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  • On An Overgrown Path: I hate Tchaikovsky
    images and errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Friday February 27 2009 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels pierre boulez tchaikovsky 2 comments Pliable said On the other hand Tchaikovsky is reputed to have called Brahms a talentless bastard Whether Tchaikovksy or Boulez I suspect the old fashioned composer jealousy at play Cheers David Cavlovic 1 54 pm Aaron said Boulez at least in his younger years was always a polemicist and I think his stated opinions were often tailored to his political stance as something of a new music practitioner and apologist myself I ve been guilty of it too For example I m a pianist but I will probably never perform Rachmaninov I ll listen to it in concert and I m not too embarrassed to enjoy the 2nd concerto or the Etudes Tableaux occasionally But I certainly don t feel compelled to play it Boulez has generally sided with the progressive over the conservative in any time period which would explain his indulgence of Liszt I loved Peyser s book I don t doubt that it s somewhat oversimplified but it s a powerful piece of writing and one of the most important books on new music I ve read I do get the feeling Boulez has mellowed quite a bit after all he s conducting Pulcinella in New York next week And he was supposedly one of the young protesters at Danses Concertantes 5 09 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 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 Positively 4th Street Handel in the bland I hate Tchaikovsky Lost in amplification On history s clock it was sunset Ne Me Quitte Pas Re envisaging Beethoven Dancing about architecture Beware of the contextual cage Bring on the iterations Walking

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Shostakovich saturates - Schumann awaits
    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 errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Saturday January 14 2006 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels dmitri shostakovich edmund rubbra malcolm arnold robert schumann 2 comments Pliable said And of course there is Clara Schumann wife of Robert and no mean composer and pianist in her own right 2006 is the 110th anniversary of her death 2 09 pm Henry Holland said popular interest in the Russian composer was influenced by the autobiographical dimension of his music A modish enthusiasm for him was bound to be short lived suggested Boulez for the music itself was just third pressing Mahler I love Pierre Boulez good for him for saying that about the utterly mediocre Shostakovich s music 11 45 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 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 48 2008 476 December 38 November 40 October 57 September 39 August 36 July 42 June 9 May 54 April 41 March 44 February 30 January 46 2007 572 December 43 November 65 October 55 September 11 August 46 July 57 June 48 May 52 April 52 March 53 February 49 January 41 2006 455 December 47 November 27 October 35 September 21 August 50 July 31 June 31 May 29 April 34 March 41 February 49 January 60 Music for Iran s nuclear programme Meanwhile on television The great free MP3 download fallacy yet again University funding crisis deepens His Master s Voice Orthodox Church of Saint Seraphim of Sarov Celebrate Mozart with more free downloads Orchestras are boozy cultures continued Celebrate Mozart

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Conductors have to try to help the composer
    advocates that of Johan Svendsen Niels Gade Wilhelm Stenhammar Eduard Tubin Howard Hanson Walter Piston Paul Creston and Amy Beach The assertion that we must try to help the composer is very revealing Because today too many celebrities see the composer as the person who helps them to a contract with a super agent lucrative tours of China and the United Arab Emirates and endorsement contracts with Rolex and Bugatti But it wasn t always like that In a post back in 2005 I analysed the Berlin Philharmonic programmes conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler between 1923 and 1944 During that period and despite the latter years being the dark age of Entartete Musik no less forty four substantial new works from twenty seven contemporary composers were played under Furtwängler see the full list via this link Another post in the same year pointed out that while music director of the New York Philharmonic John Barbirolli conducted music by among others Daniel Gregory Mason Joseph Deems Taylor Abram Chasins Samuel Barber Ernst Toch Arkady Dubensky Charles Wakefield Cadman Quinto Maganini Gardner Read Charles Griffes Quincy Porter Lucien Cailliet Paul Creston Jacques Ibert and Eugene Goosen Even the notoriously self interested Herbert von Karajan strayed from the path of established masterpieces with his advocacy of Arthur Honegger s Second Symphony and Symphonie Liturgigue no 3 ranking as one of the great achievements of the gramophone The argument that non mainstream music results in empty seats is a spurious one Is the main purpose of great art to put posteriors on seats Empty seats in concert halls are caused by an oversupply of classical music not misguided programming Playing more and more Mahler Shostakovich and Sibelius is just another short term solution that does not solve the long term problem of oversupply Taking the painful but very necessary steps to bring music supply and demand back inline is the only viable long term solution By programming a wide and inclusive repertoire a few visionary conductors and are not only helping composers More importantly they are ensuring the future of classical music by helping audiences understand that there are many masterpieces outside the narrow range of music that is the staple of today s celebrity circuit 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 November 04 2015 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Alexander Colding Smith Alexander Glazunov berlin philharmonic Bruce Duffie herbert von karajan john barbirolli neemi jarvi wilhelm furtwangler 1 comment JMW said Your and Neeme s observations are trenchant beyond refutation and within them are ameliorative steps that would plainly encourage the healing of the exclusionary nature and inescapable ennui of our moribund concert culture That you feature a picture of a recording of Glazunov s 6th Symphony is equally telling it is one of that composer s masterpieces and

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Classical music must go on a diet to survive
    radio presenters Also on the Association of British Orchestra s conference agenda is a session titled Does classical music need a reboot The loaded panel is comprised almost entirely of Max Hole disciples it is chaired by a Classic FM presenter and the blurb for the session refers to the clamour for a re invention of the classical concert experience The answer to the question Does classical music need a reboot is no What classical music needs urgently is a clean up of its hard drive Emptying a brimming recycle bin at the same time would also fix a few problems 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 Thursday January 22 2015 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Association of British Orchestras china classic fm max hole ulster orchestra united arab emirates 4 comments Joe Shelby said Well keep in mind I m writing from America where we don t have the glut of a dozen orchestras within 100 miles Here in DC I have access to 2 outside of universities the NSO and Baltimore and that makes me rather fortunate Others have access to only one and they re faltering for lack of funding Atlanta Detroit being the most public about it Minnesota too The glut of recordings you mention does lead me to one other note You say there is too much classical music but I might consider a clarification there is to much of the same classical music This has the counter caveat audiences aren t as likely to attend concerts with too many unknown pieces but that s a discussion already had In particular in recordings this bothers me greatly I don t need another Beethoven cycle glaring specifically to MTT s SFO who wonderfully perform contemporary music but on record that talent is lost with the management s desire for another cycle Nobody really needs another Beethoven Cycle How many Mahler cycles are in progress including Gergiev s and now Dudamel Do I need another Planets I m up to 11 recordings thanks to various low priced conductor compilations like Karajan Stokowski and Previn How much other music could be played recorded enjoyed that won t be because of all of the resources being spent on yet another cycle I look at the reviews and the ads in BBC Music and constantly see the same names come up I jump at the moment of seeing a name I never saw before and race to wikipedia and amazon to find out more This is a reason I generally have enjoyed Rattle s time with the BPO While he has released plenty of standards including 3 more Mahlers Fantastique the Nutcracker and a new Rite he has also released a lot of music that isn t nearly as well known including Dvorak Tone Poems a

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  • On An Overgrown Path: What really matters is whether music moves the listener
    from Le Sacre du Printemps in its third movement are worth exploring The episodic nature of the five movement Message Symphony means it lacks the coherent structure of a classical symphony But when viewed as five interlinked tone poems it can be seen and heard in a different light For instance the fourth movement which takes its title To soothe body hear and soul from a prayer used at the Sufi Universal Worship service that I attended recently in Holland and which inhabits the same sound world as Alan Hovhaness and Ferde Grofé could successfully be programmed as a stand alone work Hazrat Inayat Khan perpetuates a venerable musical tradition as the Universal Sufi Movement is historically linked to Theosophy a movement that has influenced many in the world of music including Aino Sibelius the composer s wife Alexander Scriabin Nicholas Roerich who collaborated with Stravinsky on Le Sacre du Printemps Ruth Crawford Seeger Dane Rudhyar and via Rudolf Steiner Bruno Walter and Jonathan Harvey The Message Symphony is dedicated to spiritual liberty and was premiered in 1969 by the Munich Philharmonic A privately released CD of a concert performance by the Netherlands Promenade Orchestra conducted by Jan Stulen is available from Sufi Movement s offices in The Hague and the symphony can be heard in its entirety here It is also available in another performance coupled with other works by Hidayat Inayat Khan including his Gandhi Symphony from iTunes All the scores of Hidayat Inayat Khan s music including his Message Symphony can be downloaded from the composer s website Many will dismiss this music with its overtly spiritual agenda as no more than an anachronistic curiosity Which is not a problem because as I said earlier different music moves different listeners But before dismissing this music or any music or any knowledge tradition it is worth reflecting on this teaching by Hazrat Inayat Khan Spiritual attainment from beginning to end is unlearning what one has learnt But how does one unlearn What one has learnt is in oneself One can do it by becoming wiser The more wise one becomes the more one is able to contradict one s own ideas The less wisdom one has the more one holds to one s own ideas In the wisest person there is willingness to submit to others And the most foolish person is always ready to stand firm to support his own ideas The reason is that the wise person can easily give up his thought the foolish holds on to it That is why he does not become wise and progress because he sticks to his own ideas 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 Monday December 22 2014 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels alan hovhaness carl nielsen

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Talk about immortal masterpieces is rather ridiculous
    music but Geoffrey Douglas Madge s recording for BIS of the Opus Clavicembalisticum is a good starting point Remastered from a 1983 concert performance in Chicago it is available as 5 CD set selling for the price of three 38 69 or a bargain 14 98 MP3 download for which you get 3 hours 56 minutes of music The header image is taken from the CD sleeve and the dedication reads For Geofrey Kaikhosru Sorabji Kyle Gann has written about the four and a half hour long Jami Symphony and linked to a Midi realisation elsewhere Kyle has ten hours of Sorabji s music available as downloads plus videos More information and a catalogue of works at the Sorabji Archive and at the Sorabji Resource Site and a useful overview of recordings of Sorabji s music here Also on Facebook and Twitter My thanks go to Alex Ross for generously finding time for Sorabji while immersed in Wagner 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 errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk V1 1 14 09 with amendements to Tantrik Symphony and book title Posted by Pliable at Monday August 13 2012 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels alex ross Busoni conlon nancarrow geoffrey douglas madge glenn gould Kaikhosru Sorabji Kenneth Derus Peter Warlock zarathustra Zoroastrianism 8 comments lescamil said Great read I ve been into Sorabji since I discovered him in my early teens and I still believe the best introduction is his first piano sonata which may be an early work but for my money is still one of the easiest to follow and enjoy Regarding Opus Clav we can only hope to get a full recording of Jonathan Powell playing this work He posted a live recording of the first part on his website and it far surpasses the recordings done by Madge and Ogdon Both are far below what Sorabji undoubtedly would have wanted especially Madge s recordings 11 41 am Lyle Sanford RMT said A very minor footnote I m a big fan of Percy Scholes 10th edition of the Oxford Companion to Music and he or the later editor J O Ward had a run in with Sorabji Here s the little addendum to Sorbji s entry In view of the fact that the birth date and birth place of this composer as given above 1892 Essex have been contested and various dates given it may be added here that a close enquiry has been made and official confirmation obtained The composer it appears resents stupid and impertinent inquiries from lexicographical persons and makes it a practice deliberately to mislead them as to dates and places Letter to the author of this book 22 Feb 1952 1 52 pm Pliable said I note that

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Not so good vibrations
    James What is he for Not content with writing drivel in the Spectator we now have him attempting to conduct Dear BBC2 enough is enough 1 05 am Pliable said Alan my sentiments entirely For many years I have greatly admired Norrington s Beethoven symphony cycle with the London Classical Players But I will never be able to listen to those CDs again without thinking of BBC TV s Maestro and thirty pieces of silver 10 16 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 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 48 2008 476 December 38 November 40 October 57 September 39 August 36 On the

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Wilhelm Stenhammar - Excelsior!
    to understand why Wilhelm Stenhammar s music is not better known BIS has also done very fine things for the music of Antal Dorati Thanks to our son who lovingly created the sleeve images using an A4 scanner Header and footer images c On An Overgrown Path 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 errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Tuesday November 20 2007 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels bis carl nielsen gothenburg symphony orchestra neemi jarvi sweden wilhelm stenhammar 1 comment JW said Those are classic recordings I love them both 4 00 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 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 48 2008 476 December 38 November 40 October 57 September 39 August 36 July 42 June 9 May 54 April 41 March 44 February 30 January 46 2007 572 December 43 November 65 Making music accessible desirable and different The Buddhist way on internet radio LPs were like the force of gravity Catholic music for the mass market Jokes that women can t play Norfolk Rhapsody by Ralph Vaughan Williams Songs of freedom New music premiere for internet radio Henri Pousseur serial continues File between Boulez and Boyce Simple Gifts on internet radio A new serialist from the old world A big day for Britten and America The music blogs go round and round Music and chance Mass hysteria in four parts Another new conductor is taken for a spin Erik Satie twenty hours of Vexations Wilhelm Stenhammar Excelsior Schoenberg and Wiener Espressivo The Bauhaus lives on Kontakion of the Dead An

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