Different tempo but the music continues

'The pause is as important as the note' ~ Truman Fisher

We start a summer of travelling tomorrow with a flight to Morocco, so the tempo of posting will slow markedly. While I'm away do read other great music blogs here, but why not escape the tyranny of league tables and explore the long tail of music blogs over here? But don't forget the music continues on my Future Radio programme at 5.00pm UK time every Sunday with a repeat at 12.50am on Monday morning. Here is the forward schedule which starts on April 20 with two modern composers who between them do not have a single note of their music in the 2008 BBC Proms season.

April 20 Unique British voices - Peter Maxwell Davies Missa Parvula sung by Choir of Westminster Cathedral; Edmund Rubbra Symphony No 6 played by Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Norman del Mar. (Nice Max connection as I took the photo of the Japanese garden at Dartington Hall where he was a fixture at the Summer School for many years).

April 27 Bach and beyond - J.S. Bach Sonata No. 1 in G minor played by Mark Lubotsky; Eugène Ysaÿe Sonata No 2 in A Minor for violin played by Thomas Zehetmair; J.S. Bach Partita No 3 in E major played by Mark Lubotsky.

May 4 Meditations on war - Richard Strauss Metamorphosen in realisation for string septet played by supplemented Brandis Quartet; Benjamin Frankel Violin Concerto, 'In Memory of the Six Million' played by Ulf Hoelscher with Queensland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Werner Andreas Albert.

May 11 Elaborated plainsong - Jacobus de Kerle Missa Pro Defunctis (extracts) sung by Huelgas-Ensemble directed by Paul Van Nevel; James MacMillanVeni, Veni, Emmanuel played by Colin Currie and the Ulster Orchestra conducted by Takuo Yuase.

May 18 Musicians in exile - Bohuslav Martinů Concertino for Piano Trio and String Orchestra played by the Dresden Trio and New Berlin Chamber Orchestra conducted by Martin Fischer-Dieskau; Peter Paul Fuchs Five Miniatures, artists unknown, private recording supplied by Mrs Elissa Fuch; Karl Weigl String Quartet No 5 played by Artis Quartet of Vienna. ITunes podcast of Fuch's Five Miniatures now available for download.

May 25 Vaughan Williams anniversary - Ralph Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs sung by Thomas Allen (baritone), Corydon Singers and English Chamber Orchestra directed by Matthew Best and Symphony No. 4 with Sir Adrian Boult conducting the New Philharmonia Orchestra.


Photo (c) On An Overgrown Path 2008. Report broken links, missing images and errors to - overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk


Pliable said…
Email received:

Subject: RE: Max Taverner photo

Are you sure that photo (top of right side-bar) is from the 1983 production? I reckon Max, and Ted Downes, look too young, and I'm sure it's from the 1972 production.

(Personal connections: I saw the 72 production as a 19-year old fan, both of Max's music and of Munrow's Early Music Consort, who formed the onstage band of period instruments. And in 83, I was a member of that onstage band - then appearing as the Medieval Ensemble of London, though including at least one member, Roger Brenner on alto sackbut, who'd played in 72).

Keep up the good work on OAOP. I'm a dipper-in rather than a regular reader, but I can never avoid being sucked in and spending far more time following fascinating links than I really ought to...

Pliable said…
Jonathan, the caption says it was 1983. But as you were there I would say on the balance of probabilities it is 1972.

Any other views?
Pliable said…
Nice link here:

Rodney Lister said…
I'm pretty sure it's '72. I can't exactly recall, but I think Max wasn't wearing his hair like that in '83.
Henry Holland said…
Pliable, I know you'll sympathize a bit with this, knowing how feel about Auntie Beeb, so I hope you don't mind if I rant a little here.

Last night (Tuesday the 15th) was the premiere of Birtwistle's The Minotaur at the ROH. Why wasn't there a live relay on Radio 3?

I have a stack of the magazine Opera from the late 80's/early 90's that I keep for reference and the articles in the front. In the pink pages in the middle that contained the live listings for the UK and the world for the month, "We Hear That..." and the radio schedules, there were live relays all the time. Now...the BBC does the Met during their season or plays CD's. Yes, rights issues and cost, but still.

I used to drool over the thought that someone taped things like Schreker's Das Spielwerk und die Prinzessin from Wuppertal, but now, it's just sad; mediocre casts singing Il Barbiere da Sevilla, sure, no problem, a major premiere by a major composer last night and....nothing.

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