Just what we need: a Covid symphony

Leif Segerstam, the prolific Finn, has delivered his symphony no 339, ‘Coronavirus chaoticlies in prisonic moods.’

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  • Segerstam makes Haydn look like Duparc.
    One might think he’s a bit obsessive.
    Good conductor, though….

    • He’s more than a “good” conductor, but I take your point. Excellent with Sibelius, the Russians etc.

    • Imagine the music reviewer forced to listen to 339 symphonies (and counting) by any one composer. Sounds like a punishment that would fit right into Dante’s Inferno…

      • My fly on the wall informs me that it is not Segerstam that’s played in hell, but Xenakis and Neuwirth.

        Purgatorio is furnished with little cubicles, where the souls are forced to listen to Boulez and Pintscher, after which they can confess their sins and either go up or go down, according to life statistics.

  • Are any of his symphonies any good, or is his work just a mechanistic “compose-by-numbers” (like those old Paint-by-Numbers watercolor kits they used to sell) type of thing designed to make headlines get him into record books, but without any real artistic inspiration or merit?

  • ouldn’t we just re-tool one of Hovhaness’s? Say, St. Helens or An Irruption for all Seasons”? Well, Eruption, then. Well, now, there, then. So far Gustavo gets my vote for “His time will come.” Go, Gus! Both of you. Just get out!

    What I noticed about Segerstam when he conducted here is how much he looks like Brahms from behind, but everyone knows the best conductor from behind is Salonen.

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