonic and Mariss Jansons make two recordings for EMI. The first was devoted to the music of Camille Saint-Saens and was discussed in …

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Jansons – The Oslo Years – A Personal Reassessment – Part Six

Hongger Symphonies No.s. 2 & 3

Warner Classics release of all twenty one EMI Jansons/Oslo recordings plus five DVDS of selected NRK TV concert broadcast concerts Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps/Petrushka (1947 version) This recording was the last in a busy recording year for us. The year 1992 saw Jansons and the Oslo Philharmonic record the Dvorak Seventh and Eighth Symphonies, …

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Jansons – The Oslo Years – A Personal Reassessment – Part Five

Warner Classics release of all twenty one EMI Jansons/Oslo recordings plus five DVDS of selected NRK TV concert broadcast concerts Dvorak: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8 After taking a break on this personal reassessment of the Jansons/Oslo/EMI recordings as re-released on Warner, I’m ready to dive in with these next three recordings. The first of …

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The Chandos Recordings – A Personal Reassessment – Part Three

Mahler Two

A personal reassessment of the Oslo Philharmonic’s Chandos recordings – 1984 -1989 Tchaikovsky: Symphony in B minor, Op. 58 , “Manfred” On August of 1986, Mariss Jansons and the Oslo Philharmonic played the Sixth Symphony of Tchaikovsky in concerts and on a quick tour to Edinburgh. Upon returning to Oslo, the orchestra recorded it for …

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The Chandos Recordings – A Personal Reassessment – Part Two

A personal reassessment of the Oslo Philharmonic’s Chandos recordings – 1984 -1989 Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D minor Thought that the second part of this Chandos recording reassessment would continue with Tchaikovsky, didn’t you? Well, as I noted earlier, I am going through each recording in the order that we recorded them, and the …

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