Friday, 1 October 2010

Portsmouth Sinfonia

Here’s a little Friday something which, if you haven’t seen it, is pretty much guaranteed to make you smile. This recording from the 1970s forms part of a project by artist Gavin Bryars – entitled the Portsmouth Sinfonia. The ‘orchestra’ was formed by a group of Portsmouth College of Art students, who couldn’t play their respective musical instruments (and features Brian Eno, and a young Michael Nyman). By choosing popular classics that all the players knew, the result was a hesitant, vague, group approximation of the original tune. This one, a version of Also Sprach Zarathustra by Strauss is the funniest...

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