Music that matters in the 21st century
A recent post about Warner's re-issue of André Previn conducting the three great Tchaikovsky ballets generated much interest. So now I am highlighting another Warner reissue well worth seeking out. Daniel Barenboim's account with the English Chamber Orchestra of Mozart's piano concertos was originally recorded by EMI in Studio 1 Abbey Road with Suvi Raj Grubb as producer, and the transfer onto 10 CDs is now an astonishing bargain at sub-budget price. The recordings were made in the late 1960s and early 1970s long before Brand Barenboim became classical music's equivalent of Brand Beckham. So this is music and music making that speaks directly to our times without gratuitous intermediation. Any reader still in doubt as to Norman Lebrecht's credentials as a cultural commentator is referred to his legendary 2005 appreciation of Mozart. Norman's laudation can be read via this link and his concluding paragraph is extracted below.
Mozart is a menace to musical progress, a relic of rituals that were losing relevance in his own time and are meaningless to ours. Beyond a superficial beauty and structural certainty, Mozart has nothing to give to mind or spirit in the 21st century. Let him rest. Ignore the commercial onslaught. Play the Leningrad Symphony. Listen to music that matters.No review samples used in this post. Any copyrighted material is included as "fair use" for critical analysis, and will be removed at the request of copyright owner(s). Reluctantly also on Facebook and Twitter.