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  • On An Overgrown Path: There is a world elsewhere
    these compositions is not attributable to their femininity Our ears are trained immediately to detect national differences in music but are too inexperienced to detect sex characteristics If we had a hundred female composers we might be able to establish a dustinction between male and female music I am however convinced that Dr Ethel Smyth s thematic charm proceeds in an essential degree from her womanlness though her work is at the same time English through and through Yet in her case the sex question is comparatively unimportant in the presence of a talent so strong thematic invention so original and a temperament so deep and warm In line with his belief that gender and other differences are subordinate to talent in 1936 Bruno Walter chose the African American contralto Marian Anderson as soloist in Brahms Alto Rhapsody with the Vienna Symphony in defiance of prevailing racist mores His gesture of defiance prompted death threats from Nazi sympathisers but also moved one critic to ask in an admiring review What would Brahms have said if he could have known that his rhapsody would be a sung by a Negress That Bruno Walter s plea for inclusivity applies not just to women musicians but to all underrepresented groups including musicians of colour is given a poignant relevance by recently uncovered film of Dean Dixon conducting and discussing in German Mahler s Seventh Symphony In 1912 a young Adrian Boult heard Bruno Walter conduct Figaro Così and Don Giovanni in Munich That experience prompted Sir Adrian to write in his autobiography sixty years later I didn t suppose I should ever hear Mozart performances of such all round perfection and certainly I never have again Sony s Bruno Walter The Edition which includes the maestro s priceless performances of symphonies by Mozart Beethoven Mahler Brahms and others but alas nothing by Ethel Smyth is a powerful reminder of how a great musician channels the exalted message of the masters An invaluable companion to this recorded anthology is Erik Ryding and Rebecca Pechefsky s biography Bruno Walter A World Elsewhere which this article draws on The biography s subtitle quotes Shakespeare s Coriolanus as he leaves Rome Like Bruno Walter the hero of the play was forced into exile Coriolanus words are very relevant to today s networked celebrity culture and provide an appropriate epitaph for my blog There is a world elsewhere Non confundar in æternum ends the Te Deum and translates as Let me never be confounded No review samples used in this post Any copyrighted material is included as fair use for critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Also on Facebook and Twitter Posted by Pliable at Wednesday January 13 2016 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels adrian boult Bruno Walter dean dixon Erik Ryding ethel smyth Rebecca Pechefsky rudolf steiner sony william shakespeare 1 comment Pliable said This post contradicts another one published in

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  • On An Overgrown Path: I write to discover
    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 Music is a powerful lens I write to discover There is a world elsewhere New music in the paradise garden CDs that should be in every medicine cabinet These symphonies are not masterpieces but who ca Beethoven pure and simple Boulez was sometimes called god in Paris It is important to know that someone has been ther Among us there are no castes Music that overflows with optimism A symphony a day keeps the doctor away New music beyond the reality distortion field What will life be like for classical music after t 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 September 19 August 17 July 10 June 21 May 27 April 15 March 2 February 23 January 28 2013 257 December 21 November 17 October 31 September 8 August 35 July 24 June 24 May 8 April 31 March 8 February 24 January 26 2012 276 December 22 November 25 October 23 September 12 August 20 July 27 June 27 May 7 April 32 March 27 February 24 January 30 2011 299 December 22 November 21 October 42 September 12 August 24 July 38 June 29 May 5 April 34 March 9 February 33 January 30 2010 281 December 37 November 20 October 36 September 7 August 37 July 27 May 17 April 33 March 12 February 26 January 29 2009 367 December 22 November 23 October 33 September 7 August 35 July 30 May 42 April 39 March 41 February 47 January

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  • On An Overgrown Path: New music in the paradise garden
    and it still is This seems to me the most important problem in fact the only problem which one should be engaged with in art as in life what is suffering and what is the key to alleviating it It leads back to Buddhism Buddha is famous of course for proposing just such a solution and it seems his whole life was engaged in the Bodhisattva mission of alleviating suffering bringing enlightenment and releasing all beings all living beings from samsara the world of suffering Be that as it may I certainly felt that this more objective music was in the direction of moving away from this fascinating world of samsara of suffering in which we are interminably caught and upon which art endlessly meditates With his Fourth Quartet Jonathan Harvey defied the zeitgeist of accessibility But those who reject it because of this should study Bruno Walter s 1905 essay On Understanding Art In it Bruno Walter argues that to quote the paraphrase by Erik Ryding and Rebecca Pechefsky true critics if moved but puzzled by a new piece of music will withhold judgement and attribute their confusion to the limitations of their perception perhaps eventually gaining a just appreciation for the work in question towards a Pure Land is also the title of one of Jonathan Harvey s compositions for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra It has been recorded on the NMC CD that featured here last year in Body Mandala a contemporary classic The paradise garden in my photos is the Dashang Kagyu Ling Temple of a Thousand Buddhas in La Boulaye France The temple which follows the Vajrayana tradition of Tantric Buddhism was opened in 1987 in the grounds of a chateau in the Morvan Forest region near to the town of Vichy Vajrayana Buddhism is also known as the diamond vehicle and this is reflected in the exuberance of the decorations inside the prayer hall seen in my upper sequence of photos and the exterior of the temple seen in the lower sequence January 2016 It is only fair to say that for me over the last months much of the enjoyment of blogging disappeared as self promotion and clickbait became more important than content and I would prefer to lay On An Overgrown Path to rest among happier memories So I am burying the blog by reprising some personal favourite posts from the past This one first appeared in a somewhat different form in 2009 The transcription of my 2010 radio interview with Jonathan Harvey can read here while my thoughts prompted by an Aldeburgh Festival performance of Jonathan Harvey s Fourth Quartet are here In a neat example of interdependence I bought the CDs of Jonathan Harvey s quartets in Saint Dizier on the same trip to France in 2009 that I visited the Dashang Kagyu Ling Temple on Arnold Whittall s Jonathan Harvey was bought online All photos are c On An Overgrown Path 2009 Any copyrighted material on these pages is

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  • On An Overgrown Path: CDs that should be in every medicine cabinet
    eloquent reminder that all that is digital is not gold There is a sense of spontaneity including occasional quite excusable small lapses of ensemble and intonation that makes them sound like concert performances But above all there is a sonic impact and clarity of stereo image that puts them up there with other great recordings of all time including the iconic Mercury recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra that date from the same period Ray Minshull provides the excellent sleeve notes for the Decca set and in them tells how the Dvořák cycle started when plans for Kertész to record Elgar s First Symphony were dropped at the last moment oh how I wish we had the Dvořák and his Elgar But thankfully we do have the Dvořák which does such a valuable service in making the little known early symphonies available The Decca box of six CDs which includes the nine symphonies plus overtures and tone poems can currently be bought for around 15 Need I say more In the string quartet literature the merit of Dvořák s little known late quartets mirrors that of his early symphonies His Quartet No 12 American is perhaps too well known But what of Nos 10 11 13 and 14 All are quite wonderful healing music awaiting discovery for starters try the Panocha Quartets recently re released mid price 3 CD digipak And while on the path of healing music Naxos 5 CD box of Dvořák s complete solo piano music see footer image should be in every medicine chest There is more on classical music and the feel good factor here It is my wish that On An Overgrown Path should be remembered as something other than a victim of social media and churnalism So over the next few days I am burying the blog by repeating some personal favourite posts This one first appeared in July 2011 With thanks to musical healer and therapist Lyle Sanford whose recent post on his own blog sparked this article I am sorry Lyle but I ran out of space before I really got to grips with my intended subject of the healing power of music But I promise there will be a second part to this post All featured CDs were bought at retail Report broken links missing images and errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Also on Facebook and Twitter Posted by Pliable at Sunday January 10 2016 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels anton dvorak decca istvan kertez london symphony orchestra Panocha Quartet ray minshull 1 comment Pliable said Kertész s cycle of the Schubert symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic on Decca should also be in all self respecting medicine cabinets http www allmusic com album schubert the symphonies mw0001579242 6 15 pm 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: These symphonies are not masterpieces - but who cares?
    symphonies may not be masterpieces according to received wisdom But the indisputably masterpiece free zone of Facebook has an audience of 1 44 billion Classical music wants a big new audience so who cares about masterpieces Varying transliteration means the composer s name is also spelt Miaskovsky as in the Warner CD set seen in the header image No review samples used in this post Any copyrighted material is included as fair use for critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Also on Facebook and Twitter Posted by Pliable at Saturday January 09 2016 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Alexander Glazunov Evgeny Svetlanov Joan Peyser Nikolai Myaskovsky pierre boulez sergei prokofiev Shostakovich tchaikovsky 1 comment John Blackburn said Boulez brought many great things to music championing the new among them but his musical tastes were clearly his own 3 08 pm 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 Music is a powerful lens I write to discover There is a world elsewhere New music in the paradise garden CDs that should be in every medicine cabinet These symphonies are not masterpieces but who ca Beethoven pure and simple Boulez was sometimes called god in Paris It is important to know that someone has been ther Among us there are no castes Music that overflows with optimism A symphony a day keeps the doctor away New music beyond the reality distortion field What will life be like for classical music after t 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Boulez was sometimes called god in Paris
    their tutor and began to create much much more easily with much greater pleasure and delight than they would in this incredibly bloody hard work they had to do before Well as you say a very strong creative personality and a strong personality and that s what that postwar movement needed strong personalities people who would really change the world they were all strong personalities Luigi Nono too and Luciano Berio Boulez particularly perhaps the most of all he was able to change the politics of the musical Europe I would say singlehandedly And he did this of course against enormous opposition and nasty things written about him everywhere But he was too strong for them you know they didn t affect him they all rolled off his back and he gave as good as he got So I think everybody knows what he has done he created the IRCAM he created the Ensemble Intercontemporain he s created new standards in conducting the 20th century classics and later up to the present day and of course last and not least at all he created some of the finest compositions of the time But if we re talking about strength of personality one has to admire him really that he was so determined and so it s so impossible for him to accept no from politicians I mean he just rubbished them the feeble minded ministers of culture and so on in Paris So would that we had someone like that Photo is of me with Jonathan Harvey at the time of the radio interview in 2010 he is showing me the work in progress for his last large scale composition Weltethos which was premiered in 2011 by the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Simon Rattle Photo and text c On An Overgrown Path 2011 Also on Facebook and Twitter Posted by Pliable at Thursday January 07 2016 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Ensemble Intercontemporain ircam jonathan harvey milton babbitt pierre boulez 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 Music is a powerful lens I write to discover There is a world elsewhere New music in the paradise garden CDs that should be in every medicine cabinet These symphonies are not masterpieces but who ca Beethoven pure and simple Boulez was sometimes called god in Paris It is important to know that someone has been ther Among us there are no castes Music that overflows with optimism A symphony a day keeps the doctor away New music beyond the reality distortion field What will life be like for classical music after t 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 September 19 August

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  • On An Overgrown Path: It is important to know that someone has been there
    Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Peter Lavezzoli pierre boulez 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 Music is a powerful lens I write to discover There is a world elsewhere New music in the paradise garden CDs that should be in every medicine cabinet These symphonies are not masterpieces but who ca Beethoven pure and simple Boulez was sometimes called god in Paris It is important to know that someone has been ther Among us there are no castes Music that overflows with optimism A symphony a day keeps the doctor away New music beyond the reality distortion field What will life be like for classical music after t 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 September 19 August 17 July 10 June 21 May 27 April 15 March 2 February 23 January 28 2013 257 December 21 November 17 October 31 September 8 August 35 July 24 June 24 May 8 April 31 March 8 February 24 January 26 2012 276 December 22 November 25 October 23 September 12 August 20 July 27 June 27 May 7 April 32 March 27 February 24 January 30 2011 299 December 22 November 21 October 42 September 12 August 24 July 38 June 29 May 5 April 34 March 9 February 33 January 30 2010 281 December 37 November 20 October 36 September 7 August 37 July 27 May 17 April 33 March 12 February 26 January 29 2009 367 December 22 November 23 October 33 September 7

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Among us there are no castes
    Sapera was Titi Robin s breakthrough album and it has been described with some justification as one of the best albums of gypsy music ever recorded The title means Gypsies and Titi Robin s musique sans frontières is rooted in the nomadic cultures of the Roma and Sinti which contrast with the sedentary urban culture that is the home of what is referred to above as Western ethnic music and in which the celebrity caste system still rules It was followed by Rakhi again featuring Gulabi Sapera which blended retained many of the elements of Gitans but shifted the spotlight to the musical traditions of Gulabi Sapera s native Rajasthan A path that started here four years ago leads us to the final and for me most remarkable Titi Robin album In the summer of 2006 we travelled to the Roma pilgrimage centre of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer on the Camargue in France to visit the shrine of the black Saint Sarah In 2008 Titi Robin released Kali Sultana Black Queen a ninety minute largely instrumental suite As Titi Robin explains The Black Queen represents the beauty every artist seeks she can be very violent but this violence also makes it possible to express and to resolve things Kali Sultana is scored for gumbass oud buzuk guitar accordion saxophone clarinet and percussion with viola and cello backing using Eastern style unison writing and Arab or gypsy scales The result is mystical and hypnotic without ever losing forward momentum and the discs returned to the CD player many times during our recent travels Strange isn t it if Kali Sultana was released on ECM there would be a big buzz about it instead it remains a very well kept secret on Naïve The sleeve notes for Kali Sultana are as eclectic as the music with quotations from Sufi saint Mevlana Rumi the yogi and astrologer Suraj Nath poet Seanus Heaney champion of the ethnic Kurds Yachar Kemal poet Laure Morali Bosnian writer Abdulah Sidran poet and Sufi mystic Yunus Emre and African American American author Toni Morrison Kali Sultana is subtitled L Ombre du Ghazal In the shadow of ghazal in homage to the poetic form used by Mevlana Rumi and other Persian mystics These links to sufism are particularly interesting as this branch of mysticism focuses on the third and deepest component of Islam inner life Practice and knowledge are the other two components Sufi spirituality connects with inner life not by Western style integration but by addition and rhythmic repetition which is also a pretty good description of Kali Sultana But Titi Robin explains it much better The real journey is inside of you Music feeds from that source from the bottom of your heart under your star because there is no better place elsewhere and there is no golden age in the past But even better than words is the video January 2016 It is only fair to say that for me over the last months

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