Music to help us get along together

Music to help us get along together


norman lebrecht

September 18, 2020

From the Lebrecht Album of the Week:

So much nonsense is being spouted these days about ‘decolonising’ western music that we’ve forgotten it’s not western at all. It’s southern and eastern, arising around the Mediterranean Sea and spreading upwards into the European continent by a process of conquest and cultural supremacism. Europe was successively colonised by the Greeks, the Romans, the Mongols and the Arabs before it ever thought of spreading ‘civilisation’ to other parts of the world.

This new release is a blessed relief from the deconolising agenda….

Read on here.

And here.

In French here.

In Czech here.

In Spanish here.



  • This month there s also the Chailly- Scala-Respighi album. Marvelous.

  • Gentle Joe says:

    I don’t want to need to “get along” with massive amounts of others who are here… such massive amounts… that the word invaders comes to mind.

    Stop being weak.

  • Garech de Brun says:

    This is what I find helps to forget about the cov-19 disaster.

    Lord Inchiquin a harp composition by Turlough O’Carolan (c1670-1738).

    Played deep in the Kingdom of Kerry.

  • MDR says:

    I think you need to go back to history class, Norman.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    To those like myself who are interested in hearing this particular CD, thanks to Norman’s review: you ought to sample some Sephardic music from the Middle Ages as well! It’s really great music.

  • fflambeau says:

    I like Eric Kleiber’s* wonderful comment that “music is the fountain of consolation.” It’s part of his revelatory telegram to the opera house in Milano telling them that their policy on Jews was nonsense.

    *Eric Kleiber was the father of Carlos Kleiber and an internationally acclaimed conductor in his own right. He was forced out of positions in Germany and resigned his post at La Scala.

  • ThrownOutOfTheKremlinForSinging says:

    Western music:

    • John Borstlap says:

      They try to leave classical music behind to get new audiences in, who never heard that classical music exists, and will feel at home and welcomed. Whether they will come back voor Brahms or Mahler is highly disputable. I think: never.