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  • On An Overgrown Path: Aquarelle for the end of time
    in Stalag 1B As is well known Olivier Messiaen was captured while serving as a medical auxiliary in the French Army and the Quartet for the End of Time was composed in Stalag V111 A a prison camp also located in what is now Poland Simon s aquarelle is dated 1940 41 while Messiaen s quartet was given its first performance in Stalag VIII A in January 1941 Although the two camps were three hundred miles apart the coincidence is startling or maybe it is not a coincidence France prefers to celebrate the folkloric elements of its past rather than the les années noires of 1940 45 and to my knowledge the connection between Henry Simon s prison camp painting and Messiaen s quartet has not been made before The admirable Espace Henry Simon in Saint Glles which was created from the artist s derelict studio and is managed by his daughter Monique Simon sells reproductions of his paintings but they do not include the sombre Le violinist au camp However when I expressed interest in the watercolour Ms Simon undertook to reproduce it and I thank her for her co operation The copyright lies with the artist s estate and the image above has been slightly cropped interest in commercial reproduction should be directed to Monique Simon Elsewhere I ask Was Olivier Messiaen part of the Vichy myth Also on Facebook and Twitter Please respect the copyright of the reproduced Henry Simon painting Report broken links missing images and errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Thursday November 01 2012 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Henry Simon olivier messiaen Saint Gilles Croix de Vie vichy 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 Does classical music really need an acceptable fac Don t try this on your Kindle Dangerous people who make our problems insoluble Why let the facts get in the way of a good industr Is debate about Britten s boys censorious hysteri Nobody owns a dead composer JSB on LSD Stormy weather forecast for Britten anniversary For Saint Cecilia The very short viola in my life Condescending classics do not attract new audien Seal symphony Contemporary reboot of a radio classic Classical music must return to its esoteric roots Raga a good bargain Ghetto

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Are classical music journalists above criticism?
    Conductor Paul Hoskins tweets Interesting If anyone wants to pay me 62K I ll be happy to declare it Can t see a British arts org having that much money Paul don t forget that the BBC is a British arts org I wonder how much it pays Norman Lebrecht and Tom Service a year This post was sparked by a comment left by a reader who is also a high profile blogger on my recent post about the Vienna New Year s day concert The reader took exception to my criticism of the BBC coverage of the Vienna concert but omitted to volunteer the information that he had been paid by the BBC as one of the presenters of the previous year s concert His relationship with the BBC does not exclude him from commenting But it is certainly material given the context of his comment 2 39 pm Gavin Plumley said Glad to have provoked further debate I didn t think my 5 minutes of air time on the radio version of a previous broadcast merited comment for one thing those sorts of opening gambits can appear like bragging Before I comment on this let me tell you all that I once met Ian Bostridge and thought he was a delightful chap but etc You are right that impartiality is increasingly difficult Particularly if you like me write for a number of institutions across Britain and elsewhere I wanted to respond with an example from my own blog which plays both sides As you may have seen December was dedicated to The Nutcracker on my site Although written off my own bat I was an outspoken advocate for the Royal Ballet s production I wrote about it in a national newspaper and used the company s images with permission throughout the month I ve written programme notes for the ROH three times this season and given pre performance talks But it didn t prevent me from criticising one of the central fixtures of the company s repertoire http entartetemusik blogspot com 2011 11 oliver messel show html Recently I understand an esteemed musician recently refused to be interviewed by me because I had written two negative responses to their recent recordings on the blog both CDs of which had been sent to me free of charge not always the case And you ll note that there are a number of not so positive reviews on my blog about the very BBC orchestras you have seen fit to praise Ultimately it s a matter of measuring one s tone as well as speaking out And yet we shouldn t have to put ourselves in the position of stealing our own thunder As primarily independent commentators particularly within your recent series of articles we can say what others can t You are far and away the best at doing that if sometimes I think you go too far Still the posts on your blog I most admire and have re

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  • On An Overgrown Path: El Sistema has more than one meaning
    this story another post from 2009 is worth a read http www overgrownpath com 2009 01 bbc artists are blooming in picardy html 2 46 pm Zwölftöner said What the feature byline does not explain is that one of her other roles is writing promotional material for artist agent Askonas Holt Oh dear 7 59 pm Zwölftöner said To follow up Mahler s Third Symphony is not a piece to be trifled with though Bychkov s performance was anything but a trifle Nothing was sensationalist or pandered to neurosis The orchestra was allowed to inhale and exhale with the last three movements emerging as one magnificent ascent to glory This is not a review of course But I would interested to know exactly what payments and from whom the writer of this is receiving to report in such glowing terms a concert which received mixed reviews elsewhere Say the improbable were to arise i e Franz Welser Möst invite me to accompany him to Wiener Staatsoper rehearsals and auditions well I can safely write here that this would never be offered on a paid basis but if otherwise then I would at least make some tongue in cheek remark about my critical independence Similar clarity in this Bychkov case would be highly interesting 8 39 pm Pliable said I have invited Gavin Plumley who wrote those words about Semyon Bychkov s Mahler 3 on his personal blog to respond to the comment above http entartetemusik blogspot co uk 2012 04 stalking semyon week 2 html 9 04 pm Gavin Plumley said I have not and will not be receiving payment for the Stalking Semyon project I think that Bychkov is an engaging artist and the opportunity to observe him working with the LSO at the Royal Opera House and finally at the Royal Academy was enticing enough While my blog is an adjunct to and to some extent a shop window for my paid freelance work the site itself generates no money other than minimal Amazon associate link revenue 1 13 am Zwölftöner said Thanks for the clarification I find it is not always clear in your posts what is being packaged for the shop window You refer from time to time to liner notes you write but not in the body of your CD reviews I don t have a problem with the reviewing per se but feel that any involvement with the project should be noted here as a matter of course and particularly when it is an ongoing commercial relationship Which I believe your Schubert Padmore notes are This B H case is more egregious but the problem is the same Let s presume that we can find her declaration of interest on a register somewhere but what use is that Her AH interest should be declared in each and every article she pens about an AH client 12 19 pm Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Classical music is all about nuance
    and so it doesn t seem to me at all unusual that Collon and Ticciati should be foregrounded in this context just as I wouldn t expect to see my name or a list of our trustees mentioned in the orchestra s biography when it appears in a concert programme Hope this clears things up For what it s worth and for the avoidance of doubt this is intended constructively rather than with any bitterness given this thread s focus on transparency accuracy high journalistic standards etc mightn t it have been worth dropping me a line before publication to do a bit of fact checking I d much rather have the opportunity to put the orchestra s side rather than let an unknown poster have a go for me in an anonymous comment invective laden or otherwise Best wishes John Harte General Manager Aurora Orchestra 9 14 am Pliable said John thank you for this clarification which now makes the situation clear I appreciate your additional comments and would respond as follows Clemency Burton Hill has chosen to promote herself as a media figure she is not a reclusive artist who has become the subject of unwanted media attention Therefore people are going to scrutinise what she says about herself in the media Sadly it appears some of her use of the media eg the Independent Dudamel article which sparked this thread has been disingenuous Inevitably this disingenuity has prompted closer scrutiny of her media presence Remember that my post relayed an observation by a third party on the Radio 3 Forum it was not me that highlighted the contradictory statements I understand your point that the biography on the Aurora website seems to me to give about the right level of detail But the result is a disconnect Ms Burton Hill believes it is relevant to promote herself as a co founder of the orchestra whereas Aurora does not People close to the orchestra may understand this whereas people at a distance like me may not On the subject of checking with you before running the story yes in an ideal world I should have done so and I believe that in your case I would have received a prompt and honest response But that would have been the exception because most of those requests for information or clarification with a few notable exceptions are simply ignored not even acknowledged This is presumably because I am one of the few voices in classical music that actually speaks freely rather than toeing the establishment line It is interesting how members of the classical music establishment have immediately weighed in to clarify the definition of an orchestra co founder one with considerable belligerence But not a single one has weighed in on whether an independent music journalist and media presenter should also have links with a leading artist agency Just as they have not weighed in on the subject of sponsorship from ethically compromised companies on orchestra tours to China

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  • On An Overgrown Path: A tale of two shipwrecks
    relevant to the current Titanic junketing Let us allow history to help us gain a better understanding of our origins and tragedies of our conflicts and our hopes My Photoshop free header photo is the product of chance or is it Late last year I was photographing the padlocks left as contemporary votive offerings on the bridge over the Seine near the Quai d Orsay in Paris As I pressed the shutter a military inflatable burst into shot At the time I did not know that the sea of death would be one of the themes of Mare Nostrum which was released that week Nor did I know that the day I was taking the photo November 23 2011 was the day that Montserrat Figueras passed away More on oppression in North Africa here For a lighter take on the Titanic junketing follow this link Also on Facebook and Twitter Header photo is c On An Overgrown Path 2012 Mare Nostrum was bought from Prelude Records Report broken links missing images and errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Friday April 13 2012 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels jordi savall libya montserrat figueras Titanic 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 Figures in a creche can t sing twelve tone music Britten s passion for the East Is Kylie Minogue really headlining the Proms Wagner s sonic dream Is there life after The Huffington Post Glorious Gregorian chant but is the price right The Pre Packaged Symphony Temptation and indulgence at the BBC Proms There are fairies at the bottom of the music Loads of preconceptions about classical music Will this attract young audiences discuss If Fair Trade works elsewhere why not in music Classical music behaving badly The strange voyage of a brilliant musician Classical music is all about nuance El Sistema has more than one meaning A tale of two shipwrecks For those in peril in the audience Classical music with added theatre Classical music celebrates a 109m bonus You say Vengerov I say Schuyler Nothing stands in the way of social media A vintage soundtrack for blasphemy and heresy And so we give God the form we understand Does classical

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Figures in a creche can't sing twelve-tone music
    Catalunya engineered incidentally by Mike Clements aka Mr Bear is currently out of the catalogue However Casals own recording is available as an MP3 download 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 Monday April 30 2012 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels catalonia catharism joan alvadera jordi savall krishnamurti ng Montserrat Figueras Pablo Casals Raimon Pannikar salvador dali thomas merton 5 comments Pliable said Can any eagle eyed reader identify the transcultural architecture in the lower image on the cover of El Pessebre I don t think it is the Great Mosque Cathedral in Cordoba Is it perhaps the monastery of Sant Cugat del Vallès in Barcelona the CD was recorded in the Cultural Centre of Sant Cugat del Vallès While I make no claim that El Pessebre is a masterpiece it is certainly one that meets the currently fashionable criteria of accessible So why isn t it heard performed more Perhaps because of the Catalan libretto 10 36 am billoo said Pretty sure it isn t Cordoba the design the pillar with the blue and white like a piece of delicious rock can t be Islamic can it Khair have a safe trip Bob and bring back lots of good music for us all salams b 1 02 pm Lyle Sanford RMT said Wishing you safe travels interesting paths and a safe return 1 21 pm Ranapipiens said Transcultural I don t know modernista without a doubt Those columns are on the balcony above the entrance to the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona The building is mind blowingly beautiful and certainly worth a visit The columns and other photos http mosaicartsource wordpress com 2007 01 08 mosaics of the palau de la musica catalana barcelona spain Information http en wikipedia org wiki Palau de la M C3 BAsica Catalana If you take in a concert a seat in the second floor stalls can be pretty amazing http barcelona arounder com en theatre palau de la musica catalana palau de la musica catalana 2nd floor stalls html Bon viatge 5 56 pm Pliable said Ranapipiens thanks for that There is no problem that can defeat the Overgrown Path readers For other readers it is worth visiting the blog that Ranapipiens co authors http meetinginmusic blogspot co uk 6 12 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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  • On An Overgrown Path: Britten's passion for the East
    the people I certainly don t like the way they look the Yellow races look very strange suspicious whereas the Brown the Indians or Indonesians look touching sympathetic can be very beautiful and judging by the difficulty Peter I had in getting our visas they don t like me any more than I like them But charges of musical colonialism do not stand close scrutiny In 1958 the Aldeburgh Festival included a pioneering recital by Ustad Vilayat Khan sitar Nikhil Ghosh tabla and Ayana Deva Angadi tamboura in a programme of ragas coupled with traditional Indian dance by Srimati Rita Unlikely paths cross here as the Aldeburgh concert was promoted by the Asian Music Circle which was formed in 1953 by the tamboua player at the recital Ayana Deva Angadi who was also a political activist George Harrison was taught to play the sitar by members of the Asian Music Circle and in September 1966 Harrison first met Ravi Shankar at the London house of Ayana Deva Angadi In 1965 there was a further recital of Indian music at Aldeburgh and in the same year Britten returned to the sub continent for an extended holiday on the orders of his doctor but the trip did not have the same creative impact on the ailing composer as his visit ten years earlier Britten s passion for Indian music was also undoubtedly influenced by Imogen Holst who worked closely with him during this period As recounted in an earlier post in 1951 Imogen Holst had spent two months studying the folk music of India and teaching at Rabindrath Tagore s Santiniketan University in West Bengal Above is a photo which appears in Britten and the Far East In the book it is given the deadpan title Britten s tour party in Balinese costume 20 January 1956 but it also speaks eloquently of the two themes that dominate this post However although contextualisation is important it must not subordinate the music The homoerotic and colonial aspects of Britten s passion for the Far East provide valuable context but they must also be kept in perspective His visits to Bali and Japan took place in 1955 6 when Britain was still a colonial power and attitudes to yellow and brown races were very different But in 1960 Harold Macmillan made his famous Wind of Change of speech which accelerated the process of decolonisation and the same wind of change also blew across the Snape marshes This year as the Britten centenary approaches it brings Jordi Savall s transcultural celebration Mare Nostrum to the Aldeburgh Festival on June 23 Thankfully what could seem strange and suspicious decades ago is now touching sympathetic and very beautiful Britten centenary news in May the beta version of a Britten 100 website will go live and music organisations are being invited to share news of their own centenary events The website will feature a database that will be the central clearing house for information about performances during the centenary

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Is Kylie Minogue really headlining the Proms?
    Park I am among what I suspect is the small number of Overgrown Path readers who have seen her live NEC Glasgow 1988 and very good she was too And let s not forget classical music s silly conventions have been robustly challenged on this blog But I am concerned about backdoor repositioning of the Proms brand Yes these headlines raise awareness of the main Proms But when Sun readers buy tickets for an Albert Hall Prom will they expect Kylie style music And will the BBC respond by giving them Kylie style music at the expense of mainstream classical because to quote the mantra of our times that is what the audience wants remember we already have musicals in the main season Is the repositioning of the core BBC Proms brand inevitable and irreversible Are these headlines really premonitions Will Kylie next be headlining the BBC Proms but not in the park Answers please by post written on programmes from the 1970 Prom featuring Robert Wyatt and Soft Machine 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 Saturday April 28 2012 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels 2012 BBC Proms bbc proms in the park kylie minogue robert wyatt soft machine 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 Figures in a creche can t sing twelve tone music Britten s passion for the East Is Kylie Minogue really headlining the Proms Wagner s sonic dream Is there life after The Huffington Post Glorious Gregorian chant but is the price right The Pre Packaged Symphony Temptation and indulgence at the BBC Proms There are fairies at the bottom of the music Loads of preconceptions about classical music Will this attract young audiences discuss If Fair Trade works elsewhere why not in music Classical music behaving badly The strange voyage of a brilliant musician Classical music is all about nuance El Sistema has more than one meaning A tale of two shipwrecks For

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