Runs with scissors

Any piece of music worth performing is worth performing uncut.

Any musician perceptive enough to deserve to perform a piece worth performing will know that it is worth performing uncut.

 

 Put the scissors down….

KW

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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2 comments on “Runs with scissors”

  1. Lisa Hirsch

    By and large, I agree with you, but I make an exception for Meistersinger, the most unfunny comedy in the repertory. It’s better with an hour trimmed.

  2. Kenneth Woods

    Hi Lisa-

    I guess many would say that opera is a special case as far as cuts, and I suppose in some repertoire that’s true. Certainly many early operas were never intended to be done uncut, but to be tailored to each cast. I suppose you can also make the case that in any sort of numbers opera, you can cut an aria or a scene without too much damage to the structure of the piece.

    On the other hand, I would find it hard to cut wagner because there is such a tightly organized plan. I’m curious what AC Douglas would say????

    That said, I’ve never thought Meistersinger was funny either, but I love the music (although Tristan is my faovorite)

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