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Schubert Uncorked

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  1. Robert Berger says:

    Performances in the 19th century and before were much more spontaneous? Really now. Do you have a time machine ? If so, please share it with us. This is typical of how you idealize the past .
    Not allperformers in the past were ocmposers , and the assumption that there was much more individuality in performance before the invention of recordings is also a questioable assumption .

    • Dear Robert, you should read all the epistula of the great masters being in total distress after hearing their own works performed by others (Bach, Beethoven etc). Music is an adventure! When it becomes 100% predictable it will drop dead. That might happen to classical music. Jo sees that. His quest to seek the reinvention of adventure in classical music is very much needed today.

  2. To compare 19th century music making with to-day is futile – every thing then was quite different .
    String instruments alone- , gut strings , pitch, manner of playing that would be unacceptable to-day.
    This can be applied to all instruments used at the time .What that audience heard is not what we hear to-day .
    Individuality in performance was usually virtuoso-composer performers Paganini , Liszt Chopin etc . and
    one can only imagine that at their best we have nothing to rival them in this dual capacity . How good the rest
    were one can leave to the Rossini comment to a leading singer ” How wonderful !! Even I recognized some
    notes I wrote “. To-day we have Lang Lang as the spontaneous celebrated virtuoso and that ain’t quite the
    same thing.

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