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Re: Sir Charles Groves http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2015/June/Groves_British_25646147
Posted by nick barnard on June 24, 2015, 1:16 pm, in reply to "Re: Sir Charles Groves http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2015/June/Groves_British_25646147"
How faintly dis-spiriting that Jinn Kwon should contribute nothing to the bulletin board and when something appears it is vulgar and ignorant. Clearly someone who never experienced Sir Charles' work in Liverpool. John Quinn is absolutely correct in all he writes. The only sin is one of omission - Groves also championed many many other works and composers. Look no further than the Arnold Symphonies - including the contentious No.9 and getting the RLPO to be the 1st UK orchestra to perform a cycle of the Shostakovich Symphonies (not all conducted by him but he was the Artistic Director of the orchestra during this project). I too grew up in Liverpool in the 70's and through Groves' work was introduced toand inspired by much of the music he conducted. As it happens I attended the Mahler 8 John refers to - in the Anglican Cathedral in the Silver Jubilee year I recall. The mighty organ pedal notes opening the work viscerally exciting.
Groves also supported/conducted the 2 main Youth Orchestras in Liverpool - one run by an enlightened Education Authority (the Liverpool Schools Symphony Orchestra - and related ensembles) and the other by the RLPO - the Merseyaside Youth Orchestra. He paid us the great - rather terrifying - compliment of treating us like junior professionals and we played badly he got very cross.
One final point - not sure how you "brown nose" someone who is dead since by implication the compliments are made to further one's own standing with the complimented party. If John is guilty of that then so am I a hundred times over. Since when has expressing admiration and respect for any individual or organisation automatically implied such a self-serving end. Unless of course Jinn Kwon is simply using his own personal frame of reference for such behaviour.
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