Category: Personal

My Musical Career | Part Fifty-Nine

On the job at last!

The Year 1998 – The last Six Months with the Oslo Philharmonic We now come to the last six months of my tenure with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. To recap, my wife and I made the decision to move our family back to the United States at the end of 1996, and the actual move …

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My Musical Career I Part Fifty-eight

The Year 1997 – Some Afterthoughts Wow! Three long blog posts to describe my musical comings and goings as well as those of the Oslo Philharmonic in the year 1997! Until I started with Part One, I did not realize how musically busy that year was! On top of making the decision to move the …

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My Musical Career – Part Fifty-seven

The Year 1997 – The Penultimate Year – Part Three When I started this blog post, I anticipated one long post, but not overly long. As I wrote what turned out to be Part One, and checked my resources – journal entries and concert programs – I realized that there would have to be a …

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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 Assessment – Part Two

Warner Classics release of all twenty one EMI Jansons/Oslo recordings plus five DVDs of selected NRK TV broadcast concerts In the first installment of this blog post, I discussed how Warner Classics put together the package under discussion, and my reaction to it, as well as my assessment of the first three recordings in the …

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Jansons – The Oslo Years – A Personal Assessment – Part One

The Oslo Years

Warner Classics release of all twenty one EMI Jansons/Oslo recordings plus five DVDs of selected NRK TV broadcast concerts Back in 2020, Warner Classics, which now owns the rights to recordings made by the former EMI record label (among others), gathered together all of the recordings made by the late Mariss Jansons and the Oslo …

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My Musical Career – Part Forty-Eight – 1994 – Part Three

1994 – Part Three The Peace Concert, Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder, the USA Tour – and cable timpani? As it turns out, the year 1994 turned out to be as much of a seminal year for the orchestra and myself as the year previous year was. The last two blog posts covered the first two thirds of …

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My Musical Career| Part Forty-Seven| 1994 Part Two

Salisbury Cathedral

1994 Part Two To Scotland and England with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra In August of 1994, prior to the start of the orchestra season, I took part in rehearsals and a tour to England and Scotland with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Dame Iona Brown (1941-2004). She was a famed violin soloist …

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My Musical Career | Part Forty-Six | 1994 Part One

Duomo

The Year 1994 As I begin this latest blog post, I am suddenly reminded by the fact that the year 1994 was actually quite eventful for the Oslo Philharmonic and myself. In fact, it was almost as good as 1993 now that I have had time to reflect back. There was much more going on …

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