avoz wrote:I hope the beautiful rubato does not give rise to criticism from younger listeners (brought up on Rock?) who are preoccupied with machine-like regularity. Such ignorant criticism of recordings by Segovia, Llobet et al have never taken account of performance styles
in the early 20th c. - such ignorance could be wiped away by exposure to recordings by Heifetz, Kreisler and other string players.
Aye right! 'Cause rockers have never listened to anything with rubato have they? I mean Gary Moore, Mark Knopfler, Jimmy Page, et al played with such "machine-like regularity" didn't they?
Just because something has a steady beat, doesn't mean it's machine-like. If you listen to a good player playing Chopin, you'll find that the accompaniment/pulse should be rock steady whilst the rubato is in the melody (Chopin's directions I believe). Flamenco players also play around with rubato but the pulse has to be steady as a rock (rock music?).
Couldn't you have just said that it was nice without climbing on your favourite hobby horse (the young and their terrible music
). If it's not tongue in cheek then it's beginning to come across as snobbery and ignorant snobbery at that.
If it is tongue in cheek, add the odd couple of smilies. It can make all the difference.
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