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Sárka – bloody well profound!

Šárka from Má Vlast by Bedřich Smetana, now that was pretty bloody well profound! And the anticipation for this intense piece was affably built by guest conductor Michael Francis. With an elegant British accent and witty humour, he described the story behind the Sárka composition. “This will be a most violent and grizzly second half.” […]

Death, Brahms And Our All Too-Human Grief

It is a fact of life that we all mourn and yet we also must accept the fact that we all mourn differently – a strange paradox that while grief is impersonally universal it’s also oddly unique.  For example, my own father passed away 4 years ago and while I still feel (and will always […]

Metronomic candor – Beethoven Symphony No. 8 – Doug Bauman

The beauty of Beethoven's Symphony number 8 has driven me to poetry, based on words I wrote during the wonderful performance by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under the baton (literally) of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. I heard marvelous synchronicity and superlative metronomic fluidity. The maestro was wonderful with his conducting, the left hand was expressive […]