Hello, everyone! First, let me mention that it was one year ago today that Norman Lebrecht visited us at Classic FM for an interview that was used during our “Mahler in Syracuse” broadcast on December 9, 2010. Norman recalls that his Syracuse visit was great fun, and that he hopes to return to the Salt City one of these days! His 2010 visit was the start of a wonderful collaboration with us, including the sharing of his blog postings and more, and we thank him for all of his help and encouragement. To mark the occasion, here’s a new photo of Norman during his recent speech at the Dutch Classical Music Meeting in Amsterdam!
1) Now, for a story that has the classical music world buzzing! Fragments of an 8th symphony by Finnish composer Jan Sibelius, a work that was thought to have been destroyed by Sibelius himself in the 1940s, have surfaced! Also, they have been recorded, and Norman has links to a video and to more information!
UPDATE: Norman has a BBC talk from the “In Tune” program that you may hear on Soundcloud about the 8th Symphony, including a little bit of the recently-found music..
2) Princess Kate’s ace composer Paul Mealor reveals the origin of her royal wedding song, “Ubi Caritas.”
3) Some instrumentalists, especially string players, have had their problems with airlines when flying with their instruments; come fly with Norman and find out more about it! Also, check out some useful suggestions from Lara St. John for the travelling violinist!
4) And, if you can figure out how to get it on a plane, a rare Stradivarius cello that belonged to the late Bernard Greenhouse is up for sale…in a silent auction!
5) Also up for sale: a vocal score signed by Mahler, coming up at auction on really low estimate! (Photo is not available, but if you click the hyperlink, you will see the photo from Sotheby’s in London.)
Tags: 8th Symphony, BBC In Tune, Bernard Greenhouse, Das klagende Lied, Lara St. John, Mahler, Norman Lebrecht, Paul Mealor, Sibelius, Sotheby's, Soundcloud, Stradivarius cello, Ubi Caritas