15. March 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Links, Other People's Words, Ouch!

In an interview with The Times, Kennedy attacked the practice by which many conductors spend only a few weeks with an orchestra, saying: “How many will develop an orchestra rather than feeding off its achievements? They’re straight off for the dollar. Round the corner to get a better job. All they’re interested in is strutting about, wielding a bit of power.

“A conductor can galvanise the troops and evolve an artistic programme and identity of style. If they only give five or ten weeks a year [to an orchestra], how can they do that?”

He declined to name any particular conductor, but added: “It’s difficult to think of an exception.”

You can read it here

15. March 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Links, Ramble

Oh. Wait. I meant “I ♥ wine, thank you for asking.” My mistake.

So I’m not surprised when I see this chart that shows that classical music listeners like their wine too.

(Thanks, Scott, for the link.)

Now of course I like a glass of wine … but not before a concert. (Not good for the old embouchure or for focusing or accuracy.) You concert-goers may feel free to have a glass (as long as you don’t sleep through the performance, please!), but my wine must wait until I’m finished working. So I can go home, and have some wine and whine. Who could ask for anything more? :-)

(We look kind of boring compared to those other folks, don’t we? But we get our ecstasy by listening to music. Really.)