Tuesday, May 1, 2012

the story behind the album named Milo

Guy Johnston and Kathryn Scott, Milo

This Milo cello/piano album is dream logic music, particularly Frank Bridge's Cello Sonata in C major. Never heard of this composer before. The melodies sing along like an sleepy idyll until the piano kicks in the door like it's the cops.

A documentary was made about the album, which is interesting for a number of reasons. First of all, the story behind the album named Milo is for (also new to me) composer Mark-Anthony Turnage's son, also the cellist Guy Johnston's godson. Classical albums are rarely named because the music doesn't "belong" to the performer, which is also true for pop music or any music most of the time, but in the classical world, the lines are more carefully drawn.

Secondly, rock albums are forever given the behind the scenes treatment, often desperate cinematic attempts to reveal some sort of alchemy emerging from the often uninteresting confab of semi-pampered idiots and professionals that clean up their mess. Which is probably also the case for classical music too, but it was nice to see how this particular kind of sausage is made, or at least how the dream of it was manufactured.


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