The Rest Is Noise – press previews

The excitement is building about the opening of the year-long festival The Rest Is Noise, taking place at Southbank Centre throughout 2013. The festival opens tomorrow night (Sat 19 Jan), when the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski presents an all-Strauss programme, including the Dance of the Seven Veils and Final Scene from his controversial opera Salome.

Here’s some press coverage from the last few days …

Time Out London printed a two page festival preview which starts:
‘What do you imagine when you think of modern classical music? Weird dissonance? Impenetrable noise? Silence, even? Some of it is, but the music of the twentieth century, which encompasses everything from the great English romantic Elgar, to minimalist composer Philip Glass, is nothing less than an amazing journey in sound, wrought from a century of exponential technological progress and political cataclysm.’
Jonathan Lennie, 15 January 2013

Preview of the festival in Metro newspaper, with an interview with Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre, 17 January:
‘All art forms go through phases. Sometimes they decline in confidence and sometimes regain it,’ says Kelly. ‘So just as there’s been an explosion in the visual arts, the same can be true of classical music. But it won’t happen unless we invest in it and take the risk. When audiences feel there is a passion and excitement surrounding these works, they’ll bring their own passion and excitement.’
The inspiration for the festival, which took two and a half years to plan, sprang from Alex Ross’s wonderfully readable history of 20th-century music, The Rest Is Noise. ‘It’s a truly great book,’ says Kelly. ‘It puts contemporary music into its historical and political context in a way that people who aren’t music lovers will still be excited by. Like showing how the CIA were funding experimental atonal music in the Cold War. Fascinating.’
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Soprano Karita Mattila, who performs on 19 January, was featured on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’, on 17 Jan: listen again on iPlayer here

The Guardian video preview:
‘The first instalment of The Rest is Noise festival looks at what happened to classical music at the turn of the 20th century when the blast of modernity blew across Europe, when old imperial certainties were becoming shaky, when people flew in planes and drove in cars for the first time, Freud looked inside the human mind and Einstein overturned our view of time and the cosmos. In the early 1900s, Austro-German music was still the dominant force and Vienna remained the centre of a tradition which went back to Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.’
Gillian Moore, Head of Classical Music at Southbank Centre, writing in The Guardian (18 January 2013)
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Watch the preview video

Feature on BBC News website

Feature on Gramophone website

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