A concert Miss Mussel reviewed last week brought a fundamental question to the fore:
Which is more important: the program or the playing?
Audience: Would you go hear a great ensemble even if you weren’t that keen on the pieces or is repertoire the deciding factor?
Reviewers: Does imaginative programming trump less-than-excellent playing or is it all about the execution no matter how boring the program is?
Performers: Will a boring program adversely affect your playing or are you able to rise above?
Miss Mussel’s thoughts on the matter are, in a nutshell: as a civilian, it’s program over everything, as a journalist, execution is slightly more important but still a secondary interest on the grounds that shit is still shit even if it sparkles.
Over to you….