A breath of fresh air for Berlin? from the Slipped Disc blog…

All eyes have been on the Berlin Phil recently as they worked to name a new Principal Conductor.  Mid-May they found themselves at an impasse.  Now they have made their choice…a fascinating one too.  Here’s my comment:

“It is charming that Mr. Petrenko was selected not simply for expediency, but for serious artistic merit. How delightful that he is considered shy and has a mystique.

Who cannot resonate to the idea of watching this man rise to the challenge in Berlin; perhaps not unlike King George VI tripping into power just prior to the start of WWII with the world holding its breath…

And I can’t help but wonder what his gifts and insights are regarding Mahler…and, of course, Mozart…:-)”

See more at: http://slippedisc.com/2015/06/kirill-petrenko-the-morning-after/#sthash.bg1kclRl.dpuf

Putting a square peg into a round hole? How not to evaluate Mozart…M4B*

Pamela Brown:

(You know I’m right…:-0)…

Originally posted on The Other Mozart -- Locked-Out in Minnesota:

One of the more annoying things I hear and read said about Wolfgang Mozart is that he was ‘not good with money.’  That he dealt with significant issues having to do with money is not the issue — it is that Mozart tends to be judged as a spendthrift.  Some have claimed he was a gambler.  All of this tends to color his achievements with something flagrantly negative.  And let’s not forget that usually those who knew him personally and then claimed he was ‘not good with money’ frequently did little or nothing to help him.  Even worse, some of them deliberately sandbagged him.

All of Wolf’s issues about ‘money’ started with his overbearing father Leopold, who claimed responsibility for creating the Mozart legend.  That he used a young child in a manner that nowadays might have (or at least should have) gotten him in trouble for exploiting a child…

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A few of the lessons to be learned from Mozart’s mistakes…M4B*

Pamela Brown:

Indeed…

Originally posted on The Other Mozart -- Locked-Out in Minnesota:

I can honestly say that were it not for all the information we have available about Wolfgang Mozart, and, most particularly, his own letters, I doubt that I would be here today.  It is said that those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.  In my case, it seemed as though nothing made sense in my life until I looked at it from the perspective of Wolf and what had happened to him.  I vowed that I would not repeat his mistakes.

Hindsight is perfect, and, when I began to research Wolf’s life in depth, some time ago, I discovered early-on, as had just about everyone else, that Wolf made a lot of mistakes.  He was considered arrogant and selfish.  He was often politically-incorrect.  He was obnoxious.  He enjoyed making others squirm as he exercised his superior musical powers, correcting their mistakes and chiding them…

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#MinnegeddonPartDeux…What do Mssrs. Schrickel, Vanska, Henson and Sprenger have in common?

Originally posted on The Other Mozart -- Locked-Out in Minnesota:

Answer? They all have first-hand information about or have personally experienced die zauberflote, which was born, musically speaking, on the stage at Orchestra Hall, and also, not incidentally, recorded there.  As virtually every music professional in the world claims to ‘love’ Mozart, I am sure it can’t be long before they are jumping up and down with excitement and unable to remain silent…:-0

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#MinnegeddonPartDeux — Yoo Hoo, “Monostatos”, I’m ready for my close-up…

For a very long time the individual that I have termed “Monostatos” (from a sinister character in Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute) has worked furiously to lock me out of opportunities and possibilities in all the areas of classical music which which this person has a connection.  This person has slandered me day and night for many years, attempting also to influence my dear children and family members.  This has taken an enormous toll on all of us, as this person has ‘credibility’ in the classical musical world, while I (as yet) do not.

I am asking this person to come forward and do the right thing.  Seems to me the lid cannot be kept on much longer anyhow.  This person’s only real claim to fame is that they did their best to lock out Mozart (me with die zauberflote).  This has person has led at least one orchestra astray.

How much longer do I have to wait? :-0

#MinnegeddonPartDeux…just how does a band that locked-out Mozart make a ‘comeback’? :-0 (M4B)*

Monostatos’ Orchestra seems to be attempting to go through a sort of rebirth.  After the contentious and bitter lockout, which may well, in fact, have been in response to their, in effect, locking Mozart out some time ago, in terms of the great gift that I call die zauberflote, they seem to want to put the dismal recent past events behind by making a foray into new performing territory (not a bad idea) and conducting a media blitz intended to showcase them as ‘new’.  Frankly, virtually nothing about this organization is ‘new’.  In fact, what we may well be seeing is more of the ‘same-old, same-old’.  Not that the ‘same-old’ is ‘bad’, just that it is predictably the same — a veneer of ‘grace’ and ‘loveliness’ masking the fact that its ‘voice’ (if you can even call it that) is empty and dead…

Why, you might ask, am I not tempted into mushy sentimentality about the supposed newness of the recent ‘historic’ runout or accompanying schmoozy current ad strategy?  Frankly, any group who can put up with the character I call “Monostatos” is not deserving of being taken seriously.  It has, in fact, settled its fate in my mind once and for all.  Ironically, it appears that one of the previous administrators of this group attempted to oust this person, but in a turn of irony, they were the one to go.  So I hold to no illusions about this situation. (I am, in fact, speaking from personal experience.  I learned the hard way, and am not about to be fooled again.)

So, what is actually going on here?  This is my impression.  If this group was, in fact, put under judgment by the Lrd for their treatment, not only of an extraordinary gift of music, but of a gift of the Holy Spirit, they had the opportunity to, for example, come to repentance over the initial lockout during their own prolonged 18-month lockout and make appropriate apologies and amends.  They were aware of the facts involving the initial lockout.  But they chose to ignore that information and, in effect, ‘rebuild’.  Not even simply rebuild, but attempt to claim they have re-invented themselves.  I doubt that will work.  I sincerely hope that believers will look very critically at having any involvement with this group, especially anything involving their children (yes, they manage to insinuate themselves in many schools).  I consider the effect of their music unhealthy.

If I am correct, this glossy sheen of new-found respectability will in time wear thin and the public will once again have no choice but to deal with the grisly reality at the core of this group.  As long as Monostatos is being protected there, this is an organization that can only be called Anti-Mozart.  And, as we are, artistically speaking, currently in the middle of what I call “Minnegeddon” (this being ‘PartDeux’ as post-MO lockout) — that is the time when all Anti-Mozart is revealed.  And so it will be.  I could be wrong.  But I don’t think so…

*Mozart for Believers…

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