I posted the post above very “fresh”, perhaps 20 minutes after the concert was over. This morning I woke up very late – very atypical to me. I know my body and I know how it reacts to great music – a short period after a great performance I feel hyper active and then I fall asleep absolutely dead. Then I have a long slip and I wake up completely ….resurrected.
This morning I was thinking about yesterday’s Michael Tilson Thomas’ Mahler Second. I decided do not spoil the fun and do not listened the performance again – what I remember is what I like. Then I began to think about the last night performance from a wider perspective, from a perspective of communicating mechanism. In my field of sound preproduction I have come across to what MTT did. In fact all of you did, think about cartoons.
A cartoonish depicting usually implies a very narrow and very sharpen amplification of a single point or limited amount of points that the most effectively work for consumption of intended metaphor. This is why we have memories the TV cartoons as they are elaborate and full presentation of really but if we look the cartoons again then we shocked how minimalist they are. The MTT did very much the same. He squeezed out of the Resurrection the metaphoric core and played the rest of the score with no aphesis. That was brilliant and wonderful, I just wish I could live my life like this – knowing what is important and what is secondary…
There is another thought that cruse my mind this morning. In 1973 the trustee of BSO were debating who would become a new musical director of Boston Symphony. There were two candidates –young Michael Tilson Thomas and Seiji Ozawa. Reportedly Ozawa won as the Board decided that Ozawa’s charismatic hair will be more effective on the BSO advertising. How freaking sad! Would it be Mr. Thomas then how much great music we would be having here in Boston instead of the 29 years of Ozawa’s nothingness? The most important- where would be the BSO today if we kidnap Mr. Thomas almost 40 years back? We all observe what MTT does artistically in the West Cost and despite of the last year’s controversies Michael Tilson Thomas yesterday showed himself off not as juts a great conductor but as one of the greatest musical Thinker of our time.Romy the Cat
"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche