Musical Opinion

Ferruccio Busoni - The Six Sonatinas: An Artist’s Journey 1909-1920
Musical Opinion (2015) Vol. July-September

The Six Sonatinas, written between 1910 and 1921, are Busoni’s finest and most compelling collection of compositions. Although they are not programmatic in any aspect, the set tells a cohesive story of an artist’s journey. These are deeply personal, quasi-autobiographical ...

Roger Sacheverell Coke (1912-72): His Life & Music
Musical Opinion (2015) Vol. July-September

Derbyshire-born pianist Roger George Sacheverell Coke was also a prolific composer whose oeuvre includes solo piano, chamber music, songs and a significant body of orchestral works (symphonies, tone poems and concerti). From a very young age it is clear that ...

The Problem of Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony
Musical Opinion (2015) Vol. July-September

The facts surrounding Bruckner’s incomplete Ninth Symphony are well known, and constitute one of the great tragedies in the history of music. The unprecedented success Bruckner enjoyed with his Seventh Symphony, following the first performance by the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra ...

The String Quartets of Carl Nielsen
Musical Opinion (2015) Vol. July-September

“Our celebration of the Danish master’s 150th birthday continues with an exploration of his often-overlooked string quartets.” Carl August Nielsen is known throughout Denmark as one of the nation’s greatest composers. His prolific career covers a range of genres that ...

Winterreise - eine Reise durch psychologische Unbehagen
Musical Opinion (2015) Vol. July-September

“The author postulates a twenty-first century approach to Schubert’s masterpiece and Wilhelm Muller’s texts.” Recordings of Schubert’s Winterreise proliferate, their interpretative slants highlighting lost love, evoking isolation and loneliness, retreating into melancholy, disintegrating into madness, waging a dramatic battle against ...

The Art of the Bassoon – ‘The instrument I love’
Musical Opinion (2015) Vol. July-September

“The distinguished American bassoonist writes about and introduces a new collection of his best-known recordings. James Palmer reviews the accompanying set of Robert Thompson’s recorded performances.” The bassoon has been with us for approximately 400 years, dating back to an ...

The Dangerous Urtext Edition
Musical Opinion (2015) Vol. July-September

“The distinguished musicologist and editor outlines some problems in deciphering composers’ manuscripts.” In this technological age, when more and more material and information is available at the click of a mouse and with no necessity even to open the wallet, ...

Christoph Eschenbach at 75 – a personal appreciation
Musical Opinion (2015) Vol. July-September

“The former Chancellor of West Germany, himself a gifted pianist, writes on his reminiscences on the occasion of the presentation of the Ernest von Siemens Music Prize to Christoph Eschenbach on May 31 at the Herkulessaal in Munich.” Music is ...

Music in Education
Musical Opinion (2004) Vol. 127, No. 1438, pp. 66


Summer Schools
Musical Opinion (2004) Vol. 127, No. 1438, pp. 62-65



The first Musical Opinion was published on October 8th 1877 and critically reviewed Brahms' new Second Symphony and in 1879 his Violin Concerto. In 1921 Musical Opinion launched its highly regarded sister magazine The Organ. New music, Composers, Concerts, Operas, Festivals, Dance, CDs, DVDs, Books, Operas, Opera Houses and Concert Halls are all examined in knowledgeable detail.

Publisher Musical Opinion Ltd
Country United Kingdom
ISSN (Print) 0027-4623
Year started 1877
Indexed 288 articles
Licence Paid Access

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