Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Compare and Contrast 12

Reviews of A Sweeter Music:
  • Joshua Kosman, in the Chronicle: "There were also less persuasive offerings by Yoko Ono and the Residents."
  • Yours truly, in SFCV, on Ono's contribution: "The piece is simpleminded in the extreme..."
  • SF Civic Center, who said nothing about Ono, but agreed with me and Joshua about how good Jerome Kitzke's piece was.


Anonymous said...

I put my comment after the review.

Sarah Cahill said...

Thank you for that eloquent and thoughtful review, Lisa. Here are a few other comments to add to the mix. Allan Ulrich: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/9afe51c6-ecdc-11dd-a534-0000779fd2ac.html?nclick_check=1

and Richard Friedman:

I'm really grateful that you were there and appreciate hearing what worked and what didn't work.

Where is calimac's comment? Someone left a comment at sfgate after Josh Kosman's review, but it's blocked.

Terrible news in your latest blog post about arts and the economy. Let's hope the new administration redistributes some much-needed dollars in the direction of the arts.

sfmike said...

I thought the Yoko Ono piece was a rich dilettante's version of a High Colonic for Piano. It was very silly indeed, though Sarah almost made something of it. That was a fun concert, by the way.

Lisa Hirsch said...

Sarah, calimac's comment is at SFCV in the comments to the review. And you are welcome - I liked your playing so much! HARD program. I want to hear the Kitzke and Rzewski again.

Mike, well, I suppose that is one way to put it.