Friday, June 02, 2006

Eno is enough

There is contemporary music, there is challenging music, and there is bad music. I hate to be negative about new music, but in my humble view the Brian Eno choral works in last night's Radio 3 broadcast from the Bath Festival fell into the latter category. I have considerable admiration for the innovative approach of the Festival's new director Joanna MacGregor (left). But her decision to segue Eno's new work August 1914 into Tallis' Spem in alium at the end of the concert made as much sense as mixing Glenfiddich single malt whisky with Pepsi-Cola.

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