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  • On An Overgrown Path: Jordi Savall's bold gesture leaves me puzzled
    treatment of gays in the Gulf States and to the inhuman conditions endured by the foreign underclass workers who built the Emirates Palace where the concert is being given Prior to the performance on November 20th Jordi is participating in a conference at Abu Dhabi s Zayed University from where an American academic who called for greater press freedom and protection for journalists in the Gulf States was recently dismissed Jordi Savall is just the latest in a succession of high profile musicians who have been tempted to the United Arab Emirates However I am puzzled as to how he finds the Spanish government s money unacceptable but the Abu Dhabi government s money acceptable Also on Facebook and Twitter Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as fair use for the purpose of study review or critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Posted by Pliable at Thursday October 30 2014 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels abu dhabi Hesperion XXI Ibn Battuta jordi savall united arab emirates Zayed University 3 comments Pliable said Related trivia the Ibn Battuta Mall uniquely designed to celebrate the travels of the famous Arabic explorer is the world s largest themed shopping mall http www ibnbattutamall com aboutthemall html 9 10 pm billoo said You know Bob Jordi Savall s music was what initially drew me to your blog Khair you make an excellent point The irony is that if Battuta in some sense represented the openness of Islam then the Gulf states with their funding of fundos all over the world represent the complete antithesis of that spirit But perhaps that has always been the case with the arts and its patrons Salams b 4 16 am Pliable said Billoo yes indeed I am a huge admirer of Jordi Savall I had been aware of his involvement with the UAE for some time and felt very uncomfortable with it and his refusal of the Premio Nacional de Música prompted me to write You are right that there has always been an ambiguous relationship between the arts and its patrons But it is the inconsistency of Spain versus the UAE that disturbs me in this case Readers who are not familiar with Ibn Battuta are directed to Tim Mackintosh Smith s excellent trilogy of books retracing the journey of the voyager of Islam http www mackintosh smith com 7 40 am Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 Jordi Savall s bold gesture leaves me puzzled Listening with the ear of the heart How long can classical music ignore the glaringly

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  • On An Overgrown Path: How long can classical music ignore the glaringly obvious?
    An Overgrown Path 2014 Any other copyrighted material is included for the purpose of critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Posted by Pliable at Tuesday October 28 2014 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels avignon benjamin britten Djamchid Chemirani Bijan Chemirani Hossein Teherani Mihaly Csiszentmihalyi persia 6 comments Bodie said Dr Frank Diaz here at the University of Oregon has studied the effects of pre listening meditation on performers and audience members Diaz said that the real time responses more accurately captured the attention being devoted to the music and that the mindfulness technique helped drive participants into the zone of readiness to listen to music they ve heard many times before From http uonews uoregon edu archive news release 2013 1 mindfulness meditation heightens listeners musical engagement 3 52 pm Scott said I came across a creeative presentation of Bach cantatas presented live recorded and filmed which I would certainly attend if I were in Switzerland and spoke enough German to benefit from the discussions I suspect Britten would approve of the approach which certainly satisfies his concern about appropriate preparation and which seems to me to fit into the model you discuss of abandoning mass markets in favour of niches Breifly here s the approach The evening begins with conductor Rudolf Lutz and theologist Karl Graf introducing the chosen cantata in the form of a lively dialogue Then singing and playing from the keyboard Rudolf Lutz demonstrates the work s musical hallmarks and invites the audience to join in singing the chorales The cantata is then performed twice with a reflction lecture taking place in between The speakers well known personalities from the worlds of art culture economics and politics select a motif or feature of the cantata to develop from their personal standpoint I ve listened to several of the recordings courtesy of the Naxos Music Library and they re very fine There s also lots on YouTube More at www bachstiftung ch en 1 44 pm Pliable said Bodie s link points to some important research So I have expanded on it in a further post http goo gl 117nFO 6 57 pm silpayamanant said We were having a discussion about this on my Facebook timeline and I realized I address related points in a post I did about the Myth of the General Audience http silpayamanant wordpress com 2014 05 10 myth of the general audience classical music and token activism Until we stop assuming audiences are homogeneous we can t stop assuming that we need to created homogeneous live performing events 12 48 pm Pliable said The comment above echoes a theme that has appeared here several times Classical music and the mass market fallacy http www overgrownpath com 2010 11 classical music and mass market fallacy html 1 01 pm Davide Verotta said music reduces psychic entropy by organising the mind of the listener Not really sure what

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  • On An Overgrown Path: We all make mistakes
    Classical Music Mr Lebrecht said 750 000 people had heard Plácido Domingo sing in Central Park when the number was closer to 100 000 and called the Metropolitan Opera s general manager Rudolf Bing a public servant We all make mistakes and it is understandable that both Barrett Wissman and Norman Lebrecht have made differing errors of judgement in the past But blatant hypocrisy is less understandable All links to Slipped Disc are indirect to avoid page rank inflation the reference sited should appear at the top of the Google search results Header photo was taken by my friend and Moroccan resident Brendan Hynes we rented one of Brendan excellent apartments in Tamraght a few years back Any copyrighted material is included as fair use for critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Posted by Pliable at Monday October 27 2014 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels barrett wissman klaus heymann Morocco naxos norman lebrecht Penguin Books Sinfini Musc Tamraght universal music No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 Jordi Savall s bold gesture leaves me puzzled Listening with the ear of the heart How long can classical music ignore the glaringly We all make mistakes What music was broadcast on the day you were born New BBC Radio 3 supremo is off to a bad start Did he jump or was he paid to jump How

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  • On An Overgrown Path: What music was broadcast on the day you were born?
    school they studied works of Shakespeare in the Arden editions or know the Folger Shakespeare And again perhaps auspicious the Contributors list begins with Unknown William Shakespeare At 9 30 an interval in the play with a performance of Ravel s Introduction and Allegro as it is listed in the Genome played by an ensemble that included Reginald Kell Jean Pougnet and Frederick Riddle Whets the appetite and I must check to see if that was a recording And so from 9 45 to 11 10 the second half of Othello At 11 10 both books of Brahms Paganini Variations played by Tomford Harris followed at 11 35 by Raymond Aron s Letter from Paris And so to bed Reading everything above made me nostalgic and a bit depressed but it was the Aron that made me think of What we have lost Now I wonder if anyone knows what became of Tomford Harris This is a bit odd It took a bit of research just to establish that he was born about 1904 according to a census in Pasadena studied with Harold Bauer at which we perk up made his professional debut in London at age 18 got high praise in reviews I found of two concerts in the US in 1931 and 1935 taught at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and moved to London during WWII After that we have what I m sure was a studio performance of the Brahms as above and the BBC Genome compilers have put out an enquiry as to whether a Home Service listing of him in 1954 was actually broadcast If they don t know I doubt if anyone else does And he does seem to disappear He recorded an Ampico roll of an etude by Liapounov which has been transferred in a compilation of Ampico performances on the Eleced label That disc is in the Naxos Music Library and the Eleced note on Harris says the writer knows nothing of him after his move to London during the War I m wondering of course if anyone might know what became of him for such traces as there are suggest he was a major talent 10 37 am Frank H Little said Born too early for the Third Programme I see that the Home Service which provided the serious music in those days was broadcasting News in Welsh at the time of my birth which is interesting in view of later developments though rather irrelevant at that time to the maternity ward in Kent Later that evening came The Promenaders Progress A musical adventure in six movements devised by Ronald Hilborne about whom I know nothing 2 47 pm Philip Amos said Ronald Hilborne was something of a satirist mainly musical I m quite sure The Promenaders Progress would have been a compilation of recordings He did quite a few similar programmes on the Forces Programme between 1940 and 1944 One made fun of modern love lyrics e g

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  • On An Overgrown Path: New BBC Radio 3 supremo is off to a bad start
    Lerner and Loewe fans are not going to stay tuned to Mittwoch aus Licht even if it is embellished with egregious context by Petroc Trelawny or Katie Derham Classical music s many diverse niche audiences need to be treated with respect not context It is surprising that the designate Radio 3 controller who has no broadcasting experience at all has made pronouncements about the station s future three months before he starts work There is not one shred of evidence in the interview that Davey has any understanding of the deep malaise that is afflicting BBC Radio 3 in particular and classical radio in general And there is not one shred of evidence that he has any idea of how classical radio can reinvent itself and survive in a content on demand environment My advice to Alan Davey is to shut up get his feet under the desk at Radio 3 for an extended period and only open his mouth again in public when he knows what he is talking about Header photo is via Hull Daily Mail Any copyrighted material is included as fair use for the purpose of critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Also on Facebook and Twitter Posted by Pliable at Friday October 24 2014 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Alan Davey BBC Radio 3 karlheinz stockhausen katie derham petroc trelawny rajar 3 comments billoo said who has no broadcasting experience at all This is shocking Well in a sense it it isn t since it ties in with the current trend toward more CEO like poodles and managers in education R Sennett has some interesting things to say on these broader changes in his Culture of Capitalism It would all be quite funny if it wasn t so sad b 1 01 pm Pliable said Alan Davey s CV is here http press artscouncil org uk Biographies Alan Davey 6e aspx And here is a link to an article with some useful background on R Sennett s Culture of Capitalism http globalsociology com 2011 01 12 book review the culture of the new capitalism What is equally shocking is that Alan Davey has no technology experience on his CV He is a career civil servant recruited to play the culture card in the forthcoming BBC license fee negotiations Whether we like it or not classical radio is fighting for survival on a technology battlefield And that Radio 4 interview suggests that the new BBC Radio 3 controller has no grasp of the new technologies and their impacts 1 28 pm Mark Berry said What I thought most shocking about Davey s words was his claim that the Third Programme had brought no context to works Either he has not a clue what he is talking about or he does and is being dishonest Neither bodes well 2 41 pm Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Did he jump or was he paid to jump?
    used in the BBC reply because this could lead to individuals being identified I interpret as a tacit admission that there were material payments In my view the BBC s determination to withhold this information is motivated more by their corporate agenda than the need to comply with section 40 2 of the Freedom of Information Act But the truth remains shielded behind the BBC s ambiguous definition of freedom of information Which means we can only speculate as to whether Roger Wright jumped on his own initiative or whether he was paid handsomely to jump British Broadcasting Corporation Room BC2 B6 Broadcast Centre White City Wood Lane London W12 7TP Telephone 020 8008 2882 Email foi bbc co uk Information Policy Compliance bbc co uk foi bbc co uk privacy Bob Shingleton Via e mail 22 September 2014 Dear Mr Shingleton Freedom of Information Request RFI20141570 Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 the Act received on 24 September seeking the following information Please provide the single total value of payments if any to BBC Radio 3 staff for redundancy termination of employment and other ex gratia payments relating to termination of employment in the last twelve months Please also provide the single total value of payments for the same period of any ex gratia additional contributions by the BBC to pension arrangements of leaving BBC Radio 3 staff and the total value of any exceptional payments to Radio 3 leaving staff to cover legal and PR costs Note itemised i e per employee information is not required An aggregate and therefore anonymous single total for each category is all that is being requested We are withholding the information requested under section 40 2 personal information of the Act As the request relates to a small number of staff this could lead to individuals being identified Under section 40 2 of the Act personal information about identifiable living individuals is exempt if disclosure to a third party would breach one or more principles in the Data Protection Act 1998 The individuals concerned would not expect details of any termination payments to be disclosed to a third party To do so would be unfair therefore disclosure would breach the First Data Protection Principle fair and lawful processing Yours sincerely James Hacker BBC People Also on Facebook and Twitter Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as fair use for the purpose of study review or critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Posted by Pliable at Thursday October 23 2014 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Alan Davey aldeburgh music bbc proms BBC Radio 3 freedom of information act roger wright tony hall 4 comments Zwölftöner said I love how this reply was written by a Jim Hacker 5 56 pm Philip Amos said I hadn t noticed that Zwolftoner thanks for pointing it out What had me chuckling on

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  • On An Overgrown Path: How many protests against the death of an orchestra?
    after the performance he said he found nothing objectionable in it and proceeded to explain why simply by giving a remarkably cogent synopsis of the libretto and action I think his field was medicine but so complete was the grasp of this opera newcomer that it flashed through my mind that he would be a considerable improvement on most current music critics But of course the entire farrago of ignorance and opportunism had very little to do with music It was in truth a political rally just another chance to point the finger of anti Semitism at anyone both Jews and Gentiles who may have the temerity to criticize so much as one Israeli policy To foster understanding rather than more deeply embed ignorance I wish the greater attention had been given to Lost Childhood a concert opera music by Janice Hamer libretto by Mary Azrael written to mark the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht last year The work is based on the memoirs of Yehuda Nir and also Nir s conversations with his friend Gottfried Wagner great grandson of Richard So much for people to learn from that opera but attention was reserved for the sound and fury signifying ignorance of the other evening 10 33 am Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 Jordi Savall s bold gesture leaves me puzzled Listening with the ear of the heart How long can classical music ignore the glaringly We all make mistakes What music

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Borrowed landscapes and borrowed music
    Pierre Boulez famously described Shostakovich s symphonies which also sell in very large numbers as third pressing Mahler At present mock baroque languishes with an enterprising but obscure independent Spanish record label But that could change if a major label realises that there is a large reserve of newly pressed albeit non virgin Vivaldi waiting to be tapped Also on Facebook and Twitter Pablo Queipo de Llano s Concerti was supplied as a requested review sample All photos are c On An Overgrown Path 2014 Posted by Pliable at Tuesday October 21 2014 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels agadir benjamin britten Coco Polizzi dmitri shostakovich enchiriadis gustav mahler igor stravinsky Morocco Pablo Queipo de Llano pierre boulez 1 comment Michael Strickland said That s a shallow remark by Boulez about Shostakovich The Russian composer seemed to be the only person in the 20th century who hadn t heard that the symphony was dead and proceeded to write 15 of them all interesting with Mahler as his inspiration But Shostakovich s symphonies are radically different from not only Mahler but each other They are also sounding better and better live now that a lot of Cold War crap that surrounded every interpretation is fading into history s trashbin 4 39 am Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 Jordi Savall s bold gesture leaves me puzzled Listening with the ear of the heart How long can

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