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  • On An Overgrown Path: What if it's really avant-garde and rubs me the wrong way?
    and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Also on Facebook and Twitter Posted by Pliable at Friday September 05 2014 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels bbc proms Jesse G L Stewart Kazuhiro Koizumi R Murray Schafer 1 comment Michael Bettine said This is ironic as living in the States I recall hearing music by both John Cage and Iannis Xenakis during past Proms broadcasts Perhaps I should thank the BBC from saving us actually having to think while listening 12 33 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 Why classical radio must change or die Thought for the future When classical music danced to the rhythms of Moth In concert halls expectation and experience must d Doggie mandala What is the sound of no audience clapping Ravi Shankar s embryonic opera is surprise success Spare us Lebrecht s Scottish fantasia Not much clickbait in this post Assume all technology guilty until proven innocen Nada Brahma Sound is God Beware of classical music s new silly conventions Confused by music streaming So is the record indu This digital fixation is damaging live classical m Introducing Britten s heir apparent What if it s really avant garde and rubs me the wr Classical music sales separating fact from ficti The original master tapes have been sadly lost Classical music needs wider as well as younger aud August 17 July 10

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Building classical music's viral loop
    Ruhe Eternal Peace from another Uzbek composer Polina Medyulyanova a quartet movement from Georgian Zurab Nadarejshvili and The Spell III for violin and electronics by Serbian Aleksandra Vrebalov and you have what looks to be a strong contender for my 2010 disc of the year This post started out with Jonathan Harvey questioning some of classical music s silly conventions Path also questions established conventions The disc departs from the single composer and single work convention Every featured composer is living they are geographically and ethnically diverse two are women the music is performed by forces that range from a guitar quartet through to the combination of voice flute and tampura John Tavener s Sámaveda and the recordings were made in four different locations across two countries The release also swims against the download tide and comes as a beautifully packaged CD complete with that threatened artform of the MP3 world session photos some of which accompany this post Finally the introductory essay by Ivan Moody quotes Dostoyevsky and Nono rather than Charles Hazlewood Path is the second release from one of the smallest and most fragile of the new breed of musician run independent labels On the day it arrived I had been listening to two disappointing new pot boiler releases from independent label artists that are usually among my enthusiasms Jordi Savall s Folias Criollas and the Hilliard Ensemble and Jan Garbarek s Officium Novum When I heard Louth Contemporary Music s first release last year I wrote If I were CEO of a major corporate record label I would send a copy of A Place Between to every member of my classical division Can someone now please send a copy of Path to AliaVox and ECM UK release date for Path is November 1 My copy was a review sample and the title is not a complete coincidence as the thanks and acknowledgements in the CD booklet confirm Viral Loop is a new book by Adam L Penenberg Here s how it works you hear a piece of music you enjoy and you tell a friend That friend tells another friend the next friend tells the next and so on and so forth until the recording becomes that year s word of mouth bestseller That first recommendation gives birth to many Simple and the concept of pass it on is not so new and not so revolutionary think Tupperware parties But it is the business model which powers internet stars such as Google eBay Flickr and Facebook There is a good chance to get in the viral loop and discard some of classical music s conventions in the Britten Studio at Snape this Saturday evening Oct 9 Composer Tansy Davies who has been described as being between Xenakis and Prince has worked with the Azalea Ensemble in an Aldeburgh residency creating music for a new CD Saturday s gig showcases her new compositions and ends with a set from composer DJ Gabriel Prokofiev who has been described

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  • On An Overgrown Path: No flowers please for Herbert von Karajan
    flawless presentation which included the conductor talking passionately about Pélleas a stunning playback of the love duet from the opera and questions from the journalists The header photo was taken at the end of the presentation and Peter Andry is with Karajan it is from my personal files and may not have been published before As the presentation ended Andry thanked Karajan and the conductor left the platform to lively applause Then came the pièce de résistance My indefatigable secretary was stationed to the side with a bouquet of the Savoy s finest flowers which probably cost the equivalent of half EMI s current classical recording budget Only one problem nobody had told us that as well as not eating in public the maestro did not accept flowers in public Karajan rudely brushed Rosemary aside and fled for the door leaving a very red faced secretary clutching a huge bunch of flowers watched by eighty highly amused journalists So there we have Herbert von Karajan Inspired music maker and totally self serving personality Even after almost thirty years I can t hear the love duet from Pelléas without thinking of the cost of those flowers Happy birthday maestro wherever you are I will be celebrating the Contemporary Karajan on Future Radio at 5 00pm on April 6 and 12 50am on April 7 with a programme of twentieth century classics conducted by him The music is Alban Berg Three pieces from the Lyric Suite Arthur Honegger Symphony No 3 Lots more Karajan links here Peter Andry who is seen in my header photo with Karajan master minded many great EMI recordings including one of my personal favourites Karajan s 1970 Dresden Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Before joining EMI Andry was a Decca producer and his recording of the Ernest Bloch String Quartets should be in every CD collection Read more about it here All images and text c On An Overgrown Path 2008 and not to be reproduced without prior written permission Report broken links missing images and errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Thursday April 03 2008 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels classical music claude debussy emi english national opera frederica von stade Giuseppe Verdi herbert von karajan jose carreras mirella freni peter andry pichard stilwell 3 comments violainvilnius said Was the poor secretary at least allowed to take the flowers home 7 04 am Pliable said Nice thought VV I think she was These days they would have to be declared to the Inland Revenue as a taxable benefit in kind 7 51 am pyjama said I feel for the poor secretary but it s hardly Karajan s fault is it Granted he could have accepted the flowers but the fact is that he thought them unnecessary 4 01 am Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Performing outside the comfort zone
    innovative new performance spaces is surely more important than cutting the price of tickets in established venues After music in an inflatable dome try music on a floating stage and music in a circus ring Images 1 and 2 are c Tsunehisha Kimura Beyond the Notes by Susan Tomes is published by Boydell Brewer ISBN 1843830450 I bought my copy when it was first published in 2004 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 Thursday May 28 2009 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels domus genjiro arato japan pablo de sarasate seijun suzuki susan tomes tsunehisha kimura 5 comments Pliable said Susan Tomes now has her own blog www susantomes com 10 25 pm Boydell and Brewer said As you rightly mention at the end of the post the title of Susan Tomes book is Beyond rather than Between the Notes 10 48 am Pliable said B B thanks for pointing out my error in confusing beyond and between now corrected 12 00 pm John said Does anyone know why Domus disbanded 2 43 pm Susan said I was the pianist of Domus so I can answer this Domus s repertoire was focused in the later years on the piano quartet a very good repertoire but a small one People kept asking to hear the same few works and much as we tried to keep them fresh it became hard to do so as time went on We tried to vary the repertoire with non piano quartets but were often told that because it is rare to hear a dedicated piano quartet that s what the audience wanted to hear That plus internal dissent which is no doubt common to all chamber music groups kind of drained us of energy in the end But it was a very special group and a special time 3 40 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Music to go
    use left hand on finger board Is bow control more sensitive than fingers on the strings 5 42 pm sndengr said I think that is not the standard setting of the lute I think the lute player is left handed 6 39 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 Composing the polyphony of ideas Art cannot ignore what is joyful Abbey Road board game How Mahler turned up the bass Classical music and the literature of the layman Who was the composer Travels with Manfred Eicher Rare photo of Carl Nielsen discovered Seen while travelling Wagner for the birds Music to go Still travelling 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Bringing classical music to the people
    information and observations from American and other readers would be very welcome Many thanks to Michael Martin for permission to use his superb photos which were taken South at Point Marina Port Isabel Texas Listen to the American Wind Symphony Orchestra here More on the links between music and architecture here Report broken links missing images and errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Tuesday February 03 2009 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels alan hovhaness american wind symphony orchestra architecture colin mcphee joaquin rodrigo louis kahn robert austin boudreau samuel ekpe akpabot 1 comment Garth Trinkl said Pliable while I don t know whether I will ever perform in Los Angeles s new elite Walt Disney Hall I have performed in Frank Gehry s much earlier although expanded in the 1990s Concord Pavilion located over the hills east of San Francisco Here is a bit of its history written in 1996 in the San Francisco Chronicle and a picture The pavilion which draws about 350 000 a year has featured artists as varied as Frank Sinatra and Tom Petty the Vienna Philharmonic and Red Army Chorus More than 90 000 people attend the facility s wide range of free community events The Concord Pavilion grew out of one such community event the Concord Summer Festival It was founded by the late Carl Jefferson a Concord car dealer who began producing concerts with his favorite jazz musicians in the city s Boulevard Neighborhood Park in 1969 That year Erroll Garner Mel Torme Carmen McRae and Buddy Rich were among the performers The festival blossomed into the now famous Concord Jazz Festival and prompted Jefferson who died last year to found the Concord Jazz record label He was the moving force behind the pavilion dubbed the house that jazz built http delmonteelectric com images concord pavln jpg 9 37 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Classical music runs away to join the circus
    in to Great Yarmouth for a pre concert reception for the great and good He then duly helicoptered out to return to his London residence before the concert started due to an adverse weather forecast It seems that helicopters classical music and the royal family just don t mix Judging by the number of 4X4s with blacked out windows parked around the Hippodrome other people were anticipating bad weather It was good to see quite a few young people in the audience But no use was made of the rehearsal for schools Which was a shame as it included a complete playthrough of the Elgar Concerto And apart from the orchestra I did not hear anything other than English spoken in the Hippodrome Which is a pity concerning the rich mix of nationalities among Yarmouth s population Watching yesterday s rehearsal I could not help comparing the average of the Russian orchestra with today s youthful British bands At 59 I can hardly talk but a few of the Russian State Philharmonic probably saw service under Tchaikovsky as well as Shostakovich However as I have said before youth is a state of mind not a time of life And what the capacity audience got last night was a very rewarding evening of great music Even if it was interspersed with superfluous BBC Radio 3 style chatter from someone with a wireless microphone Let us be honest the Russian State Philharmonic are not the Kirov Orchestra and Valery Poliansky is not the other Valery And there wasn t much elbow room in the circus ring If you look carefully at my header photo you will see that the tam tam has been squeezed out of the arena and into the audience But despite this the Russian State Philharmonic delivered an atmospheric if coarse grained Easter Festival Overture a better than workmanlike Elgar Concerto and a Pathétique which at times showed what the orchestra must be like when it on top form Yes the players were a touch Schnittke in the rehearsal about the low temperatures in the hall Moscow anyone Then there was the burly man in the very expensive suit who stood surveying the auditorium throughout the rehearsal And was it really necessary for Poliansky to make such a show in the concert of how his temporary podium like Russian democracy was somewhat wobbly But full marks to the maestro for imperiously cutting short the spurious applause at the end of the Allegro molto vivace third movement of the Tchaikovsky by launching straight into the slow last movement No they are not the Kirov Orchestra But the Kirov do not come to Great Yarmouth And give me an evening of live music from the Russian State Philharmonic any day over recorded music As I drove home along the A47 after the concert through a beautiful night for helicopter flying I reflected on quite a few things Most important through the great work of SeaChange Arts a capacity audience had heard live classical music in a town where serious crime happens more often than serious art Attracting people to classical music concerts is not just about ticket prices We need to be far more adventurous in the spaces that classical music is performed in We are also much too dismissive of the type of programme and orchestra that received a standing innovation last night I am as guilty as anybody If the Russian orchestra had not been playing in such an unusual venue I would not have travelled to hear them Which is completely wrong I have not heard the Pathétique live for decades I listened to it last night with innocent ears and was reminded of just how much great music we mentally archive as we search for the next new sonic experience Last night s circus ring had taken me full circle Tchaikovsky s Sixth Symphony was in the first classical concert I attended as a child Let us hope that thanks to SeaChange Arts some others in the Hippodrome audience last night were starting out on a musical path as rewarding as the one I have travelled in the last fifty years There is surprisingly little biographical information available on Valery Poliansky particularly considering he was chosen over the better known Rozhdestvensky to lead the State Symphony Capella of Russia Polyansky s reputation was built as a choral conductor But he appears to now mainly devote himself to the symphonic repertoire Any more information from readers would be welcomed Poliansky has recorded Alexander Grechaninov s The Seven Days of Passion with the Cappella for Chandos Grechaninov is a fascinating composer more about him here SeaChange Arts are bringing the Berlin Symphony Orchestra under Lothar Zagrosek another IMG Artists tour package to the Hippodrome Great Yarmouth on March 15th The main work is Mendelssohn s Italian Symphony so no problems about positioning the tam tam In a neat piece of synchronicity the Berlin Symphony s regular home is the Konzerthaus in Berlin another performing space that has featured in a music and architecture post My thanks go to Penny Wright of SeaChange Arts and the impressively efficient Chrissy Dixon at IMG Artists for arranging my access to the rehearsal and concert All photos c On An Overgrown Path 2009 My photos were taken using available light with my Casio EX Z120 There was very little available light and what was available was pink so sorry about the picture quality 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 Thursday February 05 2009 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels alexander grechaninov circus great yarmouth hippodrome igor stravinsky john barbirolli julian lloyd webber norfolk russian state philharmonic orchestra seachange arts valery poliansky

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Classical music loses one million listeners
    FM frequency When Radio 3 has returned poor listening figures in the past the official BBC reaction via their press office has been to use semantic dexterity to turn bad news into good news But seasoned BBC watchers have noted that in contrast to the network controller s airy dismissal of his station s appalling performance the latest BBC media centre statement tersely spells out that Radio 3 is a bust It seems the senior BBC management is finally running out of patience with Roger Wright s flawed strategy so there may be hope yet Also on Facebook and Twitter 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 Thursday June 07 2012 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels BBC Radio 3 bbc radio 6 classic fm nicholas kenyon roger wright 3 comments Unknown said Great article They really need to dumb up radio 3 They lost me when they started playing excerpts of sonatas every morning 8 02 am Philip Amos said As it may be a help for some readers may I mention again the site Classical Live Online Radio It s free site that offers simple links to about 160 classical music stations in three geographic categories Europe USA and Rest of the World You can listen with or without itunes Between that and the Naxos Music Library now with almost 70 000 CDs on over 400 labels including of late the complete HMV catalogue it s been some years since I ve given a thought to tuning into Radio 3 et al Exploring those radio stations is interesting not to say rather fun pen in hand to note the best Many are exemplary in variety of repertoire and in presentation 12 50 pm Graeme said I would just like to express my hatred of those weeks when the BBC works through the complete works of some composer to the exclusion of any other music Even if you like Wagner who would want to listen to nothing but Wagner for a week Ditto Bach Stravinsky Tschaikovsky etc The Schubert experience however was by far the worst mainly because I cannot stand Schubert s music and especially those tinkly everlasting songs that are supposed to be so great For the period of these experiences the station essentially gives up its responsibility to build programmes 3 30 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

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