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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

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    by jimluce on Sun May 09, 2010 at 09:01:15 PM PDT

    •  I'm not sure what to think about this. (5+ / 0-)
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      I would love to have learned from this review what these violinists actually played (though I did learn that Beethoven 2 was performed at Carnegie hall and that it was an orchestral performance as opposed to, say, a reduction for two pianos). Clearly, this is not a music review, rather, a review of style--and I dare say, style over substance. As a professional musician, I cannot see how one can compare these two violinists without getting in towhat they played. In order to assess their approach, it is necessary to understand the repertoire they are presenting and what, exactly, they did to make it fresh or different besides, in Bin's case, the affectation of popular culture in the extreme.

      I have long been wary of the "hipsterization" of classical music. It is not new. However, I think it is too easy to be taken in by a venue such as Le Poisson Rouge and Hahn Bin's punk look, the sheer "coolness" of it all, and thoroughly miss the music. In fact I think sometimes, that is the point--distraction from the music in general, and the level of artistic and technical depth in specific.

      I have seen performances like this of classical music and while superficially appealing, I find it, frankly, gimmicky. The very fact that the diarist finds it immaterial to discuss what was being played and by which composers but finds the style, venue and fashion in which it was presented endlessly captivating seems to reinforce my point.

      Classical music need not be dull (my colleague and I just proved this in two very successful lecture-recitals this week sans mohawks) but the audience must be allowed to experience it without the distraction of the bells and whistles of discotheque.

      Regardless of my opinion, I did enjoy reading this diary--tipped and rec'd.

      "Get out your measuring cups/and we'll play a new game...We'll give you a complex, and we'll give it a name..."--Andrew Bird

      by commonmass on Sun May 09, 2010 at 09:48:47 PM PDT

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      •  It's dying though (4+ / 0-)
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        I've been a professional classical musician for my entire adult life. It has never been harder to make a living or get an audience. At least in the United States, the audiences are, for the most part dying off. The music is surviving in the universities and conservatories, but eventually they are going to reflect the reality of the private sector, and will have to drastically downsize. This is just the harsh reality, coming from someone who is far more versatile a player than most, and played thousands of gigs in one of the most competitive places in the U.S. musically. The top orchestras will survive, but the basic structure is not economically feasible without state support, which is a non-starter in the U.S, which means everything else will continue to drastically shrink.

    •  A question: (0+ / 0-)


      Le Poisson Rogue quickly began losing its magic.

      Was that when Le Poisson Rouge morphed into Le Poisson Rogue?

      Just curious.

      •  Maybe after Sarah Palin visited? nt (0+ / 0-)

        A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. -Greek proverb

        by marleycat on Mon May 10, 2010 at 05:19:36 AM PDT

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      •  (Le) Poisson Rouge (0+ / 0-)

        Good question!  Major story on this venue -- formerly The Village Gate -- to follow this week!  :-D  Look for it in my column in the Huffington Post.  - Jim

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        by jimluce on Mon May 10, 2010 at 06:17:16 AM PDT

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