Another musician who blogs quite frequently is the pianist Stephen Hough (a favorite soloist here in Portland, with frequent appearances with the Oregon Symphony), and he recently wrote a blog post for the Guardian newspaper (he also has a regular blog at the Telegraph) describing his process of revising his opinions on the two Brahms piano concertos as he prepared to record them for a newly released album. Continue reading
It was my final performance at the Oregon Bach Festival for 2013, and it was quite a historical event for the festival. This concert marked the symbolic ‘passing of the baton’ from founding Artistic Director Helmut Rilling to the Artistic Director Designate Matthew Halls. Continue reading
Above: The alphorn melody heard by Brahms on a walk, written on a birthday greeting to Clara Schumann.
Below: The autograph score of the First Symphony, with the horn solo that quotes the alphorn melody written above.