I actually played an entire concert (funded 100% by the composer) of the music of Richard Nanes at Town Hall about 20 years back. Frankly, it was some of the worst music I have ever played (or heard), but I can't knock the man for trying. I realize that taste is what one makes of it and that there are others capable of appreciating that which I cannot. Getting paid union scale for a concert is not something I ever learned to take for granted and Nanes at least knew that a cut-rate presentation of his symphonies and concerti wasn't going to help his cause any.
Along the way, I seem to have acquired a couple of Nanes LPs on the Delfon label as gifts from one of my sadistically inclined friends (?). One contains his symphonies 1 & 2 (both in Bb major) and the other the "Rhapsody pathetique" for violin (Eugene Fodor) and orchestra, Symphony for strings and Concerto grosso for brass trio and chamber orchestra. The jacket blurbs (uncredited) associates lots of names (Menuhin, Palestrina, Mozart and Bach) with Nanes and his work based on his position as Composer-in-residence at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart somewhere in New Jersey, though the connections remain unclear.
David Lewis wrote:Karl,
That's a good question; even I have no idea. All those products, and the ad
on the back of the Schwann for years. I really tried to get a grip on Nanes,
and technically he is a very skilled player. But I couldn't get past his
lapses of taste.
David N. Lewis
Assistant Classical Editor, All Music Guide
"Never treat an audience as customers-always treat them as partners." - Ted
-----Original Message----- From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:ARSCLIST@xxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Karl Miller Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 9:45 AM To: ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [ARSCLIST] Richard Nanes
And speaking of Nanes, does anyone know anything about his story. Karl
David Lennick <dlennick@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: Nanes. Richard Nanes.