SoundNotion 65: Revolutions

Rob Deemer and Charith Premawardhana join the panel to discuss anthologizing composers, the Tokyo String Quartet’s official goodbye, the music initiative Classical Revolution, Kevin Puts’s Pulitzer Prize win, and much more!


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  • Just wanted to put in my 2 cents about the Rob Deemer article. I almost posted a reply over at New Music Box, but it’s such a mess over there that I refrained. However, I do think that Rob did a great job in his task – and what a task to take on!

    I host a music podcast called The 1,000 Recordings Podcast that is based on the book “1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die” by Tom Moon. We had Tom on the show recently, and he talked about the process of choosing the recordings for the book. During the initial stages, when the publisher was looking for the person to write the book, they chided him in a meeting for not knowing Celtic music – one guys was apparently really taken aback. Tom said, “Look, no matter who you get in here, they’re going to have their blind spots. You can get a classical guy in here who couldn’t tell you why Thelonius Monk matters, or you could get an indie rock guy that doesn’t know the first thing about classical or opera, etc.”

    My point is, no matter who was chosen to pick these three pieces, they would have had their own “blind spots” and certainly “left out” some group of composers. Rob really did as good a job as anyone could do with a task like this. I’m glad you guys talked about it on the show.