Monday, November 12, 2007
World Requiem - giving the poor thing a chance
A poorly Jessica Duchen writes this morning about John Fould's World Requiem - Tragic but true: after all that fuss, the piece didn't float my boat. It wouldn't, of course - I am allergic to much of the English choral tradition and to most concert requiems, and it possessed the qualities I'm least comfortable with in both. Still, it seemed worth giving the poor thing a chance. Perhaps it was bound to disappoint after the massive build-up we all gave it (except for Pliable, who saw this coming a mile off. Chapeau, mon ami. I stand by my insistence that it should be heard before being slagged off, but now it's fair game).
Jessica, thank you. You are a lady, and I value debate above everything else. Incidentally, I had heard the choir rehearsal sequences before posting the Peter J. Pirie quote. But having listened to the BBC Radio 3 broadcast last night I fear that the critics will be less kind than you or Peter Pirie. Get well soon.
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