Re: Fwd: from Eliot who used a different email address

Subject: Re: Fwd: from Eliot who used a different email address
From: Richard Wentk (
Date: Fri Feb 04 2005 - 19:20:36 EST

At 00:02 05/02/2005, you wrote:
>Kevin Austin wrote:
>>At 03:37 +0000 2005/02/02, Richard Wentk wrote:
>>>What I liked about Janet Cardiff's piece was that it wasn't about the
>>>technical skill behind either the recording or the music.
>>If the piece had not been Tallis, but this was an artist's decision. She
>>could have commissioned a composer to write a 40 voice piece. I have
>>spoken with choral people who were put off by the poor quality of the
>>performance, and there was a sense of betrayal for me. I found the
>>intonation and precision lackluster and insecure. I remained continuously
>>aware of the failure of the team to realize the potential of the idea.
>that just wouldnt have made the point.

Exactly. I still think Kevin is missing the point entirely here. As I see
it, it was never supposed to be a piece of music in the usual performance
sense. Instead it's a piece *about* music and the processes and rituals
that surround it.

Incidentally, the choir's details are here:

just in case anyone wants to write to them and complain about the poor
quality of their work. :)


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