Why the LSO has got it right
I love classical music.
Well, maybe it would be more accurate to say that classical music or more specifically orchestral music has the potential to offer total escape.
Sometimes I can have Radio 3 on all day. Sometimes I’ll try and deny the fact I’ve been forced to tune into Classic FM. I have even been known to actually quite admire John Brunning‘s velvety tones. Choral Evensong is always a safe bet on a Wednesday afternoon. Breakfast on Radio 3, reliable.
Occasionally however some things can take me by surprise. Formerly they’ve been works I’ve heard on the radio. Latterly they’ve been excerpts I’ve found myself immersed in on the internet.
So it is with the LSO‘s latest YouTube gobbit. I’m fairly certain that former Radio 3 chappy Tommy Pearson from Red Ted Films is behind this little gem from the London Symphony featuring Gergiev commanding a sickeningly committed string section (and a reassuringly sparkling wind section) through a sequence I’d not heard before in Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet.
And that’s the thing. We all know the usual predictable extract from Romeo and Juliet (dum-de-dum-de-dum-de-dum-de-dum-de-dum-de-dum-dum) but embarrassingly I can’t recall ever having heard this bit. And the ONLY reason I’ve heard it is because Twitter user Tam Pollard tweeted a link to it saying the same thing.
Having heard it, I’m quite keen to either get the performance on DVD (hopefully blu-ray if The Pearson has shot it in HD) or on CD.
Let’s hope the LSO’s marketing department get their backsides in gear. If they don’t, I may be forced to purchase someone else’s recording.
Either way, I may possibly end up being persuaded to go straight to iTunes as a result of have an excerpt pushed past me a video on the internet. And if that’s the case, I may well be tuning into my radio a little less during the day.
I’ll be going straight to the source of the music. And when that happens that’s a signal that peer review has finally made it to the classical music world. And not a moment too soon either.