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  • On An Overgrown Path: Is recorded classical music too cheap?
    music as a commodity Anyone anywhere at any time can listen to the B minor Mass upon one condition only that they possess a machine No qualification is required of any sort faith virtue education experience age Music is now free for all If I say the loudspeaker is the principal enemy of music I don t mean that I am not grateful to it as a means of education or study or as an evoker of memories But it is not part of true musical experience Regarded as such it is simply a substitute and dangerous because deluding Music demands more from a listener than simply the possession of a tape machine or a transistor radio It demands some preparation some effort a journey to a special place saving up for a ticket some homework on the programme perhaps some clarification of the ears and sharpening of the instincts It demands as much effort on the listener s part as the other two corners of the triangle this holy triangle of composer performer and listener If you enjoyed this post follow the overgrown path to A direct line to Britten Note to regular readers of On An Overgrown Path The next post will be uploaded on Saturday 11th June Sorry about the pause the overgrown path hasn t come to a dead end but travel arrangements dictate the interruption The posts will continue including an interesting contribution about violinist Elmar Oliveira from a guest blogger in the US Posted by Pliable at Sunday June 05 2005 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels arnold schoenberg BBC benjamin britten bowers and wilkins brilliant classics caiman usa naxos Philippe Herreweghe tallis scholars 10 comments Richard Friedman said However concert prices at least here in the US are moving in the opposite direction I had to pass on concerts here at the Univeristy of California Berkeley this weekend see Berkeley Edge Festival because the tickets were 32 each If I took my wife to both we re out 128 70 43 or 104 euros I m afraid two evenings of Terry Riley and John Zorn are just not equal to dinner at Chez Panisse upstairs with a good bottle of Bandol But I understand why those tickets are so expensive Everybody has to get paid We have had to face this problem with the Other Minds Festivals which are getting harder and harder to produce due to rising costs On the other hand while I m a strong believer in internet radio and listen to many stations throughout the week and very rarely listen to FM radio anymore the sound quality of most stations is pretty poor Physical CDs are far superior 7 28 am SimonT said To back up your point I ve got a programme for The Ring which I saw at English National Opera in 1976 Top price seats were 7 50 and an ad in the brochure has the recording on vinyl of course of Rhinegold at 8 95 You can pick up the CDs for as little as 15 now but top price seats are more than 80 12 43 pm David Toub said I don t think it s too cheap but it depends what you re interested in There are a lot of good budget classical recordings out there with some occasional even frequent albums of new music Some of the performances are also very very good Some are not you get what you pay for However many recordings of new music are not so budget priced Back when I was a kid it was not that bad to purchase a slew of records at 5 record or even less As a result I could try a lot of things I might not have at a higher price point There was a great business in SoHo called the New Music Distribution Service no idea what ever happened to them where I could get a lot of underground music fairly cheaply the original recording of Music in Changing Parts a lot of Ashley etc Not everything I tried ended up being something I really liked the Glass of course is incredible however But the point is that because of the reasonable prices one could venture into a lot of different music That just isn t as likely with higher prices With rock one can at least sample some cuts on the radio etc helping steer one s purchase With new classical music that is less common i wish there were easier access to new music on the big satellite channels like XM or Sirius But right now there just aren t which is unfortunate in terms of reaching a mass audience But I digress 3 46 pm jult52 said And my question is recorded classical music too cheap must surely be answered by the token annual subscription charge of just US 9 95 5 50 for Naxos Web Radio One observation about this that would be more than the annual per subscriber revenue received from cable affiliates that a low rated cable channel with a niche following would receive That s one way to put it in perspective The price if anything is fairly high 2 28 pm MikeZ said I don t understand too cheap except in relation to what the performers get A long time ago I lived in Germany and there were concerts almost nightly with tickets so inexpensive I didn t even have to think about it I don t agree entirely with Britten s idea that music and by extension Art has to be a journey to a mountaintop Obviously the more you know the more you can appreciate but it s a man with a stone soul who can sit in one of Bach s cathedrals of sound and not be moved Britten doesn t have quite the right analogy it s not a holy triangle of composer performer listener It s a communication

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Music exists within silence
    new genre of music writing which favours anecdotal narration over academic rigour Richard Williams background as a journalist serves him well for this task but when he embarks on the occasional track by track analysis of the music his prose can be as wearisome as one of ECM s more arcane offerings But minor reservations aside The Blue Moment provides a welcome if highly personal European perspective on the forces that shaped late twentieth century music Read about the influence of Bill Evans pianist for Kind of Blue on Hungarian György Ligeti here and about Miles Davis Spanish inspired follow up album here Footer photo credit Reeves Audio Recording The Blue Moment was borrowed from Norwich library and is published by Faber ISBN 9780571245062 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 Version 1 1 28 09 2009 Posted by Pliable at Monday September 28 2009 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels bill evans brian eno cornelius cardew ecm la monte young manfred eicher miles davis rune grammofon terry riley the necks toru takemitsu 6 comments Pliable said With thanks to reader Jeffrey for pointing out that my time line in the original version of this post was wrong No excuses except for pleading that I am still suffering from the internal combustion equivalent of jet lag Anyway now corrected 7 36 pm Pliable said Email received A lot of the Early Music ensembles include a lot of silence I think silence is just as important at the end of a CD as well some of us still have CD players in which you can hear the gears shutting down because reflecting on a piece of music is just as important In one CD I issued of the electronic music of Ann Southam the last work already tranquil ends with a very gradual fade out I added an extra 30 seconds of silence to allow for peaceful reflection Cheers David Cavlovic http www kalvos org southam html 7 39 pm k hobday said One of the more notorious silences in the classical CD trade comes at the end of various recordings of The Art of Fugue Specifically the wonderful recording by pianist Evgeni Koroliov on Tacet Records has been returned as faulty to me on 4 occasions over the past 9 years after the music stops abruptly as Bach s incomplete 3 part fugue did and the CD track continues to play silence for over a minute I think the amount of silence is the time it would have taken Bach to resolve the fugue based on a mathematical formula It causes a fair amount of annoyance and it may be one case where silence is not golden 8 25 pm Pliable said Thanks

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  • On An Overgrown Path: John Cage was really happening in Bruges
    choral music and was also used for a performance of Morton Feldman s Rothko Chapel My photo above shows the stunning lantaantoren lantern tower which is used for chamber music and amplified events The new Concertgebouw provides a wonderful choice of flexible performing spaces But despite the claims of the project consultants Arup Acoustics the isolation from external noise in the chamber music venue leaves a lot to be desired But I m sure John Cage would have approved of the traffic noise in his Hymns and Variations and the marching band in Sonatas and Interludes The Cage happening also included music by Earle Brown Seen in my photos are the musicians who made it happen Daan Vandewalle piano Arne Deforce cello Jean Marc Montera electric guitar Chris Cutler percussion Aimé Lombaert carillon Cage s Radio Music photo 2 was performed by students from the Conservatories of Ghent and Bruge Lunch photo 5 was indeterminacy cooking with individual menus decided by a random number generation program This was a true happening a gathering at which something happened contrary to the social norm Other concert planners broadcasters and record companies please take note I have nothing to say and I am saying it and that is poetry as I needed it John Cage All photos c On An Overgrown Path 2008 Report broken links missing images and errors to overgrownpath at tmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Thursday February 21 2008 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels aime lombaert arne deforce belgium bruges chris cutler daan vandewalle earle brown jean marc montera john cage morton feldman 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Cleaning the ears of the musically educated
    John Cage for dummies from Alan Watts autobiography which has recently been republished by New World Library Novato California Alan Watts who is seen in my header photo was born in England in 1915 He met the Zen scholar D T Suzuki at an early age and moved to America where he became an Episcopal minister After leaving the church Alan Watts wrote more than twenty books on Zen Buddhism and his teachings were one of the triggers for beat Zen in the late 1950s which saw expression in Jack Kerouac s novel Dharma Bums Franz Kline s black and white abstractions and John Cage s compositions In the 1960s Watts was considered by many to be a counterculture guru and his circle included Timothy Leary Aldous Huxley and Richard Alpert Ram Dass Watts was also an early environmentalist and he died at his mountain retreat near Muir Woods California in 1973 Buddhism has been an important influence on many other modern composers including Philip Glass and Lou Harrison in the States and Edmund Rubbra John Palmer and Jonathan Harvey in England In My Own Way is the compelling story of one man s pursuit of the Buddhist way and the impact that his teachings had on many other important twentieth century figures Highly recommended together with the Asian Journals of the Catholic mystic Thomas Merton I am sure my readers ears do not need cleaning but this Sunday Feb 10 you can hear John Cage s Concerto for Prepared Piano and Chamber Orchestra on my Future Radio programme at 5 00pm on Feb 10 and 12 50am Feb 11 framed by Canzoni by the 17th century Italian composer Girolamo Frescobaldi Now read about Zen and the art of new music Alan Watts website here Listen on Future Radio at 5 00pm UK time this Sunday Feb 10 and 1 00am Monday Feb 11 real time here convert to local time zones here Windows Media Player doesn t like the audio stream very much and takes ages to buffer WinAmp or iTunes handle it best Unfortunately the royalty license doesn t permit on demand replay so you have to listen in real time If you are in the Norwich UK area tune to 96 9FM Report broken links missing images and errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Wednesday February 06 2008 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels alan watts buddhism d t suzuki edmund rubbra jean erdman john cage john palmer jonathan harvey lou harrison philip glass zen 1 comment rchrd said Hearing Alan Watts on WBAI radio in New York City in the late 50s and early 60s when I was in high school and starting college had a profound effect on me and I m sure others You can find a number of his recorded lectures and videos on the Internet Archive In many ways I think what he said still applies today Maybe

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Music of Black Africa on Future Radio
    is being paired with a one hour set which combines the traditional gnawa musicians with two young Marrakech DJs whose influences range from Philip Glass to Bill Laswell This one hour electro acoustic minimalist trance set concludes the webcast which starts on Future Radio at 12 01am UK time early on Monday morning May 26 which is Sunday afternoon or evening in North America find precise local time here Remember also my interview with Jordi Savall which is being broadcast at 5 00pm UK time this Sunday May 25 As the gnawa trance broadcast takes the usual Overgrown Path repeat slot early on Monday morning the Jordi Savall interview is getting a special repeat at 12 01am on Wednesday May 28 which is Tuesday afternoon or evening in North America 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 Friday May 23 2008 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels abbes baska larfaoui african orthodox church bill laswell future radio gnawa jordi savall kamarstudios marrakech Morocco philip glass steve reich 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 Some silence between the notes Avoid three kinds of master Following the early music path New media swings and roundabouts The CD connects with its inner child Steinway acquires on demand music retailer Contemporary music s Grand Canyon Suite Listen to the music of a metallic nightmare Classical music in the year of the

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  • On An Overgrown Path: World premiere for post-music symphony
    being what is music Is the continuo of a tuned string instrument any more music than the pulse of a wind turbine Aldeburgh Music s visionary residency allowed Chris Watson and his colleagues to create a post music symphony of great relevance impact and beauty Longshore Drift speaks in a language of change both in the musical and the environmental sense and that is something we desperately need right now Photos are c On An Overgrown Path 2009 Our 10 tickets for Faster Than Sound LISTEN were bought at the Aldeburgh box office Report broken links missing images and errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Sunday November 08 2009 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels aldeburgh ambisonics contemporary music faster than sound snape tony myatt 1 comment Pliable said Interesting article on the Huffington Post as to whether the traditional sympony orchestra model still works http www huffingtonpost com michael kaiser does the symphonic orches b 350464 html 2 27 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Where is your pie?
    Share to Pinterest Labels alan gilbert aldeburgh music barbican centre benjamin britten gustavo dudamel los angeles philharmonic margery baker new york philharmonic wymondham abbey 7 comments Pliable said If you are thinking of going to the second performance of Noye s Fludde in Wymondham Abbey which takes place tomorrow Saturday March 14 I am afraid it is completely sold out It appears nobody has told the residents of south Norfolk that classical music is dead 1 16 pm G sus said Dear Pliable Some time ago I found an article that made me think about international tours by orchestras http classicstoday com features 1004 madness asp Living in Madrid where some of the local orchestras are good but not outstanding I can understand that concerts given here by top level bands such as the Vienna Phil the Concertgebouw and the likes can appeal to the audience But it is more difficult to understand that same situation in places where the local orchestras are already top level Some time ago one of the local orchestras in Madrid toured in Germany and Austria for a couple of weeks After the tour there were brochures in their concert hall reporting the successful reviews they got from the local press in the cities they visited And I wondered whether I needed someone from Germany or anywhere else to tell me how good or bad is an orchestra I see regularly and they have seen only once In May this year they are touring in the UK We will see more of the same thing 8 17 pm Pliable said G sus thanks for that very useful link and your comments They support the discomfort that I have over the Barbican s extended residency project I am a huge supporter of music outreach into schools and the community But I am at a loss to understand what a flying visit by a musician from Amsterdam New York Leipzig or Los Angeles can do in an East London school that a local teacher cannot other than add some expensive novelty value I am finding it difficult not to view these extended residencies as a clever way to window dress intercontinental tours by the big name orchestras It also disturbs me that mentions of access outreach and schools immediately elevates a project into the ethically sound category and puts it off limit for critical discussion Which is why I wrote the article http www overgrownpath com 2007 06 how green was my concert html 8 50 pm The Wound Dresser said It seems a waste of money frankly better spent on local hires giving local musicians the gig would better everyone all around the school the community the musicians and the economy Why is FLASH so important The least flashy conductor I know of Abbado is also for me the best 2 06 am Gavin Plumley said Great posting and insightful as ever but I have to disagree with the following It can produce more tears than

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  • On An Overgrown Path: The art of the animateur
    vast one is humbly aware that it will only be conquered by the penetration of the human spirit however beguiling the exhibits of technical wizardry and that penetration will be neither rapid nor easy We re all trying to be too clever We ve forgotten the importance of the human spirit except when we are trampling it underfoot on BBC TV s Classical Star We ve missed the point that digital technologies new books internet radio and blogs alone are never going to attract a new mass audience for classical music But great animateurs can The good news is that the art of the animateur is not dead The opening of this autumn s Lincoln Centre season in New York was transmitted live on network television The TV presenter was that indominatable human spirit Itzhak Perlman photo below credit Allegro films and his words about the telecast are a lesson for all of us Television was how I came to the States to appear on the Ed Sullivan show Pliable and I ve always felt very comfortable doing it Of course there are battles Television will always err on the side of making something not quite as classy as it could be I try to put my foot down because people in the mass media often don t give audiences credit To bring a large audience to a piece of serious music and make it accessible does not mean reducing it in any way And I ve learned that if something is good even if it is a little difficult people will get that it is good Writing in the Cambridge Review in October 1957 Peter Laslett founder of the Open University described the BBC Third Programme as a sevice which is literally the envy of the world Fifty years later the service is in danger of becoming the laughing stock of the world It doesn t need rocket science or expensive technology to reverse the decline It just needs John Drummonds ill judged presentation changes to be reversed And it needs the BBC to remember the words of that great animateur Itzhak Perlman If something is good even if it is a little difficult people will get that it is good Now read how John Drummond and Leonard Bernstein just didn t hit it off 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 November 07 2007 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels andre previn BBC BBC Radio 3 david munrow fantasia glenn gould john drummond leonard bernstein radio 11 comments Jeff said Touching to see mention of David Munrow after many years God rest his soul 5 08 pm Pliable said Jeff thanks for that I m currently working on a radio documentary about David Munrow This will include I hope a major contribution from a key figure in Munrow s recording career who has not told his story before The programme should be broadcast on Future Radio before Christmas I ll post further details here when available 5 15 pm Garth Trinkl said Thank you for another very important article pliable Iván Fischer the founding music director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the incoming principal guest conductor for two years of Washington s National Symphony Orchestra is another humane musician who could probably easily step onto the television airwaves and radio airwaves and bring millions along to the joys of classical music Mr Fischer declined the National Symphony Orchestra s offer of the permanent post being vacated by Leonard Slatkin preferring not to spend too much time away from his young family based in Budapest and his Budapest Festival Orchestra Apparently his first classical concert for children in Washington based upon his children s classical programming in Budapest brought praise from the Washington Post which described him as informal and extroverted and pleasingly absurdist winning the delighted laughter of the numerous children parents and grandparents This past Sunday he gave two more Children s classical concerts in Washington the positive review for which is at mid page http www washingtonpost com wp dyn content article 2007 11 05 AR2007110501952 html I d love for the American Public Broadcasting Service PBS to invite Mr Fischer or an alternative younger humane musician to launch a weekend classical music program for children and young adults on PBS s Public Television and Public Radio if public television and radio in America survives the lack of attention and mismanagement of its current laissez faire Republican and ADD limosine liberal Democratic Boards of Governors 5 26 pm Pliable said Garth thanks for that and it is indeed good news that Iván Fischer is an animateur in the making My experience is that talking about music is something musicians either excel at or are really bad at Mark Elder has done great things with the Hallé Orchestra here But he will insist on delivering pre performance lectures which come over precisely as pre performance lectures I did write about musicians who talked some time back http theovergrownpath blogspot com 2005 06 and soloist talked beautifully html Now you ve got me thinking about a post on the Robert Mayer Children s Concerts http en wikipedia org wiki Robert Mayer 5 42 pm David said I used the word important before reading Garth s comment http davidderrick wordpress com 2007 11 07 animateurs 7 39 pm Pliable said Totally priceless Bang on cue tonight BBC Radio 3 presents a recording of a Boulez BBCSO concert from 1975 The concert recording is presented by Tom Service who has as a guest live in the presentation suite Sir Robert Ponsonby who was BBC controller of music in 1975 In the unscripted introduction Ponsonby lays in

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