Category: Musical

Maestro Anton Coppola – A Tribute

Maestro Anton Coppola

Just last night, I got word that Maestro Anton Coppola passed away at the grand age of 102 years. He missed his 103rd birthday by eight days. Maestro Coppola was my orchestra conductor and conducting teacher at Manhattan School of Music during my five years there. He had served as head of the conducting staff …

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The EMI Recordings 1987 – 1997 | Part Twelve

World Encores

1995 – 1997 The last three years of the Oslo Philharmonic/Mariss Jansons/EMI contract went very quickly. As a matter of fact, there really were only two years in which we recorded, as there were only two more recordings left in the contract. In 1995, we were scheduled to record the other two parts of Ottorino …

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The EMI Recordings 1987 – 1997| Part Eleven

1993 – 1994 At the end of the last blog post in this series about the EMI recordings of the Oslo Philharmonic and Mariss Jansons, I noted that 1992 was the last of the “banner years” of recordings in which more than one or two recording was put on tape. Prior to and including 1992, …

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The EMI Recordings 1987-1997 | Part Ten

Le Sacre du Printemps

1992 – Stravinsky As I had mentioned in my last blog entries in the series, 1992 was a great year for recording for Mariss Jansons and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. In January, we recorded two Dvorak symphonies; in May we recorded the Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky Rococco Variations as well as the Sibelius Second Symphony …

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The EMI Recordings 1987 – 1997| Part Nine

1992 – Sibelius As I wrote in Part Seven of the EMI Recordings blogposts, the year 1992 was a banner year for the Oslo Philharmonic and Mariss Jansons in terms of recording. In January of that year, we recorded the Symphonies No. 7 and 8 of Antonin Dvorak and in early May we laid down …

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Mariss Jansons |1943-2019 | A Tribute

Mariss Jansons

Mariss Jansons is dead. I sit here writing this blog post and still cannot believe that a conductor who had a major musical influence on my life is now gone. He had been ill for some time, and my daughter, who happened to attend his last Carnegie Hall concert with the Bavarian Radio Symphony (and …

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Blast From The Past | Part Three

Blast from The Past – Part Three Summers at the Holmenkollen I hadn’t planned on blogging this week as I have been going through a bit of writer’s block these past two months as well as being quite busy. However, in my daily perusal of the Internet and YouTube in particular, I came across a …

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The EMI Recordings- 1987-1997|Part Seven

The year 1992 – Part One Another Banner Year for Recording The year 1992 was a very active year when it came to recording. We made four recordings for EMI that year. I say four because although one of them was initially released on the Virgin label, it was EMI that provided the recording personnel …

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My Musical Career | Part Forty – One

At the Chandler Pavilion

The Year 1991 I left off with the preparations for our US tour in the fall of 1991. This would be the second of three tours to the United States that I would make with the Oslo Philharmonic, the first being undertaken in the fall of 1987 (and which I have already reported on.) This …

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The EMI Recordings- 1987-1997|Part Six

Shostakovich: Symphonies No. 6 & 9

The EMI Recordings- 1987-1997|Part Six The year 1991 Shostakovich and Wagner Like the year 1990, the year 1991 saw the Oslo Philharmonic produce two recordings for EMI. The first was in the early part of the year –if memory serves me correctly, we did this recording in late January 1991. These sessions were devoted to …

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