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  • On An Overgrown Path: Unblocking classical music's arteries
    making only happens when creative energy can flow freely between composer performer and listener Yet almost all of the current efforts to reach new audiences involve building the very barriers that block the vital energy flow Classical music does not need a celebrity culture it does not need inane presentation it does not need to be markeketed like cornflakes by PR agencies it does not need note perfect performances it does not need national flags on the platform and it does not need the other brands of consultant created snake oil currently doing the rounds What it desperately needs is for the energy to start flowing again from composer to performer and listener But that can only happen after all the middle feeders and other crap currently blocking classical music s arteries have been flushed out As the Suffolk Youth Orchestra proved so convincingly last night This post is available via Twitter overgrownpath Header photo shows the Suffolk Youth Orchestra at Snape but not at yesterday s concert and is via Aldeburgh Music Our 6 tickets for the Snape Prom were bought at the box office 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 Wednesday August 04 2010 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels benjamin britten mstislav rostropovich philip shaw sergei rachmaninov snape maltings suffolk youth orchestra 1 comment Pliable said Some very high profile conductors could learn a thing or two from Philip Shaw Such as After the quite stunning Rachmaninov he did not attempt a crowd pleasing encore The SYO s playing of the symphony spoke for itself Nothing more was needed and nothing more was offered Despite the demands of the 15 minute Adagio on the young players he moved straight into the final Allegro vivace with scarcely a pause thereby maintaining the momentum and sweep of the symphony Bravo 6 03 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Classical music has many saviours
    who have worked tirelessly over the years to bring music to the people just a few of who are mentioned here And we should not forget that although youth no longer features in the name of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela it still does in that of many outstanding British orchestras Also on Facebook and Twitter Header image is c On An Overgrown Path 2012 Any other 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 Wednesday February 15 2012 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels alexander mackenzie bbc scottish symphony bryden thomson gustavo dudamel john cage jonathan harvey royal scottish national orchestra simon bolivar symphony orchestra sistema scotland 4 comments Philip Amos said I thought this a lovely and vital post Bob Thank you The heading brought to mind something I came across a few days ago by chance This is on a minor scale compared with the programmes you discuss but it seemed to me to have merit more than one might think at first blush I was looking in the NML for C P E Bach s keyboard sonatas and decided to try a pianist name Ana Marija Markovina I was very impressed and so looked at her website Now here was something different Without a hint of PR hype she is making a nice career largely in Europe but she is also working with Professor Helmut Reuter at the Institute of Psychology and Cognitive Science at the U of Bremen A book in the works is on the neuro psychological importance of learning an instrument as an adult Something of Oliver Sacks something of Brendel here rather than blurbs bosoms and blether I m not surprised also that Badura Skoda one of her teachers holds her in such esteem Anyway with Reuter she has been exploring the cultural psychological significance of works in the spirit of their time and out of this come recitals with rubrics such as Nights of Romance and Irony and Russian Soul Both Markovina and Reuter feel that this approach will open to the public a new mode of musical understanding and the rubrics may be intriguing enough to attract the attention of those who otherwise might little think of attending concerts though Russian Soul needs to be changed to something a little less Victor Hochhauser A small thing perhaps but it all adds up and we need everything good and serious we can get in this cause 12 23 pm JMW said If ever there was an understatement about the condition of music today it is yours that classical music has many saviors Thank you for pointing us yet again toward that which should be obvious to even the most casual

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Music on the other side of the great celebrity divide
    The bridging of the divide between professionals and amateurs seen in these photos is a wonderful thing to behold For these children at least high level music is something they ve experienced in a personal informal way and not something confined to special places far away from their daily lives Good of you to involve yourself in the program and with them It makes a difference you re actually doing something and not just writing about a problem and talking about what other people should do Kudos 8 57 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 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 excited about the wrong things Aldeburgh s poignant song without words A Swiss born female Lawrence in man drag Brass bands and Xenakis are

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Postcards from a forgotten concentration camp
    Rosemary Bailey is incidentally the wife of the biographer of Allen Ginsberg and others Barry Miles One of the many points made in Rosemary Bailey s excellent book is the vital role that the Quakers played in helping the Republican refugees and in particular the work of two English Quakers Edith Pye and Hilda Clark who were partners in action and in their private life The pacifist role of the Quakers deserves another path Regular readers will know the coda to this post Soon after these photos were taken like so many Republican refugees I was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Perpignan At times conditions in the Clinique Médipôle Saint Roch à Cabestany Perpignan resembled a 1939 concentration camp But I have now almost completely recovered and undaunted we will be back in Catalonia in May Related resources include In search of Pablo Casals Are authentic performances a silly convention The magic mountain and A musician is also a man Also on Facebook and Twitter All photos are c On An Overgrown Path 2012 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 Monday February 13 2012 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Argeles sur Mer catalonia jordi savall Lluis Companys Pablo Casals perpignan Vichy France 2 comments Philip Amos said I can assure you Bob that those French skeletons have been out of their cupboards for quite some time There has been a spate of excellent academic works very accessible to the general reader and variously available in public libraries on Vichy France including the role of the Catholic Church It altogether paints a very grim picture indeed At this very time I wish the same would be done re the roles of Slovakia and Hungary in the Holocaust The literature her is substantial but there aspects that require emphasis and broadcasting The President of Slovakia from 1939 to 1942 and thereafter vodca or fuhrer was Father Jozef Tiso So rabid was he in his desire to ship Jews out of the Slovak state that he managed to irritate Eichmann by rounding them up faster than transport could be arranged He was hanged in 1947 I suppose one has to say that Hungary has a better record in that Jews and Roma were not turned upon until 1944 The Horthy regime s reluctance I attribute in good part to its desire to keep one foot in each camp i e its intent upon maintaining some measure of cordiality with the Allies But in 1944 the national socialist Arrow Cross Party seized power and Jews and Roma were either slaughtered on the spot or transported Now this and the Slovakian story are less well known I suspect than that

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  • On An Overgrown Path: What sparked the Mahler revival?
    production coming to the Wolsey Theatre Souvenir d Anne Frank includes a live performance of the Piano Trio for Anne Frank by Colin Decio http www ensemble online com souvenir d anne frank php http www colindecio com default aspx 10 08 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 excited about the wrong things Aldeburgh s poignant song without words A Swiss born female Lawrence in man drag Brass bands and Xenakis are not a crazy mix Salvation Army band plays Xenakis Now where did he put that Rumi CD Music on the other side of the great celebrity div Classical music has many saviours Postcards from a forgotten concentration camp Unfortunately there are no complimentary tickets We have the

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Wine, women and Buddhism
    many times and his support was instrumental in its expansion from a study centre to a Temple The Buddhist ambiance appealed to him because as the novelist s biographer Gordon Bowker explains the ghost of Original Sin it seemed had been thoroughly exorcised by these gentle people In his last years Durrell said I think I m more a Buddhist than I would have believed It s the only religion that s demonstrable It s as honest as ice cream In 1986 the four times married Durrell and his final companion Françoise Kestman celebrated a Buddhist wedding at the Temple helped by a consecrated bottle of local wine Soon after Durrell died in 1990 a Buddhist lama reported that he was already reincarnated and living as the proprietor of a vineyard in Burgundy The Lawrence Durrell centenary website is here French contemporary composer Eliane Radique has made settings of Milarepa s poems for voice and electronics My photo of Dashang Temple of a Thousand Buddhas originally appeared in a post about Jonathan Harvey s String Quartet s Buddhist chants meet El Sistema in the Mantra Mountain project Also on Facebook and Twitter Photos are c On An Overgrown Path 2012 Report broken links missing images and errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Monday February 27 2012 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels buddhism Dashang Kagyu Ling Temple des Milles Bouddhas gnosticism jacques lacarriere lawrence durrell Milarepa 1 comment Lyle Sanford RMT said What a great story had no idea of the Durrell interest in Milarepa and Buddhism And thanks for the mention of Mantra Mountain there at the end 1 56 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 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 excited about the wrong things Aldeburgh s poignant song without words A Swiss born female Lawrence in man drag Brass bands and Xenakis are not a crazy mix

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Breaking - exclusive on the Oscar winners
    via this link Oscar Hernandez is the New York based founder music director and pianist for the Spanish Harlem Orchestra who received a Grammy Award nomination in 2002 for best salsa album Biography via this link Oscar Macchioni is an Argentinian pianist who teaches at the University of Texas His concert repertoire includes Antonio Soler Heitor Villa Lobos Astor Piazzolla Alberto Ginastera Carlos Guastavin o and Castro Personal websire via this link Oscar Shumsky left was an American violinist born in Philadelphia He taught at Curtis Insitute and Yale University after serving in the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Toscanini His classic recordings include Ysaye s Solo Sonatas He was first violin of the Primrose string quartet Biography via this link Oskar Kokoschka yes I know but the Oscars are noted for their self indulgence was the expressionist painter who provided a libretto for an opera by Ernst Krenek whose story is told in Multicultural multimedia and banned This post originally appeared in 2007 but I thought it worth repeating I have checked and updated the main links but apologise if any others are broken if so let me know Also please add missing Oscar or Oskar winners using the Comments facility 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 Monday February 27 2012 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels oscar shumsky oscar stranoy oscar straus oscar van dillen oscars oskar kokoschka 2 comments JMW said Oscar Levant http en wikipedia org wiki Oscar Levant 4 51 pm Pliable said Email received I have some Oscars whom you missed Oscar Hammerstein the opera impresario among other things Oscar Hammerstein II the moving force behind so many classic American musicals and Oskar Fried the fabled conductor responsible for my favorite account of the Symphonie Fantastique rotten recording quality notwithstanding DRH 2 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 What sparked the Mahler revival Is dumbing up classical music s next big thing Wine women

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  • On An Overgrown Path: If that is what classical music is, it's really grim
    New York concert But http www overgrownpath com 2010 08 may i say word about andre rieu html 10 04 pm Pliable said Email received Pekka Kuusisto performed unforgettably in our drafty local community hall in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales As well as accompanying a young student he played with a Sydney quartet Aulis Sallinen s Some Aspects of Peltoniemi Hintrik s Funeral March His generosity to the student musician and the eye opening selection and vivacious reading of the Sallinen piece will be remembered Do please return him promptly to Australia Regards and thanks for your blog Ross Chambers Blue Mountains New South Wales 7 12 am Susan Scheid said Well interesting what Pliable pulled up from an earlier post over here I ll have to say I m not persuaded though that Rieu offers something worthwhile for those for whom more sophisticated classical music stays out of reach From my own experience I d say outstanding classical music is within everyone s reach All that s needed is to reach out to it I just went to another free concert last night all young composers premiering new pieces It was thrilling To my mind that s what we should all be encouraging Rieu on the other hand is just another version of Marx s opiate no substitute for the real thing 2 48 am Susan Scheid said So of course you ve got me thinking further At the risk of taking up more than my share of the airwaves here may I add I do have a bit the zeal of a convert I m not a musician knew only a smattering of classical music and next to nothing about today s classical music Then just by happenstance I got hold of a piece of music I loved every time I heard it Mapping Wales by John Metcalf I wrote to tell him how much I loved it then when we took a trip to Wales he out of the blue invited us for a cup of tea He was so welcoming we sat there for two hours and had a conversation about music he talking over our heads a good bit of the time but never making us feel that way I left wanting to find out everything I could and the more I do the more I find that s simply beautiful so worthy of support and so at risk Rieu it seems to me has just come up with a great way of making money for himself t was ever thus I know but I just wish we would all try be curious discover The In Harmony project you report on working with the young people of Norwich is a magical example of what can be accomplished 3 28 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

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