On an Overgrown Path

February 12 2014

Vintage Bob Shingleton.

One part of BBC music that is still up to par most of the time is Building a Library (Radio 3). Jonathan Swain last Saturday on Vaughan Williams’s ninth symphony (a kind of continuation of his sixth, also in e minor) proved that. But they need to do some living or recent composers: composers if not specific works. What to buy by Ligeti, Xenakis?

4 Responses to “On an Overgrown Path”

  1. davidderrick Says:

    Belgian premiere of this work, in 2008, fifty years after London premiere. Flemish Radio Orchestra, Richard Egarr. Not a Building a Library candidate, but a good performance and good that it is being heard in Europe:

  2. davidderrick Says:

    Strange that it has taken it so long to catch on. If none of the other symphonies did, it would place VW in the category of the fifteen supreme symphonists:

    Vaughan Williams

    There are groups here: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven; Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann; Bruckner, Brahms; Tchaikovsky, Dvořák; Elgar, Mahler (well, Barbirolli would have seen an affinity); and the final rugged trio, Sibelius, Vaughan Williams, Shostakovich. The waves from the symphonic explosion move outwards from the symphony’s homeland as one moves forward in time.

    I suppose they have now reached the Orkneys, but one can’t really add PMD to this list, or not yet.

    The harp at the end is VW’s own evaporation.

  3. davidderrick Says:

    Robert Philip on Schubert’s first set of impromptus in the same programme yesterday was equally un-dumb.

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