Just read this piece by Stephen Hough:
He's got quite a few people's number on this forum, hasn't he?
The internet and forums are democracy in action. You get the veiws of the wise and the veiws of the idiots mixed together, but who are the wise and who are the idiots, oh dear, you have to think for yourself !!! No postscript telling you the supposed qualifications that the writer has and why his views should be taken as gospel. No editor who can preach a certain political veiw point at us over and over again until we believe it is the only truth. When the sage points his finger at the moon the fool says 'ah, the moon'. The wise man says 'So what makes you the sage'.
Food for thought...If you think so. To me, it looks like scattered thoughts, thrown in the cheapest market of internet for easy consumption.
Apparently, Mr. Hough has enough spare time between his fine recordings and quite a few finer live performances (I was lucky enough to attend a stunning performance, in Berlin, of Shostakovich's Piano Quintet with the Jerusalem Quartet).
Stephen Hough wrote:
Where do you begin? Of
course, you don't – except perhaps to note that this discussion is
not unrelated to fundamentalism where texts assume greater importance
than the reality they are there to serve. It's true in music and it's
dangerously true in religion.
Apparently, Mr. Hough has enough spare time between his fine recordings and quite a few finer live performances ....
Oh the irony! And from one of the "trained classical musicians, the professors, etc etc" oft quoted in support of you-know-what.
A hit, a very palpable hit, methinks!
You're forgetting that the 'trained musicians and professors' who agree with Parla are probably only figments of his imagination. I've certainly assked on more than one occasion for a suitable academic reference or article which supports Parla's absurd ideas about music, only alas to be greeted with silence.
Stephen Hough doesn't like the internet or forums. He rose to prominence via the BBC and can quite often be heard on it today, he plays for the queen, he is British. I must admit to not having any CDs by Mr Hough and I can't remember ever hearing him play BUT I bet he has received numerous BBC Building a Library recommendations. He is establishment. He won't like any form of media that doesn't recognise him as such. Lazy journalists don't like the internet either, it makes them feel they are not needed, not important. When establishment pianists and lazy journalist don't like something you know it is important, good and will last.
Of course, Mr. Hough has to clarify, if not specify, what are the following:
-"The reality", "they", "there", "to serve", explaining further in which way he escapes from the "texts" (or how he begins from nowhere), when he performs (in a very conservative way) the music he serves in a quite obedient way, I can say (he is not the clown of Lang Lang, anyway).
Hi John! Thanks for posting that link. Personally, I hate to see those (many of them anyway) mean-spirited comments attached to an otherwise oftentimes wonderful performance on youTube. It's sad that something that could be used to make the world a smaller and more wonderful place to be--to draw people closer together--is instead used by some as a way to spread hatred and dischord. If someone doesn't like the performance and would care to offer educated, polite, and helpful comments that's one thing....or perhaps (maybe even better?) maybe just let people who enjoy that performer, enjoy it in peace unless someone asks for their opinion and for suggested/alternative performances? What a radical thought!
Amen to that! And a warm 'thank-you' for all your polite, considerate and stimulating contributions!
I agree with Petra and Uber Alice. People should be nice to each other and the establishment should embrace the new internet technology which enables ordinary people to have a say in public.
'After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music'.
Aldous Huxley brainyquote.com
Hi Chris! Why thank you! What a sweet thing to say! I really appreciate you taking the time and effort to say those kind things!
You need to get out more Petra.
This whole strand: with a couple of well-meaning posts aside, I'm thinking QED.
I give up.
We are sorry John, we didn't realise the tone of your original post was 'well meaning'. We will all try and rise to your level of altruism in future.
Well, here we go again. For a while the posts were rather polite. Knew it couldn't last. Where's Troyen1 when you need him?