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  • On An Overgrown Path: Proms 2006 launches Martini music-making
    happen more often No one said that the eight singers were too soft for such a vast auditorium and the place was full for a reprise of exactly the same programme on the following night 11 32 pm Henry Holland said Here s an upcoming Los Angeles Philharmonic concert that I ve had no luck getting tickets to time to bite the bullet and get a subscription next year Ligeti Requiem Beethoven Symphony 9 sigh I want to go so bad Speaking of the Proms at work today I listened to searing performance of Szymanowski s glorious opera Krol Roger with Hampson Szmetka Rattle from the 1998 Proms 3 31 am SimonT said I think that s a bit harsh Like you I deplore the lack of VW and Arnold and yes I d like to see some Panufnik and I could do without so much Mozart but I actually find there are more concerts I want to go to this year than for some time They do have to get a balance and maximise sales I think it s definitely time they did away with the Last Night altogether 11 21 am Pliable said Simon apologies if the tone is harsh but I guess that is part and parcel of trying to get over a point of view in a limited number of words But I have real concerns about the BBC s on demand direction This results in programming works for which there is a known demand to the detriment of those that may not be known but which may be demanded after being heard a first time What happens to works that can t be categorised packaged and served up on demand any place any time Would all those great concerts I attended in the 1970s at the Roudhouse in the Glock Boulez era have happened in the brave new on demand world Would Soft Machine have played the Albert Hall It may seem harsh but I don t think they would have happened under Nicholas Kenyon and the Martini media regime 2 09 pm Garth Trinkl said we ve just returned from a wonderful Victoria Requiem sung by The Sixteen in Norwich Cathedral pliable I m deeply deeply jealous not only of Britain s wonderful choral music opportunities but of the fact that middle age Brits are healthier than middle age Americans I ll check who I listened to doing the Panufnik 9 I recall the very interesting but strangely shaped Piano Concerto is on the same CD reissue I listened for some reason to about a half dozen Panufnik works last week probably to follow up on having listened to the Arnold 9 three or four times the previous week Henry just this morning a friend e mailed me and said that she had found tickets for a Wagner Ring Symposium in Seattle that was sold out on craigs list They do have to get a balance and maximise sales Simon while I agree with

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Love of the blues ...
    provided by Amsterdam s revolutionary provos Now playing The Incredible String Band by the Incredible String Band The first album by the ISB recorded in 1966 is somewhat simpler and more acoustic than their later albums but still it s a million miles from the sort of folk music that was around at the time Fame and Scientology were to follow Image credit Shouting in Moving Star Hall 1964 photographer Robert Yellin from Guy Candie Carawan a persona journey through site and sound Image owners if you do not want your picture used in this article please contact me and it will be removed Report broken links missing images and other errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk If you enjoyed this post take An Overgrown Path to John Peel s Private Passions Posted by Pliable at Tuesday May 02 2006 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest 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 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Vaughan Williams, chauvinism & John Adams
    enjoyed this post take An Overgrown Path to Glorious John in New York Posted by Pliable at Monday May 01 2006 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest 8 comments James Reel said Depending on your definition of cycle you may understandably be overlooking one from an unlikely source Conductor Enrique Arturo Diemecke told me a few years ago that he had conducted his Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México in all the Vaughan Williams symphonies over the course of a single season 3 20 pm Pliable said The comment above is a gem Definitely counts as a cycle I ve forwarded it to Norman Lebrecht And it brings back some memories I actually heard the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México playing in Mexico City back in the mid 1970 s when I was working there for EMI The orchestra was fine but the weekends spent in the exquisite baroque town of Taxco were even finer Now any more VW cycles from unlikely venues 6 49 pm SimonT said Agree about the 5th The first time I heard it live years ago I was bowled over by it and have loved it ever since Shame about the lack of Arnold in the Proms programme too eh 7 07 pm Pliable said Thanks Simon and your comment brings back another memory A stunning VW 5 appropriately at the Proms in 1972 with Previn conducting the LSO in their honeymoon period It was a hot humid night and thunder rolled around outside and electricity rolled around inside the poorly ventilated Albert Hall unforgettable And I totally agree about the lack of Arnold and other important English composers in the 2006 Proms It s a subject I cannot let pass and I ll be returning to it on Wednesday 8 36 pm Anonymous said A model example in my view of good proms programming is prom 34 that beautifully balances the Modern with the classics of French Music with excellent conductor orchestra and soloist Why isn t there a similar prom of all English Music Also I love VW s 9th symphony ok it isn t the 5th but its pretty bloody good 11 16 pm Anonymous said oops I overlooked prom 13 sorry 11 19 pm Tim Overton said I m glad to see that in prom 13 Bliss Colour Symphony is being played firstly because I love it and think it deserves a wider audience and secondly a snippet of it is used and has been used for a while in Proms adverts and on the opening titles of concerts broadcast on BBC TV Ditto all the other worthy British composers I d have loved to hear some Foulds from the CBSO at the proms I totally agree that Arnold should be included somewhere I can only assume that conductors who want to play his music are dissuaded from doing so by external influences or don t get invited to the Proms 10 29 am Rime Sparse

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Berlin Philharmonic's first woman conductor
    included the child prodigy pianist and composer Philippa Schuyler for a short time in 1939 Brico resigned as Schuyler s teacher before the child s notoriously ruthless mother could fire her Perceptively in view of later events the teacher wrote the following about her pupil Too many highly gifted childrem disaappear into oblivion because they play too many concerts during the formative years European tours continued for Antonia Brico both as a pianist and a conductor and she was invited by none other than Jean Sibelius to conduct the Helsinki Symphony Orchestra The photo below shows her conducting the San Francisco Bay Region Symphony Orchestra in 1938 Image credit NARA SPB In 1942 Antonia Brico moved to Denver Colorado Again she founded her own ensembles a Bach Society and the Women s String Ensemble She also conducted the Denver Businessmen s Orchestra In 1948 this unfortunately titled ensemble was renamed the Brico Symphony Orchestra In the same year she was appointed conductor of the Denver Community Symphony later the Denver Symphony Orchestra and continued to guest conduct orchestras around the world including the Japan Women s Symphony She also became a respected teacher in Denver Her students there included the folksinger Judy Collins In 1974 Judy Collins made a documentary film with Jill Godmilow about the life of her teacher titled Antonia A Portrait of a Woman This film created considerable interest In 1975 Brico was scheduled to conduct a single concert at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York But this sold out so quickly that a second concert was hastily arranged and CBS recorded the concerts for release on LP She made her last New York appearance in 1977 conducting the Brooklyn Philharmonia Antonia Brico died in 1989 in Denver Colorado Antonia Brico s Mozart LP is still available on a Sony CD Another classical connection with Judy Collins is Joshua Rifkin He wrote orchestral arrangements for three of her Collins albums In My Life Wildflower and Whales and Nightingales It was Rifkin s 1972 recording of the B minor Mass that pioneered the one voice per part approach to Bach In My Life includes a setting of Francesco Landini s Ecco la Primavera that uses sackbuts viols and a harmonium Her 1967 version of Joni Mitchell s Both Sides Now on Wildflower was a major chart hit for Judy Collins On it Joshua Rifkind conducts his own arrangement and plays harpshichord Now read about the Berlin Philharmonic s first black conductor Sources Trust Your Heart by Judy Collins Houghton Mifflin ISBN 0395412854 New York Times August 5 1989 Sony BMG Time March 5 1935 Time Feb 4 1935 Music Web International Elinor Remick Warren Composition In Black and White by Kathryn Talalay Oxford University Press ISBN 0195113934 New Deal Network DBH cultural event newsletter June 26 2007 Wikipedia entry 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Words on twentieth-century music
    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 Wednesday October 31 2007 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels alex ross BBC bbc proms contemporary music glastonbury festival michael nyman nicholas kenyon pierre boulez rutland boughton theremin william glock william sharp 3 comments Pliable said Email received I have a theory about why The Immortal Hour fell out of favor World War II After the War nothing as fantastical could appeal to a war weary public Realism did not allow for it The 20th Century truly began with Nagasaki After that anything remotely Romantic seemed frivoulous Nothing Angry young men or National Health about it That was truly sad Boughton s music has an expressionistic genious about it I well remember my first encounter with The Immortal Hour from a Toronto performance in 1991 by Opera In Concert I immediately bought the HYPERION CD Of course excerpts of it were always popular with choir c f The Fairy Chorus as recorded by the Orpheus Choir and Sir Hugh Roberton This is magnificent music And atmosphere wise it is more of a lost Celtic tradition than anything Tolkien could have ever written Cheers David Cavlovic 5 57 pm Pliable said Garth Trinkl points out that Peter Conrad s Creation Artists Gods and Origins Hardcover goes on sale in the US on November 1 http www thameshudson co uk en 1 9780500513569 mxs 64b38b560e7da85bf32ea063045d40c6 0 0 0 9 04 pm Pliable said Email received Dear Pliable Two books I ve read in the past couple of years have been incredibly thought provoking for both my own compositional work as well as for my listening enjoyment and appreciation Oceans of Sound by David Toop and Temperament The Idea That Solved Music s Greatest Riddle by Stuart Isacoff In Ocean of Sound one meanders through altered worlds of silence speed sound and the juxtaposed perfumes of distant and different aesthetics and realities As one reads one actually begins to gather form and gesture from the ether in a new way one hears frequencies and notices patterns which were already there but which one had simply missed before The book gives a listener new contexts in which to discover music and it offers the composer a rich universe in which to find and illuminate new and different patterns in his or her creative path The Temperament book has been called flawed by some perhaps the author has a bit of a dense writing style and goes off on one too many overgrown paths for some readers but it explores in a humorous manner the histories of the temperament tuning listening to and performing of music from a variety of sociocultural perspectives It made me wonder when I first read it why I had taken certain musical events and lineages for granted Most importantly it made me stop and think

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Staying at home with Couperin
    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 Words on twentieth century music Berlin Philharmonic s first woman conductor Staying at home with Couperin More on Norman s pulped fiction More than Player Piano Studies The sound of silence The art of the bad review Give me digital but not BBC Radio 3 Blogs the new wisdom of crowds Weaving the Web Wider Understatement of the week A pilgrim s final progress

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  • On An Overgrown Path: More on Norman's pulped fiction
    musical life will change or disappear altogether publishing houses for example or newspaper critics but also be prepared for the possibility that the new enviroment will be less tied to large institutions a traditional star system and a narrow repertoire 9 59 am sfmike said Dear pliable You are usually so decorous and kind but when you are not watch out Printing A Johnson s note from The Independent and employing the wonderful pun of Pulped Fiction were both brilliant strokes Thanks And completely off topic I ve just performed in an abridged version of The Magic Flute in San Francisco which is using Andrew Porter s witty and beautiful English translation Do you have any idea what has become of Mr Porter since he left New York in 1990 and returned to England Google for once was of absolutely no help other than confirming that he s still alive 5 19 pm jcrane said So how does someone like Lebrecht reach such a high position in the classical music world 8 38 pm Pliable said Mike I don t know Andrew Porter s whereabouts But I think he must be 78 now So I hope he is enjoying his retirement and enjoying some fine music Do any other readers know more 10 09 pm Pliable said Jon the question of how does someone like Norman Lebrecht reach such a high position is an important one and I may return to it We have to be careful here and I am getting a liitle uncomfortable with all the schadenfreude which I know my blog is part of Lebrecht is a very fine writer You don t win a Whitbread Award for your first novel for nothing The following may help provide the answer The three biggest music stories on my blog in reader numbers in the past 12 months have been 1 Joyce Hatto 2 Norman Lebrecht 3 Robert King Do we build these people up to knock them down 10 14 pm Dennis said Given that there was no trial and the matter was just settled out of court how much do we really know about the facts of this case Is this just a case of someone with deep pockets being unhappy with how he was portrayed in a book so he uses every legal means at his disposal to hound the author and publisher or was Lebrecht truly guilty of falsifying information Heyman claims Lebrecht made him look like a sh t but has he provided any evidence to demonstrate that Lebrecht actually said anything untrue Maybe Heyman is a sh it Of course this case also demonstrates the problem with British libel law being much too plaintiff friendly Note that the book was only challenged in the UK and is only being pulped in the UK but not in the US where it is much more difficult for a plaintiff to prevail in a libel suit Until I see evidence from Heyman demostrating that Lebrecht lied

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  • On An Overgrown Path: More than Player Piano Studies
    2 in my view http www wergo de shop resources 595071 pdf 1 53 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 Words on twentieth century music Berlin Philharmonic s first woman conductor Staying at home with Couperin More on Norman s pulped fiction More than Player Piano Studies The sound of silence The art of the bad review Give me digital but not BBC

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