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This is an annoying recording. The world (and especially this section of ...
on 28 October 2014
This is an annoying recording. The world (and especially this section of reviews) is full of gratuitous enthusiasm whenever musical styles get 'fused'. As if, in this modern/post-modern age, any act of artistic creation that blends chopped-up elements of different styles is somehow, a priori, to be slavishly enthused over. I do not agree. I believe every musical style has its own particular integrity, its own core conventions and modes of expression. If you can't pay homage to those, well, make your own music, form your own style, create something powerfully new. DON'T insert bits of jazz into Monteverdi - it just smacks of music students who haven't yet formed their own authentic and original creative ideas, sitting around drinking coffee and going "oh yeah, wouldn't it be really great to combine x with y". Pathetic. I love Monteverdi and I love Jazz. They have their own specific power, integrity and beauty. I don't mix them up.