Gosh, one week away and quite a lot has happened.
Perhaps the largest event was the UK premiere of "Einstein on the Beach" at the Barbican in London.
The BBC did an interview with Glass and Wilson about their creation. Here is Richard Fairman's rather snooty account of his attendence written in the Financial Times. But perhaps the most ignorant review was by a jackass named Rupert Christiansen of the Telegraph who:
"remains adamantly of the view that such stuff is flatulently pretentious in its wilful opacity and without aesthetic, intellectual or spiritual substance. It is also asphyxiatingly tedious and left me wanting to scream. Unless you are a paid–up devotee of the Glass–Wilson cult, avoid this like the plague."
This made my day. The fact that a great many people, including myself, find a great deal of aesthetic, intellectual and spiritual substance in Einstein is self-evident. Generations of short-sighted music critics have come and gone as this work marches on bringing great joy to people, must really drive them crazy.
To his credit, Mr. Clements of the Guardian simply calls Einstein "old fashioned." The way these writers contort themselves in every possible way to find a way to criticize is simply unbelievable. Do they find the Rite of Spring old fashioned enough to mention it in reviews? Is the Ring cycle old-fashioned? If calling something old fashioned isn't a criticism then surely they don't anticipate future productions of the work? That's strange because I anticipate many.
This same phenomenon happened around the recent perofrmances of Satyagraha. Certain works, whether I like them or not stand the test of multiple generations of audiences.
Mr. Michael Church of the Independent seemed to like the show, maybe it's in the British delivery, as I imagine these articles being read by nasally BBC reporters, but he ends his review like this:
"If you’re looking for 'meaning', this is a monumentally boring show. But if you just say yes, it’s intermittently glorious."
There is some lingering controversy in that apparently Bianca Jagger saw fit to snap flash photos during the show.