Remembering Gilbert Kaplan

Gilbert Kaplan, who passed away this past New Year’s Day at the age of 74, was a successful business man with a passion, the music of Gustav Mahler. His success in business allowed him to immerse himself in Mahler’s music, specifically Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, for three decades. Kaplan founded the magazine Institutional Investor in 1967 when […]

Remembering Adolph “Bud” Herseth

Bud Herseth, the longtime principal trumpet for the Chicago Symphony passed away Saturday, April 13, 2013, at age 91. Bud Herseth was hands-down recognized as the greatest orchestral trumpet player of his generation.  He is from the same mold as Harry Glantz, principal trumpet for the New York Philharmonic and NBC Symphony under Arturo Toscanini […]

To Tenth, or Not To Tenth, that is the question…

There’s a tempest raging over at Norman Lebrecht’s “house”.  The classical music uber-blogger, and all-around maven, attended a performance of the Deryck Cooke “performing version” of Mahler’s 10th Symphony in Liverpool, conducted by Vasily Patrenko last night (March 22).  As far as Lebrecht is concerned “It is one of the biggest interpretive challenges in the […]

Farewell to Wolfgang Sawallisch

The great German conductor and pianist,Wolfgang Sawallisch passed away at his home in Grassau,  Germany, Friday February 22, he was 89. Sawallisch was known for his consistently great interpretations of the German Romantic Tradition in classical music, especially the music of Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner, as well as the music of Anton Bruckner, and […]