Just a quick post about my comments regarding the projections concert performance of Morton Feldman’s Projections II.
Following my review I did receive a very pleasant and measured email from the aforementioned conductor who wished to explain a few of the reasons for the performance problems. Due to our wonderful railway network, the scheduled rehearsal did not happen and the rehearsal on the day was unfortunately not as detailed as the conductor would wish. Additionally the electric piano was a barrier to the sonority of the piece, and of course this was not the conductor’s fault.
As a mere audience member, these issues were of course not in my thinking. I merely reviewed based on what I saw and heard. To be fair, I’ve participated in/organised my fair share of under-rehearsed concerts as well so I can’t be too critical!
I’d like to thank the conductor for contacting me and explaining the problems whilst admitting that the performance was disappointing.
Perhaps a repeat performance could happen…? Or is that just because I think we should hear more Feldman…!