Wednesday, March 22, 2006

A line has been drawn in the sand ...

... by Terry Teachout: "I do solemnly swear that I will never again review a new recording of the complete Brandenburg Concertos." Read: Too many interpretations?

Terry wants more performances of "the accessible, attractive music of our time," and I have no problem with that. But I have noticed that one of the problems many people have with contemporrary classical music is that they are not acquainted with the accessible attractive music of the 20th century. If you haven't grown used to William Walton or Ned Rorem you won't get far with James MacMillan. There are plenty of people around who are not used to listening to middle-period Stravinsky.

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