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  • On An Overgrown Path: London and Dublin - a tale of two cities
    their client s earnings Askonas Holt stands to benefit financially if Rattle is appointed to the LSO and a new hall is built Incidentally to keep it in the family Askonas Holt also represent Mrs Rattle the mezzo soprano Magdalena Kožená who sung with her husband and the Berlin Philharmonic in their recent performance of Mahler s Second Symphony in London At the risk of repeating myself it is also worth pointing out that the other soloist in the Mahler Kate Royal is also managed by Askonas Holt while yes you guessed it Askonas Holt represents the Berlin Philharmonic and masterminded their recent London concerts and residency Before leaving the subject of a new London concert hall it should be noted that the non executive chairman of Askonas Holt Michael Cassidy CBE helped prepare the City of London Cultural Strategy 2012 17 in his role as chairman of the board of governors of the Museum of London Michael Cassidy has been in legal practice for over 40 years focussing on UK and international investment mostly for major pension funds He currently holds the position of chairman of the City of London Property Investment Board having previously been chairman policy resources and chairman planning for the City of London and president of the London Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Barbican Centre Mr Cassidy is also non executive director responsible for championing the funded arts programme for Crossrail Ltd the company that is building an east west rail link across London The business interests of Askonas Holt s non executive chairman extend beyond London and following Chancellor George Osborne s announcement in the 2014 budget that Ebbsfleet in Kent was to become a new garden city Michael Cassidy was appointed by the governmen t as chairman designate of the new Ebbsfleet Development Corporation Outside the UK Mr Cassidy is a non executive director of the Swiss UBS investment bank the sponsorship by that bank of the London Symphony Orchestra has featured on An Overgrown Path previously But I am starting to repeat myself so let s cut to the chase In my humble opinion classical music does not need a new concert hall in London Classical music just needs to wake up to the blindingly obvious 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 Monday February 23 2015 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels askonas holt Barbican berlin philharmonic Jamie Phillips John Luther Adams london symphony Magdalena Kozena Michael Cassidy CBE michael tilson thomas RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra simon rattle UBS 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Whatever happened to the long tail of composers?
    Also on Facebook and Twitter Posted by Pliable at Saturday February 21 2015 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels antoine leboyer new york philharmonic 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 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Raga versus Mahler is no contest
    the Vienna Philharmonic programmes in Salzburg and not only are terribly unimaginative I agree totally with you In the opera section Le nozze di Figaro is not sold either but the reason is rather clear big names singers sold out Fidelio Trovatore 2 47 pm Pliable said Rameau my point was not meant to be very fair As I think you appreciate it was an attempt to introduce a little ironic humour into the increasingly gloomy world of music blogging We are in complete accord over your main point the unimaginative mainstream programming In a festival where the sub theme is Christian and Hindu music there are innumerable missed opportunities Messiaen s Turangalîla Symphonie a perfect alternative to yet another Mahler symphony and Holst s Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda are just two 2 54 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Music to listener or listener to music?
    also take on board the possibility that the non digital solution of smaller halls with more engaging acoustics may be the answer The fashion is for large concert halls created by designer architects to accommodate the large audiences demanded by classical music s profligate financial model and by the large orchestras demanded by the current fixation with overblown late Romantic symphonies Smaller and more intimate halls tofu hamburgers may be the way forward Don t forget that Snape Maltings which is acclaimed as one of the best concert halls in the world seats only 800 compared with the acoustically challenged Royal Festival Hall s capacity of 2900 One of the complex factors that makes the Snape sound so winning is the hall s apparent loudness Smaller venues would bring the dual benefit of bringing a more involving sound and due to the reduced audience capacity constraining revenue generation bringing celebrity musicians back into the real world As someone who believes in Nadha Brahma sound is god it pains me to say so but whether we like it or not headphone MP3 sound has become the mass market reference In an ideal world we would take the listener to the music in a traditional concert hall acoustic and not the music to the listener using intermediary technologies But the important and overlooked point is that there is actually no such thing as listener to the music Because in a traditional concert hall the music is taken to the listener using a set of acoustic conventions determined more than a century ago just as recorded music is taken to another audience via MP3 files and headphones using a new set of conventions Bridging the gap between those two conventions could be the way to solve classical music s new young audience problem and accepting that the gap actually exists is the first step towards arriving at a solution Now excuse me while I finish my tofu salad Header photo comes via the Train in Vain blog Any copyrighted material on is included as fair use for the purpose of r critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Also on Facebook and Twitter Posted by Pliable at Thursday February 19 2015 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels University of Virginia Center for Computer Music alex ross Ian Sidden Konzerthaus Berlin Meyer Sound Ryan Maguire snape maltings Suzanne Vega Theater Dortmund Oper 2 comments psu said I m not sure the food analogy holds up Maybe it s just my old people ears though I hope not but to me you have it backwards to some extent I would not use tofu salad to describe the live orchestra sound I m not sure if you meant to but this analogy to me denotes the idea that the live orchestra sound is bland and flavorless when in fact compared to almost any recorded music it is rich and colorful and more

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Howells' Clavichord
    I ve often given as a gift Two fascinating eras of English music superimposed on one another The sense of friendship and intimacy is also very appealing To your point in the earlier post about clavichord I would say I ve listened with real pleasure to Thurston Dart s clavichord recordings reissued here http www ismeron co uk cd04 htm 8 44 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 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Beware of creating museums of sound
    But let me disclaim that I m being unnecessarily difficult Rather it s a discussion worth having though it remains abstract and unactionable I haven t tracked the debate but I wonder if some of the participants are not really discussing the sound or music but merely the architecture That s where the elitism slur hits elegant shrines to the concert going experience designed to pamper the rich and priced to exclude music lovers not so well heeled Architecture clearly impacts the sound and relies on a centuries old model of live performance but it loses its reason for existing when the setting itself overshadows the activity undertaken therein I ve argued as much in your comments section regarding Chicago s Pritzker Pavilion which sounds perfectly awful but has plenty of voicing and soundfield processing to no avail In an era of elaborate one might say Baroque architectural fashion simple seating in a roughly shoebox hall with proscenium is hopelessly passé No architect would propose such an apparent abomination Yet that sort of space is precisely the environment or at least one example in which orchestral music evolved Although one can argue that all things change and we must all therefore change with them the traditional concert hall in which orchestras perform has been a reliquary for over a century already The most significant reason is that the core repertory has not advanced much beyond the 1910s when Post Romanticism was supplanted by Modernism Why we continue to breathe life into 200 year old Beethoven symphonies or 400 year old Elizabethan plays is simple people want to hear or see them The music of John Cage Bernard Rands or György Ligeti Not so much It s no surprise to me then that artistic failure especially on the part of composers not performers has led to popular embrace of more contemporary artistic expressions arguably cinema television videogames etc So while modern listeners may prefer the impression of sound emanating from inside the head which it literally does with earbuds and nearly does with headphones since they sit in or on the ear and close off ambient acoustic information and in isolation from others they are getting a wholly different experience that does not resemble concert going and alters the sound of music fundamentally Adapting to such expectations would undercut what remains of classical music performance It would be the equivalent of downhill skiing in one s driveway 3 56 pm Pliable said Brutus beware of the trap of thinking you will only have digitally voiced sound in the next generation of concert halls Modern technology both bricks and mortar and digital will create halls with the optimum circa 1 8 second reverberation time without the intervention of digital reinforcement but with the option of digitally shaping the sound This will allow the acoustic to be customised for different audiences Aldeburgh has a note in its listings of concerts where amplification will be used in the same way sound shaping can be

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Listeners are smarter than many influential people think
    Labels John Luther Adams 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 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Become winner
    Monday February 09 2015 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels BBC Cantaloupe Music grammy awards Helen Boaden John Luther Adams 1 comment Pliable said John Luther Adams responds to my post http goo gl ogQIff 8 58 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 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 31 March 8 February 24 January 26 2012 276 December 22 November 25 October 23 September 12 August 20 July 27

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