Tom Service on classical music

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Tom Service on classical music

2016-01-06 16:55:03

There are few parts of the classical music world that do not bear the mark of Boulez’s influence today. Tom Service picks 10 key works that represent the best of the composer and conductor, whose death aged 90 was announced earlier todayIt’s a terrible prospect, imagining a musical world without Pierre Boulez. And yet, thanks to his influence as composer, conductor and cultural leader; as polemicist, teacher and fiery spirit of avant-garde adventure; and later as a charming, but demanding, eminence grise of contemporary musical life, we don’t have to imagine it. Boulez’s achievements in changing every part of the fabric of classical musical culture all over the world are indelible. In Bayreuth, where he transformed the performance practice of Wagner’s works. In London and New York, where in the 1970s he embarked on a mission to transform orchestral programmes and establish a performance practice for contemporary music. Or at […]

Tom Service on classical music

2016-01-06 15:55:03

There are few parts of the classical music world that do not bear the mark of Boulez’s influence today. Tom Service picks 10 key works that represent the best of the composer and conductor, whose death aged 90 was announced earlier today It’s a terrible prospect, imagining a musical world without Pierre Boulez. And yet, thanks to his influence as composer, conductor and cultural leader; as polemicist, teacher and fiery spirit of avant-garde adventure; and later as a charming, but demanding, eminence grise of contemporary musical life, we don’t have to imagine it. Boulez’s achievements in changing every part of the fabric of classical musical culture all over the world are indelible. In Bayreuth, where he transformed the performance practice of Wagner’s works. In London and New York, where in the 1970s he embarked on a mission to transform orchestral programmes and establish a performance practice for contemporary music. […]

Tom Service on classical music

2015-11-16 10:27:51

The musical and the visual collide satisfyingly in Earle Brown’s composition Calder Piece and Alexander Calder’s sculpture Chef d’orchestre at Tate Modern Related: Rotation, rotation, rotation! Alexander Calder and his high-wire circus act Hearing the first performance in this country – and the first anywhere in over 30 years – of Earle Brown’s Calder Piece in the Turbine Hall at London’s Tate Modern, part of its current Calder exhibition, revealed one of the 20th century’s most subtle and satisfying symbioses of the visual and the musical. Brown’s 1966 work is a sonic animation of his friend’s mobile Chef d’orchestre. Continue reading...

Tom Service on classical music

2015-11-16 09:27:51

The musical and the visual collide satisfyingly in Earle Brown’s composition Calder Piece and Alexander Calder’s sculpture Chef d’orchestre at Tate Modern Related: Rotation, rotation, rotation! Alexander Calder and his high-wire circus act Hearing the first performance in this country – and the first anywhere in over 30 years – of

Tom Service on classical music

2015-09-30 15:42:31

A composer’s highest joys have long been used to violate prisoners’ minds, destroying their inner beings. And not just at Guantanamo, either We usually talk about the way music moves us – to joy, passion, excitement, melancholy, fury even – but music can also be put to much darker uses, something that is rarely discussed. Over the course of Radio 3’s Why Music? weekend, Morag Grant and Suzanne Cusick threw light on the disturbing history of music’s use in, and as, torture. The impetus for

Tom Service on classical music

2015-09-16 12:32:15

As the LA Philharmonic embarks on a virtual reality tour of the city, over in New York there are calls to ban technology from the concert hall Today we have two opposing views of the future of orchestral music-making from opposite sides of the United States: one as a virtual digital utopia, the other as a tech-free sanctuary. Out west, there’s the

Tom Service on classical music

2015-09-30 17:42:31

A composer’s highest joys have long been used to violate prisoners’ minds, destroying their inner beings. And not just at Guantanamo, either We usually talk about the way music moves us – to joy, passion, excitement, melancholy, fury even – but music can also be put to much darker uses, something that is rarely discussed. Over the course of Radio 3’s Why Music? weekend, Morag Grant and Suzanne Cusick threw light on the disturbing history of music’s use in, and as, torture. The impetus for much of their research over the past few years was the revelation of the ways music was one of the tools used to degrade and destabilise prisoners in the war on terror in locations including Iraq and Guantanamo Bay. For example, playing music – often chosen to be as culturally offensive as possible to the cadre of detained prisoners – at devastatingly loud volume for […]

Tom Service on classical music

2015-09-24 18:42:22

Radio 3 are broadcasting Max Richter’s eight-hour lullaby Sleep on Saturday night, live from the Wellcome Collection. Here, by contrast, are 10 works that certainly won’t give you sweet dreamsMax Richter’s Sleep, music specifically written to put you to sleep, will become the single longest continuous piece to be broadcast on Radio 3 this Saturday night/Sunday morning, and at eight hours is one of the longest live performances ever. Richter’s piece, however, is only the latest in a long line of musical soundscapes designed to accompany your journey through the wee hours. There are plenty of eight- or 10-hour concoctions of delta-wave enhancing and theta-wave inducing meditative musical medleys out there on YouTube, tapping into an apparently insatiable demand for somnolent soundscapes.Sleep – as a metaphor for a heightened or transformed state of consciousness, or a route to the subconscious world of dreams, fantasy and imagination – is also something […]

Tom Service on classical music

2015-09-24 16:42:22

Radio 3 are broadcasting Max Richter’s eight-hour lullaby Sleep on Saturday night, live from the Wellcome Collection. Here, by contrast, are 10 works that certainly won’t give you sweet dreams Max Richter’s Sleep, music specifically written to put you to sleep, will become the single longest continuous piece to be broadcast on Radio 3 this Saturday night/Sunday morning, and at eight hours is one of the longest live performances ever. Richter’s piece, however, is only the latest in a long line of musical soundscapes designed to accompany your journey through the wee hours. There are plenty of eight- or 10-hour concoctions of delta-wave enhancing and theta-wave inducing meditative musical medleys out there on YouTube, tapping into an apparently insatiable demand for somnolent soundscapes. Sleep – as a metaphor for a heightened or transformed state of consciousness, or a route to the subconscious world of dreams, fantasy and imagination – is […]

Tom Service on classical music

2015-09-16 14:32:15

As the LA Philharmonic embarks on a virtual reality tour of the city, over in New York there are calls to ban technology from the concert hallToday we have two opposing views of the future of orchestral music-making from opposite sides of the United States: one as a virtual digital utopia, the other as a tech-free sanctuary. Out west, there’s the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s VAN Beethoven, a touring yellow van – geddit?!? – which will tour the city for five weeks and allow six people at a time to don virtual reality headsets and immerse themselves in four minutes of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony as – as the phrase goes – you’ve never experienced it before. Continue reading...

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