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In Performance: Reviews

In the interest of creating a full-service center for classical music at the Post, I'll be linking here to all of our classical performance coverage, both by me and other writers. This will include links to the Web-only reviews that for the last few weeks have been running on a separate page of the site; from now on, you can find them here.

The Bang on a Can Marathon at the Clarice Smith Center, by Anne Midgette

Richard Goode plays Chopin, by Robert Battey

By Anne Midgette  |  March 31, 2009; 7:45 AM ET
Categories:  Washington , local reviews  
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I mostly agree with your Bang on a Can review except that the Terry Riley piece was unbelievably tedious and utterly content-free. Several times I thought about sprinting for the door. My bro-in-law and I went and got a burrito after the concert and spent almost the entire time mocking that work.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | March 31, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Please add the local chamber group IBIS to announcements and reviews. The members are all professional musicians, trained at the best music schools, and have an infectious appreciation of all things music. They perform terrific one-hour+ and free concerts around the Arlington area. I especially like that they venture far and wide in their musical selections and so introduce listeners to works of composers rarely performed. Thank you.

Posted by: mdoallas | March 31, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

I really enjoyed the days events. Though I didn't get all of it; it didn't matter. It was refreshing to hear new sounds and structure; not knowing what was around the corner.
Glenn Kotche was incredible. I also liked that the musicians were aproachable and engaging.
Funniest part of the day, seeing UMD president alone in a balcony box...he was sound asleep.

Posted by: marathonman1 | March 31, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I saw C.D. Mote sleeping through concerts at CSPAC when I was an undergrad. It's nice to know he's carrying on the tradition.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | March 31, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the mention of the Wash Post Web Only reviews (did not know about it). Hope you have a direct link from your blog to make one stop shopping easier.

Posted by: BethesdaFan | March 31, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm finding this blog very useful, Anne. The links in particular are extremely useful, and most of the other blogs on your blogroll I had never heard of before. Ionarts looks very interesting.

I really don't follow a lot of blogs, but this is one I anticipate following every day and I wish you best of luck with it.


Posted by: shovetheplanet | March 31, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Dear Ms. Midgette,
I often read the Washington Post reviews and have been pleased in the past by a level of professionalism and knowledge that, particularly relating to Early Music, outstrips the views and abilities of our own New York Times in NYC.
However, I read in a recent review of the Brandenburgs by Mr. Downey and I quote, "but it (the score of Bach) is not always literally faithful to the score, adding a theorbo and even Baroque guitar to the continuo and a bassoon to the bass line of No. 2..."
Mr. Downey should know that the continuo line was never meant to be a specific instrumentation. The richness of Baroque Music is increased by the choice given to families of instruments that could join in that section. Adding a bassoon, lutes, harps, organ, all manner of instruments that could play in a singing, chording, or rhythmical fashion was expected, actually desired. The problem here is that Downey is supporting an ignorance on the part of the public about the meaning of continuo and one that does no one any good. In these specific cases, the bassoon and the theorbo additions probably reflect the reality of the Bach score MORE than if they held to the austere approach usually heard.
I hope Downey will "brush up on his Shakespeare" so to speak and maintain the high level Ive come to expect from the Post.

Posted by: couperin | April 5, 2009 7:04 AM | Report abuse

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