Serious composer is serious
Roger Norrington is an idiot.
His little to no vibrato reputation precedes him everywhere he goes, from that BBC reality show with celebrities conducting to Stuttgart to the barber where he receives the finest fringe cut I’ve personally ever seen. It seems to me that Norrington is the musical equivalent of being the one senator who believes that dinosaurs are a myth, or that Hurricane Katrina was God’s revenge for homosexuality, or that masturbating is adultery. Continue reading
Whose side are you on?!
There is a lot of evocative music scattered throughout musical history. Some of it is deliberately evocative, like Strauss’ tone poems. A lot of it is not deliberately evocative, but conjures up images that may not be in line with the composers intentions. It’s hard to listen to the Barber Adagio for Strings now without seeing it, at least in part, the way Oliver Stone did.
So it is with Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony. Continue reading