On An Overgrown Path
On An Overgrown Path is a English-speaking blog specialized in the field of classical music and opera. As such, On An Overgrown Path is a qualified source of soclassiq, like Guardian or All the conducting master class and many others. The oldest article indexed by soclassiq is dated 2012-01-02. Since then, a total of 1824 articles have been written and published by On An Overgrown Path.
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The last article in On An Overgrown Path, "Classical music must woke up and smell the coffee", is dated 2021-09-20. By 2020, this source had published 81 articles (47 since the beginning of 2021). Over the past 12 months, On An Overgrown Path has published an average of 5 articles per month.
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As pointed out here previously Norman Lebrecht's Slipped Disc receives the unequivocal support of the classical music industry in the form of advertising, exclusive news and interviews, advertorial partnerships, and complimentary concert tickets and CDs. Yesterday Norman published an article headlined 'US orchestra: Conductor wanted. No whites need apply' which was sourced from the National Review. This conservative publication has a certain notoriety, including being one of the few media outlets to publish material written by Jeffrey Epstein's publicist Christina Galbraith. The National Review also publishes contributions by Dinesh D'Souza who has tweeted "So Rosa Parks wouldn't sit in the back of the bus--that's all she did, so what's the big fuss?" and this year ran an article bylined 'The Editors' proposing that the Equality Act "represents is a cynical attempt to use the Civil Rights Act as a Trojan horse for radical leftist social orthodoxies". But the biggest claim […]
We live in a Snapchat culture where the medium is the message, and the message deletes after twenty-four hours. This Snapchat culture has permeated through classical music. A great symphonic composer of the stature of Malcolm Arnold receives his twenty-four hours of fame with a BBC Proms performance of his Fifth Symphony. But with that anniversary box neatly ticked will we have to wait another twenty-seven years to hear one of his symphonies at the Proms? Snapchat culture also means dead composers are only click bait for twenty-four hours after their passing, So the death of the great multi-faceted Mikis Theodorakis was marked by clips from Zorba the Greek and quickly forgotten. But that sentence should read "not quite forgotten". Because reader David had added this thoughtful comment to one of my tributes to Mikis Theodorakis: 'I have always been attracted to composers and musicians who declare a strong Left […]
That photo shows Jimi Hendrix headlining at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. In his memoir The Last Great Event about the Festival, its co-founder Ray Foulk reveals that during the planning for the event there was a meeting with Harold Lawrence who was then General Manager of the London Symphony Orchestra. Harold Lawrence was responsible for the high profile appointment of André Previn as Principal Conductor of the LSO in 1968, and Ray Foulk's vision was for the LSO to appear at the Festival "not only to accompany some of the acts, but also to give their own performance of music from 2001: A Space Odyssey and other suitable works" . But the LSO's busy schedule combined with doubts about the final venue for the Festival meant that, sadly, the LSO did not join Hendrix, The Who, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Joan Baez, the Moody Blues, and Leonard Cohen on […]
One of the more obvious examples of the classical music industry being seduced by the lure of click bait traffic was the recent Slipped Disc exclusive on "the disintegrating compact disc". This "researched" story claimed that "everybody has this problem" of disintegrating CDs. As my earlier post pointed out, this damning conclusion was reached on a ludicrously small sample of three copies of the same CD out of the more than 200 billion CDs sold since the format was introduced in 1982. My post went on to propose that the likely explanation for the three problem CDs was a batch manufacturing defect on that particular disc rather than endemic deterioration. Now Overgrown Path reader Mark Meldon has added this informative comment to my previous post, which supports my hypothesis of a batch manufacturing problem: 'Back in 1986/87, I briefly worked in a CD factory in West Sussex, the long-gone […]
As I write that disc of Angela Hewitt playing Bach is on my CD player, and it sounds as transcendent as when I bought it in 1986. Norman Lebrecht has tried kicking up some click bait in a teacup by suggesting that CDs decay over time. Now let's leave aside that reports of CD decay are very rare, while his report tells us that three examples of the same CD exhibited decay. Which strongly suggests a batch manufacturing problem on that particular disc rather than endemic deterioration. Let's also leave aside that Norman has told us, to quote him, "Slipped Disc has a commercial relationship" with streaming service Idagio. Which brings into question the objectivity of his views on compact discs as an alternative to streaming. Instead let's turn our attention to the question of do CDs last for ever? The answer to that is simple. Nothing lasts forever. But […]
Mikis Theodorakis has died aged 96. In his memory I am republishing two Overgrown Path articles from 2007. The accompanying article Mikis Theodorakis' Songs of Freedom can be read via this link. 'So it is a question of with whom you want to communicate. It must be a free person for an artist can only communicate with free people. Yet in order to be free that person must have solved certain problems. He must have a job, he must be educated and in good health, he must have certain rights and dignity. I, as an artist, would like to have an interchange with such a person. You can't create art with slaves, no matter whether they were forced into slavery or made to adopt a slavish attitude. At this point the political dimension of the artist comes into force. He must contribute to the rescue of mankind out of pure […]
Do you remember when streaming was classical music's next big thing? Do you remember when Norman Lebrecht's Slipped Disc declared 'There is only one classical future - and it's streaming'? Apple Music was recently acclaimed by a leading magazine as, together with Spotify, the Editors' Choice Pick for streaming music services. But did you see another Slipped Disc headline this week telling us that the absorption of Primephonics into Apple Music is not open, fair or classical friendly? Classical streaming may be a convenient short-term expedient for users. But it was a no-brainer to see that its long-term business model which shifts financial control from content producers (artists and record labels) to content distributors (artistically-sterile technology giants such as Apple) would hurt the music industry. The uncertain future for high quality streaming services such Primephonics is yet another example of the classical industry's self-inflicted harm. For […]
That photo shows Malcolm Arnold with rock band Deep Purple at the time of the 1969 Albert Hall premiere of Jon Lord's Concerto for Group and Orchestra for which he conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. On An Overgrown Path made the case for Sir Malcolm's music long before it became a social media cause, and I was privileged to be invited into the composer's inner circle during the last years of his life. So I am delighted that his masterful Fifth Symphony is being performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo at tonight's BBC Prom. But I want to sound a note of caution. Finally ticking the Arnold Fifth Symphony box - this is its first Proms performance - is no more than a step in the right direction. Seven years ago William Alwyn's First Symphony was given a very welcome Proms outing by Sakari Oramo and the BBC […]
Norman Lebrecht's Slipped Disc receives the unequivocal support of the classical music industry in the form of advertising, exclusive news and interviews, advertorial partnerships, and complimentary concert tickets and CDs. Yet Slipped Disc repeatedly publishes unmoderated misinformation about Covid vaccines - see just two examples above and below. Therefore the classical music industry is supporting potentially deadly anti-vax misinformation. (Follow this link for more on Dr. Luc Montagnier's alleged warning.) It pains me to hold Facebook up as an exemplar. But even that tainted social network banned misinformation about vaccines months ago: as the Guardian reported in February, Facebook "will remove posts with false claims and groups with repeated violations will be shut down". This is not about free speech. It is, like libel laws, about stopping irreversible damage by misinformation. Slipped Disc, supported by the classical industry, regularly demonises Wilhelm Furtwängler, Herbert von Karajan and other great musicians of the […]
Classical music is an infinite multi-dimensional labyrinth. The accompanying photos taken from Overgrown Path posts show just three examples of that labyrinth. Seen above are players from L'Orchestre Philharmonique du Maroc performing al fresco in the medina at Essaouira, Morocco as part of the town's 2016 Printemps Musical Des Alizés festival. My second photo shows members of the Britten Sinfonia using classical music to bring positive change to the lives of young people at Larkman Primary School in Norfolk. While in the third photo, senior Tibetan Buddhist monk Kenrap-la is introduced to Jonathan Harvey's Body Mandala for the first time, listening via my iPod as we approach his monastery at Thiksay in the disputed Indian region of Jammu and Kashmir in 2014. Sub-atomic physics tells us that all phenomena consist of multi-dimensional energy waves that defy our conventional understanding of space and time. At the heart of quantum theory are […]