Monday, 8 October 2012
Europe through the Klangforum’s cloudy eyes
The Klangforum’s European series started at the Konzerthaus last week and the playing was simply outstanding, as it always is. But the programme notes and press materials which I had hoped would expand on the nominally anti-globalist concept weren’t forthcoming, leaving only ill-thought-out and uncomfortably imprecise statements about the big problematic beast that is nationalism. I’ve turned on this in my review since thematicization this rich in ideas ought to be discussed properly, and also because in Austria we’ve forfeited the right to talk about this subject in ambiguous, abstract language.