18 Sept 2015
Composers’ Intentions? Lost Traditions of Musical Performance Andrew Parrott
The Boydell Press, 2015.
Book review for Gramophone Magazine.
Many ensembles, such as Parrott’s own Taverner Choir, Consort and Players, turned forty recently and their performance legacy has enabled young ensembles raised on a diet of historically informed performance to impatiently push boundaries of baroque-and-beyond. Parrott’s writing stands out sharply from this joyful, mushrooming HIP-fest for its zealous, conservative scholarship. The writing is buoyant, urgent and enjoyable. I dubbed Parrott an éminence grise, yet he is perhaps more the Al Gore of early music: a harbinger of inconvenient truths.
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Awards issue: October 2015.