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Archive for January 16, 2014

Blumine: An Orphan of the Symphonic World

Gustav-Mahler-Kohut

Friday morning on WFMT, Carl Grapentine plays the one Mahler movement that lost its spot in the 9+ symphonies of the composer/conductor. Mahler was a reviser. He returned to his compositions again and again, feeling more confident in his abilities, or at least less confident in his past abilities. In the case of his 1884 movement entitled Blumine

Adès and Couperin: Old Wine in New Skins

Thomas Ades; photo by Brian Voice

Thomas Adès is featured on Thursday’s New York Philharmonic broadcast. Though he happens to be a gifted pianist and conductor (which could be more than a full-time career), he is decidedly a composer first. Thursday’s broadcast features guest conductor David Zinman and composer-Adès’s homage to François Couperin in the form of orchestrations of three keyboard