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  • On An Overgrown Path: Britten shows how everybody can make music
    College Cambridge Holst Singers Britten Sinfonia Boy soloists from Ely Cathedral Choir Allan Clayton tenor Sally Pryce harp Stephen Layton conductor Now read how music rose from the wreckage at Snape Header photo shows choristers of Coventry Cathedral with Britten in rehearsal for his War Requiem in Ottobeuren Basilica West Germany in 1964 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 Report broken links missing images and other errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Sunday December 03 2006 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels aldeburgh allan clayton arvo part benjamin britten Church Music simon rattle snape stephn layton 3 comments Pliable said Comment posted to my Music will rise from the wreckage article by Charles Noble but worth reproducing here and do follow that link to Charles blog I had the pleasure to take part in a master class at Snape Maltings back in 1993 with Kim Kashkashian It was a magical experience and the landscape of those lovely waterlands which surround the place being a large part of it The ghost of Britten really does inhabit the whole of the area from the Peter Grimesian burg of Aldeburgh and the old buildings of the maltings Thanks for giving some wonderful history to us Posted by nobleviola to On An Overgrown Path at 12 03 2006 07 07 47 PM 7 27 pm sfmike said Though I m not a churchgoer I dropped into an Advent mass at a small old Episcopalian church in my neighborhood in San Francisco this evening because a friend was singing as a soloist and they were featuring an amazing mix of Palestrina Britten and others for an 8 person chorus mixed in with congregational hymns It was exquisite and I finally got a complete glimpse of the musical genius of Britten in his attempt to bring music to a wider community through the church in his parables Noye s Fludde Saint Nicholas and so on I envy you your experience And someday I m going to come visit Aldeburgh and its new music school and document the whole place in which case nothing would make me happier than running into you Mr Pliable Thanks for the pics and the info 6 54 am Framescourer said Ships in the night Pliable I didn t have the pleasure of a concert in The Maltings this weekend but I did get to see a Winterreise at Aldeburgh s Jubilee Hall co incidentally sung by Stephen Layton s right hand man elect at Trinity College Cambridge Thomas Guthrie 10 49 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Classical music is being promoted to death
    in London with the Philharmonia The work is just about playable said Rattle Peter Maxwell Davies expressed his gratitude in a letter to The Times at the time of the strike The orchestra had as ever been wonderfully cooperative but neither Rattle nor Maxwell Davies seems to have been aware that many of them and many musicians in Scotland felt the whole affair a gross and insensitive insult Rattle and Martin Dalby head of music BBC Scotland who sanctioned it remain unrepentant All too often we hear the lament that classical music is not promoted hard enough Which is nonsense classical music is being promoted too hard in fact it is being promoted to death The process of beatification which Simon Rattle Gustavo Dudamel and other musical celebrities are undergoing is doing more harm than good not least by further straining classical music s already fissile funding model But it is harmful in another way because making classical music more human and more accessible is the name of the game yet turning its highest profile practitioners into demigods makes the art form even less human and less accessible Providing positive permission for the worship of celebrities also devalues non celebrity music making this has a profound impact on the reach of classical music as it brainwashes audiences into believing celebrity is good and amateur bad The result is that making music is no longer enough an amateur must make music on a YouTube audition in the hope of becoming a professional celebrity So the best of luck to the hugely talented Simon Rattle at the London Symphony Orchestra or wherever else he lands his next gig But if we were honest and admitted that celebrity conductors are of necessity Machiavellian beings with batons of gold but feet of clay a whole new audience would relate to them QED Also on Facebook and Twitter 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 Tuesday February 17 2015 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels bbc scottish symphony orchestra BBC Two TV deryck cooke emi gustav mahler gustavo dudamel Peter Maxwell Davies philharmonia orchestra simon rattle 2 comments JMW said You are completely correct additionally it also makes it more difficult for newcomers and less established professionals to receive opportunities critical for improvement of their skillsets and to sustain a career without descending into penury The Maestro Myth and the cult of celebrity will be the death of classical music 3 04 pm Dijon said Also the practise of paying these celebrity conductors and opera singers ridiculously large amounts of money takes funds away from everyone else breeds resentment amongst orchestra members and is bad for music making in general 5 11 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: One small step for quality sound
    sound matter anymore What has happened today at the BBC proves it does Yes that s my Thorens TD125 SME Series III in the photo 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 Tuesday February 17 2015 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels BBC Radio 3 Friends of Radio 3 norman lebrecht SHOUTcast 1 comment Pliable said To clarify it is only the SHOUTcast stream that has been reinstated The Limelight and Akamai streams which were also summarily terminated have not been reinstated 6 51 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 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 If there is a paradise it is here it is here There could be worse ways to start a career Unsurpassed Haydn How the long tail is being priced out of the marke London and Dublin a tale of two cities Whatever happened to the long tail of composers Raga versus Mahler is no contest Music to listener or listener to music One small step for quality sound Classical music is being promoted to death Why the BBC s radio strategy does not make sound s Howells Clavichord Beware of creating museums of sound Audiences need permission to like unfamiliar music Listeners are smarter than many influential people Become winner Hindu sonatas and interludes McMusic will not solve classical music s problems Yet another inconvenient truth In defence of

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Why the BBC's radio strategy does not make sound sense
    a proprietary portal for BBC content in competition with streaming services such as Spotify This changes the role of the BBC from making great programmes to controlling access to the programmes they make irrespective of their quality This strategic shift is given more urgency by the success of Amazon in its new combined role of content provider and content creator The emergence of sound quality high on the agenda of the new Radio 3 controller also invites attention The BBC have been repeatedly accused of cloning Classic FM and in reaction to this perfectly valid criticism has majored with little success on points of difference such as the higher proportion of live as opposed to recorded music on Radio 3 Classic FM is currently tied to relatively lo fi sound via FM frequencies and 48 kbps AAC and 128 kbps MP3 internet streams I suspect that when HD sound is fully integrated into the BBC iPlayer audio factory project Radio 3 presenters will be banging on every few minutes about Radio 3 HD sound in the same way that they currently bang on about live as opposed to dead concerts To put this seemingly arcane topic into perspective the difficult to find BBC blog post detailing the changes to Radio 3 audio streams generated 442 irate comments in 48 hours which is considerably more than have been generated by Simon Rattle s views on the sound in London concert halls Internet protocols and standards are constantly changing and it is quite right that the BBC is migrating their audio streams to the emerging standards But this latest change has been handled taking a lenient view in a clumsy fashion Or taking a critical view it has been handled in a typically arrogant way that ignores the need for backward compatibility and which serves the BBC brand instead of serving its license fee paying listeners The BBC s senior product manager audio factory Jim Simmons has been made the fall guy for this latest piece of corporate chicanery In a grovelling apology on the BBC blog Simmons blames inadequate funding for the damaging communications failure explaining I m afraid you ve just got me a blog and my monotone voice recorded in my loft so that I don t incur studio costs At the Association of British Orchestras conference the boasting about the BBC s high quality crafted broadcast sound for you was done by Radio 3 controller Alan Davey and his boss Helen Boaden who is director of BBC Radio Boaden s remuneration is 352 900 and Davey s predecessor Roger Wright received total remuneration of 227 450 Davey s BBC salary is not yet available while star Radio 3 presenter Katie Derham moved from ITN to the BBC for a reported salary of 250 000 These figures compare with prime minister David Cameron s salary of 142 000 Despite protestations by director general Tony Hall the problem at the BBC is not inadequate funding The problem is that the

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  • On An Overgrown Path: If there is a paradise, it is here, it is here
    Twitter Posted by Pliable at Friday February 27 2015 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Angelina Morelos Avradeep Pal Cambridge Hindustani Trio Clare Hall Coleman Barks hinduism islam Parth Gharfalkar Rumi sufism 1 comment Pliable said I did not know Avradeep Pal prior to last Sunday s concert But he has sent me an email in response to this post which with his permission I am reproducing below in full Hi Bob it s extremely kind of you to write this post Your writing has a touch of heart in it and on reading I have been deeply moved Especially the part where you refer to us Serving music selflessly This is a trait that I have tried to acquire from my main Guru Pandit Kamal Mallick from whom I have learnt to be humbled by music He was a person who never cared about acquiring wealth through music and he passed away last year his son Chandan Mallick another Sarod player passed away a month later and now the family lives on the edge with no earning members From then on I have decided to become like him Music is much bigger than me I am just a medium through which the message of music s beauty should be transmitted to all who seek beauty Many many thanks for understanding this and stating it so clearly Also the fact that you state so clearly that the instruments have their influences from outside India is significant It is also my passion to convey to people the idea of India as a truly all encompassing tolerating and welcoming land where across centuries diversity has been taken to new heights This point is especially significant in the light of extremist fundamentalist forces coming to the forefront that probably jeopardizes the idea of India In the words of Tagore whom I cannot stop as a Bengali from being quoted here Come ye Aryans come non Aryans Hindu Muslim come all Come ye English come ye Christian Come Brahmin cleanse your mind And hold others by the hand Come ye outcaste come ye lowly ones Fling away your load of shame Come one and all to the Mother s crowning come Fill the sacred bowl and let all unite And consecrate the waters On the shore of vast humanity That is India I also happen to be the current President of CUICAS Cambridge University Indian classical arts society and had you been around I would have invited you to our annual showpiece event Raaga Kalaa 2015 where you would have seen some more fantastic talents Especially a vocalist Jashan Bhumkar M Phil student and a real prodigy whom I truly feel that Cambridge is blessed by his presence I am attaching the event poster you may like to inform people who you know might be interested I have uploaded the full recording of the first half of the concert in youtube https www youtube com watch v

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  • On An Overgrown Path: There could be worse ways to start a career
    the new London concert hall Also on Facebook and Twitter Any copyrighted material is included for critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Posted by Pliable at Thursday February 26 2015 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels askonas holt Duncan Ward jessica duchen london symphony orchestra Magdalena Kozena simon rattle 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 If there is a paradise it is here it is here There could be worse ways to start a career Unsurpassed Haydn How the long tail is being priced out of the marke London and Dublin a tale of two cities Whatever happened to the long tail of composers Raga versus Mahler is no contest Music to listener or listener to music One small step for quality sound Classical music is being promoted to death Why the BBC s radio strategy does not make sound s Howells Clavichord Beware of creating museums of sound Audiences need permission to like unfamiliar music Listeners are smarter than many influential people Become winner Hindu sonatas and interludes McMusic will not solve classical music s problems Yet another inconvenient truth In defence of liberty A bigger splash 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Unsurpassed Haydn
    said I know what you mean about Haydn His music is so sane compared to most other composers and he leavens it with lots of humor I recently bought the Brilliant Classics set of everything he ever wrote and have been thoroughly enjoying the ramble through it 1 08 am Lyle Sanford RMT said So happy to see the comments on the humor in Haydn I d never fully appreciated it until playing his music in a community orchestra Somehow the humor catalyses that composer performer audience connection in a very direct non conscous way 1 02 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 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 If there is a paradise it is here it is here There could be worse ways to start a career Unsurpassed Haydn How the long tail is being priced out of the marke London and Dublin a tale of two cities Whatever happened to the long tail of composers Raga versus Mahler is no contest Music to listener or listener to music One small step for quality sound Classical music is being promoted to death Why the BBC s radio strategy does not make sound s Howells Clavichord Beware of creating museums of sound Audiences need permission to like unfamiliar music Listeners are smarter than many influential people Become winner Hindu sonatas and interludes McMusic will not solve classical music s problems Yet another inconvenient truth In defence of liberty A bigger splash January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 September 19 August 17 July

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  • On An Overgrown Path: How the long tail is being priced out of the market
    there may be an additional reason several writers have monetised relationships with Universal Music s Sinfini website which has now spread its tentacles into Holland and Australia And Sinfini Music has a monetised relationship with Amazon via a range of Universal Classics compilation albums which are sold as downloads via Amazon but not released on CD and therefore unavailable to independent retailers Which should be read in conjunction with the news that Apple is currently looking for a music journalist to manage a team of freelancers writing about iTunes content The next time someone tells you that classical music s biggest problem is the lack of a designer concert hall in London please correct them Also on Facebook and Twitter 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 Wednesday February 25 2015 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels amazon apple harmonia mundi John Luther Adams Sinfini 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 If there is a paradise it is here it is here There could be worse ways to start a career Unsurpassed Haydn How the long tail is being priced out of the marke London and Dublin a tale of two cities Whatever happened to the long tail of composers Raga versus Mahler is no contest Music to listener or listener to music One small step for quality sound Classical music is

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