posted by John Carey at 9:55 AM
I purchased the John Ogdon CDs and listened to them all about a year ago. I am 70, have played to piano all my life to a medium to good amateur status, rarely performing before a crowd, and "knowing about 20 pieces, mostly Chopin. I have a lot of sheet music, mainly for following the professionals, esp Horowitz. My musical education is mostly self-taught. although I did win a piano scholarship in college with the late great Leon Tumarkin.Honestly, Sorabji is one of the greatest BS artists of musical history and seems to have led numerous pseudointellectuals on a self-indulgent review and evaluation game. The Opus is long-winded and frankly a crashing bore, an endless stream of bloated random UNmusical notes slashed about with dissonance, an unpleasant porridge of dank and painful episodes, no real melodies, unlistenable and uninviting for a repeat hearing. I can only guess that he was a clever, possibly savant, charlatan and a game player who enjoyed deceiving the hordes of pretentious critics and hangers-on who indulged shamelessly in hyperinflated reviews of his hyperinflated "work."The amazing thing about it is, he was able to write down all those notes. That where his real talent lay.
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