Had it been a Hoffnung-style concert with lots of new material, it might have been a great experience. As it was, it was dire, apart from the few Hoffnungy bits.
I'm looking forward to making my own mind up when this is shown on TV. I think it sounds like a hugely entertaining evening, and The Arts Desk reviewer certainly seems to have enjoyed it:-
We need all the laughs we can get at the moment, and if this Prom provided some, how on earth can that be a bad thing? Heaven forfend that Classical Music should ever be FUN! The very idea.....
Adn I'll bet it provided a lot more humour than the kindergarten antics of the Last Night Prommers which we're forced to endure every September. :doh:
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I do like comic songs, provided that they are well thought-out, perceptive and funny. Flanders and Swann ticked all those boxes. For a modern successor, listen to this:
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Of course-- and like I said, I thought some of it was quite good. But I suppose I find a rather low upper bound on on how funny a song about wanting to murder your children in their sleep can be.We need all the laughs we can get at the moment, and if this Prom provided some, how on earth can that be a bad thing? Heaven forfend that Classical Music should ever be FUN! The very idea.....
But hey, if you prefer your humour sour, jaded, and rotten, more power to you. Maybe I've spent too much time trying to fight off feeling nihilistic and depressed to find it uplifting. Black humor can be a very savage and destructive way to show searing contempt for everyone and everything-- like Baudelaire put it, "the man who laughs, but smiles no more". I don't want to encourage that in myself, so try to avoid the kind of humour that feeds it.
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"Music is the best means we have of digesting time".
W. H. Auden