Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Simon Rattle, and the curious incident of the missing symphony

2011 marks the one hundredth anniversary of Elgar’s symphony No. 2 in E♭ major, Op. 63. It was completed on 28 February 1911 and first performed two months later at the London Musical Festival by the Queen’s Hall Orchestra with the composer conducting.

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Musical cost benefit analysis

Jokes (?) about conductors are two-a-penny and usually scurrilous, closely followed by jokes about singers (sopranos and tenors top the list) and orchestral musicians (viola players are wantonly insulted). Continue reading Musical cost benefit analysis