Professor Chasan writes:
>I think that HIP is fine, and I like many cds issued under its banner.
>It just should not be taken as the be all and end all. ... That, after
>all, is the way of research. People use the word "research" as though
>it represented a monolithic movement toward THE TRUTH. That is not always
>the way it works. For me the moral is that purists are wasting their time
>unless they enjoy being purists.
I love many HIP recordings myself. What they often bring to the party
is clarity (important for playing Bach), rhythmic bounce (important for
dances), and textural lightness, even astringence. But I do agree with
Professor Chasan. Right now, I'm listening to Tureck playing Bach on the
piano, and I'm just about raptured out (it's hard work being happy all the
time). I agree completely with the sentiments expressed above. Somehow
the phrase "artistic truth" - never all that specific in the first place -
has become corrupted to the point where it allows people to talk about
"correct" and "incorrect" and "right" and "wrong," the latter in a moral
sense. For me, aesthetics and the arts are mainly about "better" and
"worse" and "effective" and "ineffective."
[It's getting so tht you can't swing a baroque violin around here without
hitting a straw man. -Dave]