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  • On An Overgrown Path: Does this new CD really represent a wave of change?
    wisdom that only warhorses sell is just another of classical music s silly conventions which was disproved long ago by the runaway success of Nonesuch s 1991 recording of Henryk Górecki s totally unknown Third Symphony Whether we like it or not the power of Deutsche Grammophon s PR machine is such that it is Gustavo Dudamel that sells not Richard Strauss and I would wager that Dudamel conducting York Höller would sell But despite that we are unlikely to find York Höller and Gustavo Dudamel together on Deutsche Grammophon in the near future So if your appetite has been wetted I heartily recommend the recording on the independent Neos label audio samples via this link on which Sphären is coupled with Höller s Der ewige Tag for mixed chorus large orchestra and live electronics a work that includes a setting of poetry from the 13th century Islamic poet Ibn Sharaf That is the CD below and on it both works are played by the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln with Rundfunkchor on Der ewige Tag conducted by Semyon Bychkov These exemplary performances and recordings prove what Dudamel s new Zarathustra singular fails to that classical music is still a force to be reckoned with If classical music is really serious about expanding its audience it should stop paying lip service to riding waves of change and start putting its money where its mouth is Classical music s big opportunity is not yet another Strauss tone poem of which there will doubtless be very many in 2014 How many times does it have to be said that classical music s big opportunity is expanding its existing audience by opening listeners ears to new and neglected music Also on Facebook and Twitter No freebies involved in this post Any copyrighted material 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 Posted by Pliable at Tuesday January 07 2014 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels berlin philharmonic daniel barenboim deutsche grammophon gustavo dudamel max hole NEOS richard strauss Semyon Bychkov universal music WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln York Holler 3 comments jmiami57 said I agree completely And it doesn t help much that even Amazon com lists the Neos recording as being temporarily out of stock And only two other vendors on the site have a copy of it 4 43 am Pliable said jmiami57 thanks for that and you raise an important point The disturbing shift from the promise of a digitally enabled long tail of availability to the reality of a commercially driven short head of available music is the subject of a planned future post 7 32 am JMW said This post should be read as gospel 3 23 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Audience data explodes entertainment fallacy
    issue here in times pastm but a couple of things I might add First there is a site called Classical Live Online Radio a great convenience for it provides links to 160 or so classical music stations these categorized geographically as Europe USA and Rest of the World The great majority of the stations thereon that I ve listened to in all regions have the simplest format an announcer who names the composer work and performer s and then the music Why anyone would suffer the teeth grinding twittering and blethering of Radio 3 and similar when they could stream to take one example among so many RAI which I light upon because much of its programming is drawn from the vast RAI archives of studio and broadcast concert performances and that raises another beef with the Beeb I do not know For people who do not have a vast personal collection of recordings there is also the Naxos Music Library with circa 65000 CDs on over 200 labels now including the entire EMI back catalogue and that means back to Elgar conducting Elgar you can stream once you stop being overwhelmed by what s in there I ve had a link to it for about five years and I m still a bit boggled especially re the historical reissues mostly wonderfully remastered and often recently unearthed in the case of concert performances Tip for people with the surpassing good sense to read your blog The NML annual subscription is not small change though eminently reasonable However if you go to tso ca the site of the Toronto SO and sign up for their email newsletter you ll then be invited to sign up for Beethoven on Demand If you do that you will when you click into BoD find yourself actually in the NML free Got to be the best deal on the internet I ve detected particularly on another blog a certain snooty attitude toward streaming re quality of sound I listen mostly to historical recordings anyway but even so with nifty Altec Lansing speakers I have no idea what it is I m supposed to be missing That is best left to the audiophiles But re your central point Bob my mind always goes to Gramophone magazine of blessed memory After the magazine was bought by some conglomerate or other the executive suits decided it should be dumbed down dumbed way down to compete with the mags of ClassicFM and the BBC Having done that I think it took about five years for Gramophone s circulation to be cut almost exactly in half And so there is your point writ large I doubt if Gramophone lured anyone from ClassicFM but they sure as hell lost their serious readership me for one and I first put in a regular order for Gramophone at the local newsagent s when I was eleven years of age half a century ago 8 26 am Mike said Broadcast classical stations will continue

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Is dumbing up classical music's next big thing?
    suffer the inanities of calm Despite programmes that must have tortured the spirit of some listeners the photo below shows the Royal Albert Hall prepared for Stockhausen s Carré which was played twice in one Prom in 1972 the Boulez Glock approach won the hearts and minds of audiences and produced what Nicholas Kenyon describes as one of the landmarks of Britain s musical life in the twentieth century Forty years later classical music is in danger of drowning in the inanities of calm But as the combined audience for the the unashamedly dumbed down BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM shrinks by half a million Thomas Adès Violin Concerto receives whoops of approval from contemporary music virgins in Norwich and Missy Mazzoli s new multi media opera sells out in New York Is dumbing up classical music s next big thing The text of Peter Brook s funding application can be found in Michael Kurstow s biography of the director This book contains more wisdom about the performing arts that any other volume I know it is also pretty good on G I Gurdjieff a subject that I will return to 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 Also on Facebook and Twitter Posted by Pliable at Tuesday February 28 2012 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels abc classic fm bbc proms BBC Radio 3 G i Gurdjieff i Mizzy Mazzoli peter brook pierre boulez thomas ades william glock 1 comment Pliable said Nicely synchronous post by Mark Berry on the Boulezian http boulezian blogspot com 2012 02 few lessons in programming html 10 55 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 What sparked the Mahler revival Is dumbing up classical music s next big thing Wine women and Buddhism Breaking exclusive on the Oscar winners If that is what classical music is it s really gr If you dig Led Zeppelin try this Janacek New chief conductor but the same old tune Classical music is

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Classical music must quit the shallows for deeper waters
    hole Nicholas Carr RogerWright 3 comments Sergei said Rachmaninoff said radio can t do justice to good music He told the New York Times that his chief objection to radio had nothing to do with any technical limitations that radio has he was speaking in the 1920s Instead his chief objection was It makes listening to music too comfortable He continued I believe that one shouldn t be too comfortable when listening to really great music To appreciate good music one must be mentally alert and emotionally receptive You can t be that when you are sitting at home with your feet on a chair No listening to music is more strenuous that that Music is like poetry it is a passion and a problem You can t enjoy and understand it merely by sitting still and letting it soak into your ears NYT 22 December 1928 Tech boosters ridiculed him for having this view of course Here s an interesting article in the Telegraph http www telegraph co uk culture books non fictionreviews 3557671 Paying attention to Rachmaninoff html 1 36 am Notes from Maullaria said That elusive experience of momentarily crossing over is for me the raison d être of music and unlocking the secret of how it is achieved also unlocks the secret of how classical music can reach new audiences What a wonderful statement in your post of last Sunday 6 16 Yes that s it And then on Wednesday 6 19 One of the biggest obstacles in the fight against the classical music revisionists has been the emotive pejorative dumbing down with its connotations of elitism Now Nicholas Carr has shown a way round that obstacle by talking about deep as opposed to shallow cerebral experiences I needn t further enumerate all the dumbing down ideas that continue to be utilized by the classical music establishment that fail to produce the desired result As one who still owns some of those old Argo vinyl recordings of the King s College Choir and trained at St Peter s Choir School in Philadelphia I ve been fascinated by people s listening habits or the lack thereof since I was nine Our attentiveness to music is something that we have the conscious ability to control From noticing almost no detail at the shallow end of the dial and progressing up to the deep end where we notice almost every detail of the sounds received by our faculty of hearing and all the intermediary stages the choice is ours So how do we cajole people to make the conscious choice to listen to music as opposed to hearing music as a background to other thoughts texting reading or whatever Answering this question is the raison d être of The Discovery Orchestra We don t claim to have the answer but we have been having some success We know one thing for sure If individuals can have an aha around whether they are actually listening or just hearing and begin

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Research proves audiences become what they listen to
    How the Internet is Changing the Way We Think Read and Remember by Nicholas Carr and The Autobiography of a Sahu by Rampuri Our Aldeburgh Festival tickets were bought at the box office Header image credit Wikipedia 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 Also on Facebook and Twitter Posted by Pliable at Sunday June 16 2013 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels aldeburgh festival arditti quartet benjamin britten bernard haitink Edward Taub James Olds jonathan harvey Michael Merzenich 4 comments Lyle Sanford RMT said First congratulations It s my sense those moments are fairly infrequent and are to be treasured I agree with you that the newly discovered plasticity of the brain is one of the most promising things to come out of the new neuroscience We can literally change how we think and how we process sensory input Plato s talking about how some modes of music are better for us to listen to than others seems less arbitrarily judgmental seen in this light What this really makes me think of is the term flow the term Csikszentmihalyi came up with to describe that crossing over that can happen when performing music and the music seems to be happening of it s own It would be interesting to know how the performers felt about that particular performance From what I can tell anecdotally a performance that s a flow experience for the performers is more likely to trigger crossing over in the audience but that it s not necessary It s also possible that someone sitting right next to you was bored to tears by the same performance 8 13 pm kirkmc said Your post is interesting but a bit muddled in several ways First you say Hinduism and its reformed cousin Buddhism I d suggest you read at least a Wikipedia page to find out a bit more about Buddhism it s neither a cousin of Hinduism nor a reformed version of it But that s not the crux of your post You then say This is the brain s newly discovered ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections and the discovery of neuroplasticity indicates that classical music is wrong in the way it is trying to reach new audiences Well first neuroplasticity is not newly discovered it s just that it s been in the spotlight recently because a number of vulgarized books have been published about it It s been fairly well known and accepted for a couple of decades now Second this has absolutely nothing to do with trying to reach new audiences You seem to think that somehow listeners need to be brainwashed into liking classical music I know that s a bit harsh but that s what comes across in this statement Next It is beyond doubt that classical music must develop its own form of plasticity in order to adapt to wide ranging cultural and technical changes I don t know what you mean by classical music developing its own from of plasticity This sounds like post modern drivel and means nothing Honestly And this By contrast research into neuroplasticity supports the dumbing up approach Because audiences become what they listen to they will become progressively more receptive to challenging repertoire if exposed to it in the right circumstances Dumbing up means offering audiences a varied repertoire that mixes the accessible with a changing and challenging diet of the unfamiliar I think this has nothing to do with neuroplasticity you re falling into the now common trap of neuro whatever to define something It s more about a musical vocabulary that people need to learn When you re used to diatonic scales chromaticism is dissonant you need to learn the vocabulary or the phonemes if you prefer of this new type of sound The more you re exposed to these scales intervals and chords the less they shock you Finally regarding the main crux of your post where you say Yesterday his Fourth Quartet transformed Aldeburgh Church into what in those Eastern traditions is known as a tirth a transcedental location where one can cross over and that transformation triggered in me one of those rare experiences of being transported by music to another and better world This is indeed interesting but has nothing at all to do with neuroplasticity This is an experience that people have at different times and it can be caused by music by smells or tastes cf Proust s madeleine or other stimuli In zen this is called a kensho experience and when one has them they are very nice but one doesn t strive to have them they just happen when they do I describe a similar experience on one of my websites http www readingemerson com 2011 07 10 emerson and zen buddhism As to becoming what one listens to there is certainly evidence that different types of music have effects on the brain The problem is that no one has much of an idea what types of music do what or to whom or how The bit about playing Mozart to babies to make them smarter has been disproven And as someone who has meditated for a couple of decades and who has read a lot of the research I see little link between meditation s effects and that of music While certain types of music can certainly relax people this is well known and has been tested frequently others can have other effects If say a Mozart piano concerto relaxes and an atonal string quartet enervates then it s not classical music as such but specific types of music that may have effects 12 18 pm Pliable said Thanks for that kirkmc As is inevitable in this kind of post views are going to differ not the least

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Will Pablo Casals be trending this autumn?
    aim of deploying to quote Casals the only weapon I have at my command my music Whereas the War Requiem demands the highest calibre performers El Pessebre was written to be performed by competent rather than expert forces and Casals conducted it around the world as part of his global peace crusade But classical music is now a fashion industry which means that despite its engaging naivety El Pessebre is forgotten today and not a single biography of its celebrated composer remains in print So Pablo Casals is a rank outsider in the classical music anniversary stakes and despite being world famous for arranging and playing the Catalan folk melody Song of the Birds it is unlikely that he will be trending on Twitter this autumn But regular readers will know that I am a self confessed Casals groupie and that I also prefer to bet on rank outsiders So look out for more about Pablo Casals On An Overgrown Path Note on naming convention In Spanish Casals forename is Pablo in Catalan it is Pau Traditionally he was known as Pablo but the recent rehabilitation of the Catalan language means Pau is now frequently used as in the Perpignan exhibition poster For the sake of consistency I have used Pablo for which I apologise to my Catalan readers 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 Posted by Pliable at Tuesday June 18 2013 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels benjamin britten catalonia Enric Morera Enrique Granados ernest bloch Gaspar Cassadó General Franco Isaac Albéniz Jean Ribière Juli Garreta Lluís Millet Pablo Casals perpignan roberto gerhard 5 comments Frank H Little said I guess that Pau is the forename Casals was brought up with and that Pablo is the Castilian Spanish version 10 39 am The Wound Dresser said Bob I think of Pau Casals as being a giant of the century not just musically that Casals is thought of as a reactionary musically I reckon and none of his bio s are in print is so damned sad as to leave me stunned and speechless 5 18 pm Pliable said TWD yes the neglect of Pau Casals is sad but true When I was preparing this post I put the search term Casals anniversary 2013 and variations thereof into Google to see if there were any noteworthy events to report As of today the first hit for that search is my post from last year pointing out that Casals has an anniversary in 2013 5 23 pm The Wound Dresser said we live in strange weird times 5 27 pm Ranapipiens said A viewpoint from a specialist In an interview a few years ago János Starker said My first hero was Casals I cannot speak of Casals in terms of how contemporary

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Black conductor appointed at leading orchestra
    Cadenhead said I first saw Henry Lewis was with the LA Phil when his wife Marilyn Horne was still a soprano James DePriest just died in February and the very talented Kwamé Ryan conducts the orchestra in Bordeaux There is also Thomas Wilkins who has an active career and possibly the most talented of them all Calvin Simmons His passion and ability to engage the orchestra made him destined for great things He died at an early age in a boating accident 11 13 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 New music from beneath the sands of Egypt Artistic director takes public stand against dumbi How new classical music audiences are seeing the l Excuse me but you are treading on an MP3 file What we need is a classical chart for challenging How classical music reached half a million young p Classical music must quit the shallows for deeper Will Pablo Casals be trending this autumn Research proves audiences become what they listen Black conductor appointed at leading orchestra Classical music may not be not elitist but its pri Musicians honoured in new museum of exile Britten pacifism and mistaken identity What would you do if your homeland was invaded We just try to charge a

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  • On An Overgrown Path: New music from beneath the sands of Egypt
    darboukas tablas and quanoun are joined sparingly by guitar violin and keyboards On Between the Nile and the Ganges he is joined by Nepalese sitar player Narendra Bataju who was a pupil of Ravi Shakar and two percussionists in a fifty four minute dialogue between oud and sitar based on Indian ragas King s Valley on the French Kardum label has limited availability while Between the Nile and the Ganges which I particularly recommend is readily available from the admirable I nstitut du Monde Arabe label sample it here Donald Ryan laments the absence of reconstructed pharaonic funeral dirges however the sacred music of the Copts is thought to date back to the same time read about it in The primordial sounds of a 5000 year old gospel choir On An Overgrown Path is going underground in the King s Valley and elsewhere in Egypt so will be off air for a while see you soon Also on Facebook and Twitter No review samples were used in the preparation of this post 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 Posted by Pliable at Monday June 24 2013 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Copts egypt Hussein El Masry l institut du monde arabe Narendra Bataju ravi shankar 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 New music from beneath the sands of Egypt Artistic director takes public stand against dumbi How new classical music audiences are seeing the l Excuse me but you are treading on an MP3 file What we need is a classical chart for challenging How classical music reached half a million young p Classical music must quit the shallows for deeper Will Pablo Casals be trending this autumn Research proves audiences become what they listen Black conductor appointed at leading orchestra Classical music may not be not elitist but its pri Musicians honoured in new museum of exile Britten pacifism and mistaken identity What would you do if your homeland was invaded We just try to charge a fair price and we pay our She sang for those about to be executed Five tips on how to survive a music festival One of classical music s great overlooked achievem The primordial sounds of a 5000 year old gospel ch Exclusive the truth

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