Thursday, February 14, 2013

Truth is never in our homes but in some distant place

We are an old people; we wander in search for everything in far off places when it is so close to us. Beauty is ever there, never here, truth is never in our homes but in some distant place. We go to the other side of the world to find the master, and we are not aware of the servant; we do not understand the common things of life, the everyday struggles and joys and yet we attempt to grasp the mysterious and the hidden.
That cautionary teaching by Krishnamurti is relevant to classical music’s increasingly frantic search for truth in distant places where entertainment is master. My soundtrack is José Miguel Moreno’s recent recording of music for the eleven course lute by the German composer David Kellner, a little-known contemporary of J.S. Bach. Despite Kellner’s beguiling melodies coming tantalizingly close to instant gratification, it is unlikely that this album from Spanish independent label Glossa will be Sinfini CD of the week or win a Grammy. However, with average track timings of around four minutes these pieces can - like Sven Helbig's Pocket Symphonies - be listened to on the journey between underground stations. We wander in search for everything in far off places when it is so close to us...

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1 comment:

Philip Amos said...

"Music moves us across centuries and continents without ever leaving our chairs. Today I have stood in the huge quietness of Solemnes, circled the glittering ballrooms of Vienna, walked in Pepys' Whitehall, careered about the room in the exuberance of a Victorian polka."