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  • On An Overgrown Path: More of Martinu's music please
    not last very long in the domestic catalog however 6 24 pm Pliable said Drew kind of ironic isn t it that Martinu is rarely performed in the US He left France for the US in 1941 and became an American citizen in 1952 But he returned to Europe in 1953 and died there in 1959 7 13 pm Pliable said There is an MP3 file of an interview with Martinu in English here Duration is 2 57 7 15 pm Drew80 said Yes it is ironic that Martinu s music gets performed so seldom in the U S With reference to my earlier post I should have mentioned that Claus Peter Flor during his years as Principal Guest Conductor of the Dallas Symphony DID perform a few Martinu works In fact Flor s performance of the Third Symphony is still talked about in Dallas Thanks for the Martinu interview link 7 36 pm Garth Trinkl said Parts of Martinu s setting of the Epic of Gilgamesh are refreshingly new and unusual music 10 00 pm Pliable said Email received Dear Pliable As a fellow East Anglian and music follower I ve read your blog with great interest for a while now and I ve always enjoyed reading your informed opinions Today I felt moved to write as Martinu has long been a favourite composer of mine since playing his extraordinary Memorial to Lidice with my County Youth Orchestra many years ago and it s lovely to read something anything about him for a change I wonder if you ve heard his surrealist opera Julietta or The Key to Dreams after the play by Georges Neveu I have it on an elderly Supraphon CD which is also no longer available sadly It s a really glorious work which has never received the attention it deserves it meant a great deal to the composer and he was working on revising it while on his deathbed If you ve never heard it I thoroughly recommend it All best wishes with the blog long may it continue Jude Jude Brimmer 6 24 am Mell said Martinu has a wonderful quartet for Clarinet Horn Cello and Side Drum It such a rarity for percussionists to be involved in a quartet like this It s a joy to play and great music 2 49 pm sfmike said You ask But sadly that set doesn t have the Slovak edge of the Neumann records or is that wonderful analogue sound on the Czech LP pressings The answer of course is that both the Slovak edge of Neumann and other Slovak artists plus those marvelously thick Supraphon pressings were both responsible for some of the great recordings in the history of music They will never be replaced oddly enough 8 31 am Alex M Frankel said Every night of the week at 7pm and midnight Los Angeles gets to hear Martinu on the radio the third movement from Piano Quartet No 1 by Bohuslav Martinů 8 01

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Echoes of Soft Machine
    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 Serial music exploring the labyrinth Remembering a forgotten maestro Now playing the Hallelujah Chorus The Well Tempered Concert Lebrecht is right Naxos is not in same league Hommage à Pierre Boulez Brand new music for harpsichord Norman Lebrecht and unchecked trivia New music with a Benedictine habit More of Martinu s music please Echoes of Soft Machine Royal Opera House loses the plot Monteverdi s genius deserves far better New classical recording becomes hot property Aldeburgh has always been about the new Now Joyce Hatto

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Royal Opera House loses the plot
    of places is reflected in the location of Imogen Holst s grave alongside that of Britten and Peter Pears in Aldeburgh churchyard The words on her headstone from her father Gustav Holst s Hymn of Jesus deliver a message that is still not fully understood today The heavenly spheres make music for us All things join in the dance Now join in the dance here here here here here here here and here and read about Britten s women here The Beethoven Symphonies advertisement comes from my own collection The Occidental College speech is from Klemperer on Music Toccata Press ISBN 0907689132 highly recommended for advertising agencies everywhere Imogen Holst A Life in Music is published by Boydell Brewer ISBN 9781843832966 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 Wednesday October 17 2007 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels aldeburgh benjamin britten covent garden gustav holst imogen holst occidental college opera otto klemperer royal opera house 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 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Monteverdi's genius deserves far better
    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 Serial music exploring the labyrinth Remembering a forgotten maestro Now playing the Hallelujah Chorus The Well Tempered Concert Lebrecht is right Naxos is not in same league Hommage à Pierre Boulez Brand new music for harpsichord Norman Lebrecht and unchecked trivia New music with a Benedictine habit More of Martinu s music please Echoes of Soft Machine Royal Opera House loses the plot Monteverdi s genius deserves far better New classical recording becomes hot property Aldeburgh has always been about the new Now Joyce Hatto the book BBC launches classical idol The Rest Is

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  • On An Overgrown Path: New classical recording becomes hot property
    with publish I also meant to say that I know there are ways to force a link to open in a new window but it s friendlier to do it on the user s behalf for the benefit of those who may not know the technique 5 53 pm Pliable said Scott my previous attempts to open links within comments in a new window have been blocked by Blogger it won t accept the attribute TARGET I was going to post the complete code and error message here to show what I tried but Blogger won t let me If anyone cares to email me HTML that opens a new window from within Blogger comments I ll gratefully use it 6 06 pm Scott said HTML that opens a new window from within Blogger comments I ll gratefully use it Aha my sympathies I m no HTML whiz and have no idea how one might fool the Blogger SW As a poor second best I suppose one could follow a link by something such as Right click link open in a new window If computers weren t so useful I d take a sledgehammer to mine 11 15 pm rchrd said Ahh blaming computers again I would roast the owner of that laptop first Anyone dumb enough to have many hours of labor sitting on a laptop without multiple backups on CD DVD or external hard drives should not be working in this field Back in the bad old days of tape the tapes were so big and bulky the worst thing that could happen is leaving them in a car in the sun all day or dropping a latte on them The laptop was stolen not for what was contained within but for the laptop itself In this digital age people need to be trained properly on how to handle content And in this case it wasn t the computer s fault But tragedies do happen Like the time Christian Wolff left his guitar in his car after a performance in San Francisco of a new piece for electric guitar that Morton Feldman wrote for him He discovered later that his guitar was stolen and in the case was the ONLY copy of Feldman s score Luckily the performance was recorded this was in the early 60 s but then the tape went missing for 40 years until it was found recently in the Other Minds archive of tapes from KPFA radio Always backup your data 8 21 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Aldeburgh has always been about the new
    writers of tomorrow The new spaces we are building at Snape below will be great for this kind of developmental work and smaller scale opera BS How do your audience demographics compare with other festivals such as the Proms and Glyndebourne JR They are similar possibly slightly older because the population of the Suffolk coast is higher than average They are a great audience who listen and like to take risks BS Talking of risk taking you have pushed the boundaries into electronica World Music and other genres Is this a conscious strategy and if so will it go further JR Aldeburgh has always been about the new Music is changing boundaries between different genres are dissolving What we are doing simply reflects this For example the distance between the cutting edge of contemporary classical music don t you hate that phrase and electronica is arguably very small They are both musicians trying to do something quite similar just using a different set of tools BS You talk about using a different set of tools Does more extensive use of the internet figure in your plans both for performance and promotion And I have to ask this question do you read music blogs and how do you see their role JR The internet and other technologies are playing a growing part of our creative output and how we promote We are doing quite of lot of R D in this field and it s just going to get more and more important I do read blogs when I can but lack of time limits this It s great that the stranglehold of the printed media is being released by blogs which are bringing fresh blood to criticism and a new perspective on musical life At last it feels we can escape the tired cynicism that traps many of the traditional media BS Much has been written elsewhere about the death of classical music yet Aldeburgh today seems to be flourishing How do you explain this JR Don t believe what you read Yes in some places where no one takes risks it is certainly stagnating But at the end of the day if you only put on events that excite you with a bit of luck they will excite an audience too Good live music performed by great artists will never die Keep a balance between the familiar and the new and take risks BS Any hints as to the direction that the 2008 Aldeburgh Festival may take JR No major new directions But highlights will include a new opera Ocean of Rain by Yannis Kyriakides our third Faster than Sound lots of music by György Kurtag and new works by Thomas Adès and John Woolrich See you there Jonathan Reekie is seen above looking into the future of contemporary music The new creative campus being built at Snape is one of the most exciting developments in classical music anywhere Read about it here All photos and text c On

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Now - Joyce Hatto the book
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  • On An Overgrown Path: BBC launches 'classical idol'
    like to think that the end result of watching these shows might be to get people in the door of the classical music world and take up music lessons buy recordings and go to concerts My only two reservations about this format are that 1 the repertoire tends toward classical blancmange and 2 I question networks long term commitment toward this type of show even though they might demonstrate extraordinary ratings Bathroom Divas was canceled unexpectedly after two successful seasons 1 33 am Pliable said Chris I think your last paragraph says it all It is not only the networks that lack long term commitment to this style of classical music If you only feed children blancmange they do not develop teeth As a result they can only eat blancmange for the rest of their lives The same applies when you only serve musical blancmange the audience doesn t develop teeth Which means concert promoters broadcasters record companies and musicians like you are left with two choices Switch all your programmes to musical blancmange which is what BBC Radio 3 did when they hired Paul music for lovers Gambuccini with disastrous results And which is what they are doing again with their recent changes to the network and with programmes like Classical Star Or lose your new audience when you serve up more chewy meals A generation developed its musical teeth on chewy programmes which included new music delivered by Pierre Boulez at the BBC ironically and others with no blancmange on offer Has the current generation lost the ability to grow teeth Happily I don t think so I ve been to some wonderfully chewy musical events recently which have attracted new audiences The audiences are up for it But ratings obsessed organisations like the BBC are now so risk averse they don t have the bottle to experiment Thankfully others do And I will return to them later today 7 25 am From The Podium said I do wish we could tune into this in Canada BBC always has the good programming 3 59 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

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