« on: February 03, 2015, 01:27:03 pm »
I haven’t (yet) listened to the BBCSO performance of Rihm’s “Tutuguri” as broadcast on Hear & Now at the weekend – listened to a couple of very brief extracts, and it sounds like it’s my cuppa, even though I’m not a proper fan of Rihm’s work (more through lack of knowledge of a lot of it than anything else, I think...), so I’ve ripped a copy for later listening.
But a review on the FT website yesterday caught my eye (annoyingly, I can’t look at it again, as it’s now gone behind a paywall; apparently, as a non-subscriber, I can only see any article once, and only three articles for free in a one month period!). Reviewed by a critic with little affinity with the music she’s reviewing, and I really don’t think a comparison to the shower scene in Psycho is a desirable level of discourse in a broadsheet, let alone words like “scraping” in relation to string technique in a piece the reviewer then goes on to describe as an “ordeal”. The description of the BBCSO members as looking (if memory serves) “bored rigid” sounds rather like she’s projecting her own sensibilities (I know, I wasn’t there, I can’t really counter what she says in that respect, but I’ve seen the BBCSO playing contemporary stuff a fair amount over the years, and they always look pretty committed). Dreadful reviewing, makes Clementine Verbiage look positively insightful by comparison!