I mean a REAL performance where routine is traded for risk...


Yesterday's post about the Earthquake Mass at the Aldeburgh Festival is, quite understandably, creating a big social media buzz. Above is a photo of what was a REAL performance - a one-off where routine is traded for risk and the musicians become players in a drama. Exaudi's director James Weeks has already become a victim of the earthquake and one of his singers can be seen leaving the stage having reached the point where his part in Brumel's score has rotted away, while Russell Haswell is crouching to the right creating his apocalyptic electronic noise. Will the next seismic shift in classical music be a late night Earthquake Mass at the 2015 BBC Proms?

Also on Facebook and Twitter. Photo via Aldeburgh Music. My ticket for the Earthquake Mass was bought at the box office. Any copyrighted material is included for critical analysis only, and will be removed at the request of copyright owner(s).

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