From Jerusalemite; B.’s stature as moral human being

From My Request: Waltraud Meier, Michael Gielen 0n January 29, 2007 (January 29, 2007) Mark Levinson Audio System: …Music approaches me as a feeling, not as a sound… (December 31, 2006) Music of the Hemispheres: The subtlest reason that pop music is so flavorful to our brains is that it relies so strongly on timbre. Timbre is a peculiar blend of tones in any sound… “Pop musicians compose with timbre. Pitch and harmony are becoming less important.”


I promise.

If Maestro Gielen can tell me how to find similarities or differences from these two articles, and prove his lecture through his concerts featuring the Soloist Bashkirova, I will respect him in an open place. He protected Kremer’s poop for some clear reason, and that’s all I know about him as a human being. Whether he loved Furtwangler or not is his business. Once his interpretation reminds me of Furtwangler, it will become my business. No matter how he is regarded great in Germany, I am just not interested in old music, which sounds charismatic and therefore boring. Is it old-fashioned German music? Someone tells me, please.   

By the way, I am trying to imagine the characteristics of ML’s instruments. I hate the expensive audio system, which is manipulating musician’s natural sound and preventing my imagination. I prefer my portable radio, which is perhaps the cheapest one. Who knows? This guy may be the real thing.

While reading various reviewers from the to write about the author ML, I was curious about Barenboim as an author and his reviewers. A Life in Music by Daniel Barenboim (Hardcover – April 2, 2003) 5 of 15 people found the following review helpful:

Had he only stuck to music, September 6, 2005, Reviewer: X (Jerusalem, Israel): The story of a child prodigy who realized his early musical promise and became one of the outstanding conductors living today is an inspiring success story. However at some point in his life Barenboim ceased to be simply a marvelous musician and began to become a political progagandist. Moreover his stature as moral human being is questionable. For his life is filled with incidents in which he shows a tremendous insensitivity to the feelings of others. Without delving into the private instances of this it is possible to cite his public behavior…


This book was published in 2003. Yet, this Jerusalemite wrote this review while Elena Bashkirova was best praised as the Muse in Jerusalem. Curious…

Here is another one: Parallels and Paradoxes: Explorations in Music and Society by Edward W. Said and Daniel Barenboim (Paperback – Mar 9, 2004) 11 of 11 people found the following review helpful:

Mildly interesting, but we’ve sorta been here before, September 9, 2004, Reviewer: X (USA): …The most interesting chapter to me was the last, where both men made a very persuasive argument that classical music is dying or dead because of a narrowing of our cultural and intellectual life, especially in America, excluding anything universal and to limiting one’s knowledge deliberately to a narrow sphere. It’s virtually a proud provincialism, reinforced and encouraged by our consumerism culture that discourages critical thinking and expanding horizons, prefering sheep to minds. Wisely, neither man professes to have “the solution” but they do show how it’s hard to really grasp the message of Beethoven this way, and I feel they have a strong point, one you won’t find dealt with in most classical magazines or programs, as they too are an encouragement of a sort of mindless capitalism (disguised as “Art”)…

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