|The Time Machine by music writer George Grella|
|The Time Machine
The Big City Blog
By George Grella
March 9, 2010
"The sense of the past is implicit in classical music, the idea that the music belongs to its history. This is a weakness and a strength; the sense of age in the music is one thing that frequently limits its overall appeal, and the context of time gives it both power and present day life. The great ‘classics’ that are still with us were once new, of course, and as often revolutionary in their moment, something that gives them staying power. Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ symphony is 200 years old, but any good performance conveys a sense of freshness and relevance.
"In this music, the past is always with us. All the music made new is placed at the top of an edifice made by all that came before, and the new music will itself become a foundation for what comes next. Time exists in this edifice in linear structures, circular structures and no structures at all. There may be a clear break from or connection between the past and the present, and the past and the present may exist in the same moments, in the same spaces, intertwined in a way that demolishes any such distinctions. This is a phenomenon that is consistently presented at Miller Theater, where the programming follows two important specialties; Early Music and contemporary music in the form of the Composer Portraits series. Recently, two Miller concerts in particular illustrated this peculiar and important quality of history in classical music..."
Click here to read the full reviews of the Benet Casablancas Composer Portrait and the Orlando Consort Early Music concert.