Ned Rorem et al. - 29 October, 1972

from The Later Diaries of Ned Rorem 1961-1972, pages 420-421:

JH's hour-long program yesterday of Thomson's sacred works for organ and chorus was a miracle. Without drawing attention to performance but focussing on what was being performed, he managed to lend variety and drama to music not containing these qualities. Such contradictions are resolved by only a special breed of interpreter: not, for example, by a Bernhardt or Billie Holiday who often performed mediocre art marvelously [sic] by drawing attention to themselves; nor by a Schnabel or Lotte Lehmann who performed great art marvelously [sic} by drawing attention away from themselves; nor by a …   more >>

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The Later Diaries of Ned Rorem 1961-1972 (San Francisco, ), p. 420-421. accessed: 21 May, 2024


Ned Rorem
Critic, essayist, Composer, Diarist […]
Virgil Thomson
critic, Composer

Listening to

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unspecified choral music by Virgil Thomson
written by Virgil Thomson
performed by Choir of the Church of the Intercession New York

Experience Information

Date/Time 29 October, 1972
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by iepearson on Tue, 20 Jan 2015 21:16:38 +0000
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 15:03:49 +0000