On wishful thinking: the old in the new

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"One of the fundamental premises of science fiction is that the boundaries of time may, in certain circumstances, become fluid, and may thus give rise to improbable crossings. I wonder, on listening to this batch of recordings, whether we are in need of a new musical category, that of Musical Fiction. It cannot, of course, be said that we do not live in interesting times: crossover is certainly one characteristic of those times, and when done well it can offer some unusual insights, but I really wonder just how many would have predicted even ten years ago that 2014 would see the recording of two newly composed operas written largely in 17th-century style. This is exactly what we have in Elam Rotem: Rappresentatione di Giuseppe e i suoi fratelli (Joseph and his brethren) (Pan Classics PC10302, rec 2013, 86′) and Guido Morini’s Solve et Coagula (Alpha 537, rec 2014,..."
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)549-550
Number of pages2
JournalEarly Music
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2015


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