Category: Personal

Jul 29

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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Feb 24

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 …

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Feb 08

My Musical Career | Part Thirty Nine


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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Jun 23

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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Jun 16

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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Apr 05

My Musical Career | Part Thirty Six

The A Dome

  My Musical Career|Part Thirty-Six     The Year 1988 – Part Two   Japan 1988 The big event of the year 1988 was the orchestra’s first ever tour to Japan in November and December. This would turn out to be the first of many visits the orchestra would make to Japan, and for me, …

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Apr 04

My Musical Career | Part Thirty Five

Metropolitan B timpano

My Musical Career|Part Thirty-Five The Year 1988 – Part One As mentioned in my previous post, Part Thirty-Four, 1987 was a seminal year in my personal musical development and that of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and its then-chief conductor, Mariss Jansons. What with the increase in touring, the change of recording labels and a higher …

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Aug 04

My Musical Career| Part Thirty-Three

My Musical Career | Part Thirty-Three The Year 1987 – Part Three As I mentioned in the last two blog posts, the year 1987 was an extremely busy year musically for me and for the orchestra that I had the honor to be a part of.  Our 1987 US tour was the subject of the …

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Jul 11

My Musical Career| Part Thirty-Two

  My Musical Career|Part Thirty-Two   The Year 1987 – Part Three   Our First USA Tour – Part One The year 1987 was indeed a pivotal year in so many ways, as I pointed out in the last two blog posts. So much happened that year, that in the recounting of events, I have …

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May 26

My Musical Career|Part Thirty-One B

La Sagrada Familias

My Musical Career | Part Thirty-One B 1987 – A Pivotal Year – Part Two In my last post, I related many of the events of the year 1987 which was indeed a pivotal year for both myself and the orchestra. The orchestra changed recording labels and increased their recording activity three-fold and made the …

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