Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Twit quote of the week

'Britten was a twit but, man, could he write music' from Jerry Bowles' post on Sequenza21 which links Beirut and Benjamin Britten's War Requiem - now that's an original idea.

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3 comments:

Pliable said...

Nice comment from Garth Trinkl over on the original twit post at Sequenza21.

'Jerry probably meant (charitably) that Britten was a Brit...'

sfmike said...

Dear Pliable: Just curious. What was your favorite live performance of the "War Requiem"? When the tricky piece comes together right, it's just about miraculous.

Pliable said...

sfmike - a very interesting question.

To really work for me the War Requiem needs to be a performamce event in a suitable venue. After all it was written to be performed in a cathedral. I often find conventional concert hall performances a bit sterile.

Colin Davis' 2004 Proms performance was very fine - appropriate venue for the forces, a wonderful conductor, and an electric atmosphere. But I have also heard fine performances outside London in venues such as Ely Cathedral using semi-professional forces.