Monthly Archives: June 2012

oh great, more vivaldi. great.

It’s worse that Stravinsky reckoned. Vivaldi did not, he quipped, write 500 concertos but the same concerto 500 times. And even that one, he somehow forgot to add (or maybe he didn’t), is shit. The trouble is, people will insist on … Continue reading

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want to know what an orchestra really sounds like?

There’s at least one moment in every concert when the audience gets to hear what an orchestra sounds like in the raw. Before the muscle and bone of music is added, before the brain takes charge and puts things in order. … Continue reading

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Lubberly jubilee

When it emerged, back in February, that music would be a central part of the river pageant celebrations for the queen’s diamond jubilee, it looked rather appealing. Various ‘music herald barges’ would parp stuff out to the throngs on the … Continue reading

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