The Mahler-Bruckner project

So this summer's listening project is the complete cylce(s) of Mahler and Bruckner symphonies. 

The plan is to listen to at least a movement a day throughout the summer (I haven't added them up yet, but a gross error check of four movements for 18 symphonies comes out at 72 movements in total, and since I'm going to add Das Lied and Mahler 10 into that, too, so I'll need to double up some days...). I won't listen in order, although I probably will keep individual symphonies on consecutive days. 

Why Bruckner and Mahler? Lots of reasons.

  • Because I'm still hoping to do the Kindertotenlieder (Mahler) this autumn, and it'll be good preparation for that
  • Because my friend John Gibbons has just recorded Bruckner 9 so I can include that in my list
  • Because there's lots of Mahler and a bit of Bruckner in the Proms, and iPlayer can help me 
  • Because there are some of the symphonies which I've known since schooldays, and some I don't know yet

The recordings will come from a variety of places - those that aren't in the Proms (or on CD) will come from Spotify. I'll choose what recordings to use as I go, but will probably stick to the same recording for individual symphonies. I won't be too fussy (esp. with Bruckner) about which version of the symphonies which have several versions. 

Follow the progress on the Listening List, if you wish - and within a couple of days I hope that I'll also have arranged it so that you can tick off your listening list, too. 

Sea Drift

I'm very excited and happy to say that I've been engaged to sing Sea Drift, the Delius superpiece, in a concert in December. The concert, on December 6th, will be given by the University of the West of England choir and orchestra. The concert has a theme (to tie in with Bristol's 2015 status as European Green Capital) of This Green and Pleasant Land.

Sea Drift is a setting of a poem by Walt Whitman - one of my favourite poets - which tells of two mockingbirds nesting on the seashore. An apparently odd subject, but a deeply moving poem. I'm going to record the words soon and post the result on this site. 


Cosi First Night

Great first night of Cosi Fan Tutte on Friday, in a tent in Charlie Monk's garden. Not just a tent - a veritable pavillion, with room for stage, orchestra, 110 in the audience and still space to spare!

In fact, there was more than we'd expected, so that gave us a chance to improvise a bit and introduce extra moves - some pre-planned, some not!

Next outing is at Colston's School - see the Tessitoura website for details of getting tickets and note that it's a 6pm start. Perfect. You can get some great opera and an early night, too!

After that we're at the Chipping Sodbury Festival and the Medieval Barn in Winterbourne - details on the same Tessitoura website.