Re: Ken Russell composer 'documentaries'
Posted by Martin Walker on March 13, 2018, 12:32 pm, in reply to "Ken Russell composer 'documentaries'"
Well, as you say, several of them are on DVD. I saw the Delius and the Strauss on TV in my distant youth, being particularly taken by the latter at the time, though I have in fact a high regard for a lot of Strauss's music. It could be regarded as libellous, but hey, who cares about that, Strauss can take a bit of coruscating shrapnel. If one wishes to see it there is only YouTube, taken from an old Monitor broadcast with very grungy visuals, so I only watched the beginning. On the whole, I think KR's approach to music was, how shall I put it, rather unsubtle, and he does seem to think that Also Sprach Zarathustra is a sort of advertising theme music for German supremacy. Never mind, at the time it was, like, weird to see this on the BBC. -I have never even heard of the Martinu, and never seen the Elgar. Apart from the strictly musical films, I do have the DVD with the Isidora Duncan, Pre-Raphaelite and Henri Rousseau docus. I would recommend the Pre-Raph film in particular - far out, as one used to say, best taken with opium. I relished the Tchaikovsky and Mahler films in the cinema, in their day. Kindest, perhaps, to ignore the Mahler and other shlocky confections like Lisztomania. May I boldly put in a word for The Boyfriend, though, where style and music fuse perfectly.|