Sunday, August 14, 2011

If it ain't Baroque, don't fix it

'When you think about it, the classics have always rebounded because of advancement in aesthetic conceptions. In his time, Karajan’s legato was a controversial novelty, same for “objective” readings by the likes of Boulez (and before him Klemperer ?) …

The equivalent for these days should be baroque players but I feel that there is a difference in their contribution. Most of the players are very very dogmatic and tend to apply their principles too much beyond baroque composers. Interpretation is subordinated to strict adherence to certain performance principles, no vibrato (glassy string sound …) , fast tempi with lots of rubato, … Baroque contribution should have been a more theatrical feeling to instrumental music or certain different harmonies and inner voices, not what we have. These days, the Berlin Phiharmonic and others are just trying to mimic baroque practices. This just does not make any sense.'
I was reminded of that contribution by Antoine Leboyer to my October 2010 post Just trying to mimic Baroque practices by Nigel Kennedy's Guardian interview. Or as another contributor wrote here recently, Specialisation is damaging classical music.

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