Jennifer argues that the music industry does us all a disservice by pitching classical as background music. Some will, inevitably, attempt to deny that this is so. But where I live Classic FM exhorts listeners day and night to relax, as if they are about to undergo some horribly invasive medical procedure and need music to anaesthetise them.
This is what Jennifer hears:
If classical music really sounded the way it’s described in radio ads, composers would have fallen asleep while writing it. “You’ve found an oasis — a place where you can get away from all the craziness,” intones WCLV, a station in Lorain, Ohio, in a recent promotion. “Take some time to relax.” “Calming and refreshing,” KBAQ, a Phoenix station, declares. “Rise above it all,” the District’s own WETA proclaims. These stations regularly offer more raucous selections than these exhortations suggest, but they are advertising themselves as musical sanitariums. The San Francisco-based station KDFC even offers a daily “island of sanity,”including slow pieces by Mozart, Debussy and Bach, in the interest of tempering rush hour woes….
Contemporary composers are not, on the whole, the most considerate members of the human species. Their time is spent writing music, promoting it, and making a living at some more profitable form of musical activity, like banking a university salary. Whatever time they have left is treated as me-time, understandably so.
All the more reason, then, to remember Oliver Knussen, who died earlier this year, for his vast generosity in conducting works by other composers — time that he might otherwise have spent finishing his own works. Ollie was a perceptive interpreter and naturally communicative conductor. He brings to life here
We are shocked to learn of the death of Anna Lucia Kim, an intern with Charlotte Lee at New York agency Primo Artists.
Anna, who trained as a soprano, switched happily to the music business and was devoted to her work with her Chopin competition-winning compatriot Seong-Jin Cho.
Primo Artists have posted this:
With a heavy heart, we mourn the loss of a member of the Primo family. Our intern Anna Lucia Kim was tragically killed in a car accident yesterday, November 30th in Berrian County, Michigan.
Anna was a recent graduate of Andrews University and lived near the campus in Berrian Springs, where she was interning remotely for Primo Artists for the Fall 2018 semester. Her passion, positive spirit and verve for life and her work was an inspiration to us and all those around her.