'As always, it was sheer pleasure to observe Robin Hill's remarkable fluent technique: everything looks easy when he plays it.' Colin Cooper- Classical Guitar Magazine ----- 'Wonderful for their (Hill & Wiltschinsky) precision, touch and clarity of sound... refined virtuosity, the achievement of a long interpretive process.' Il Giornale D'Italia (Rome) ----- 'I loved your CD and thought your technique and performance were fabulous...' Rick Wakeman

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

From Rachmaninov to The Mousetrap

I listened to the BBC Radio 4 programme I mentioned the other day, 'Tales from the Stave'. Francis Fyfield talked to conductor Marin Alsop and music critic Geoffrey Norris about Rachmaninov's Second Symphony finally being restored and now on loan to the British Library. The enthusiasm as they looked through the hand written score was infectious and it reminded me of the points I made in my blog the other day.
Future generations won't be able to see the work unfold, with alterations being made, as composers now often work through music software programmes. But, if you read my earlier blog, it does offer some suggestions as to how future historians will still be able to unravel the composer behind the music by looking in a slightly different way.
Meanwhile down in London, Robin is finishing his last day at ExCel, supporting Brazilian Springs in their quest to save the rainforest. The whole team have worked very hard and Robin has played his guitar for so long that I don't think he has any fingerprints left. Actually, he doesn't have any on his left hand anyway, they were worn away many years ago and only string shaped grooves remain.
As a reward for all their hard work they are off to St.Martin's Theatre tonight to see 'The Mousetrap', the longest-running murder mystery in the world.
Well, even Robin has to have a night off occasionally.

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