Category: Personal

My Musical Career | Part Forty-Two

The Year 1992 It has been a while since I last blogged about my musical career, what with “blogger’s block” and finishing up blogs about recording with the OPO and tributes to both Mariss Jansons and Anton Coppola. However, here I am, ready to resume where I left off. I now have the time, due …

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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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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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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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My Musical Career | Part Forty

Shostakovich: Symphonies No. 6 & 9

  My Musical Career|Part Forty The Year 1991   This blog post covers most of the year 1991, which turned out to be a big year for the orchestra. In terms of recordings, we had two sessions – one as part of the 1990-91 season – the Shostakovich Symphonies No. 6 and 9, and the …

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Fred D Hinger | Reflections on a Great Musician

Fred D. Hinger

Fred D Hinger | Reflections on a Great Musician Each year when the month of February rolls around, I tend to think a lot of my relationship with one of the most musical and original minds that I have had the pleasure to know, and that is Fred D. Hinger. I suppose this is because …

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My Musical Career | Part Thirty Nine

Plaza

My Musical Career|Part Thirty Nine The Year 1990 Continuing on with this saga, one would think that 1990 would be an easier year than the past three. However, that was not reckoning with our music director, Mariss Jansons and both EMI, our recording company and the orchestra administration. The year 1990 would see two recordings …

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My Musical Career | Part Thirty Eight

Anniversary Concert

  My Musical Career|Part Thirty Eight     The Year 1989 – Part Two   In my previous post, I had planned to cover the events of the whole of 1989, but as with 1987 and 1988, that year proved to be most eventful, in like manner I have no choice but to divide it …

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My Musical Career | Part Thirty Seven

  The Year 1989 – Part One I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been a member of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra during the years 1983 through 1998. From the prospective of the early twenty-first century, it seems that the tenure of Mariss Jansons as its music director was a golden age for the orchestra, …

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