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John Butt makes Handel’s Messiah for the children

12th December 2015 – The Scotsman, Ken Walton

FROM Glasgow to Seville, the indefatigable John Butt is putting on four productions of Handel’s Messiah this month, including one aimed at children.

Was Bach really a ‘tasteless and chaotic composer’?

 on the Spectator:

It’s just not what you expect to hear on Radio 3 but I happened upon Music Matters on Saturday morning and after playing us a clip from the opening chorus of St Matthew Passion Tom Service pronounced, ‘Bach is a tasteless and chaotic composer.’ I felt as if my ears had been syringed.

Service was actually repeating what one of his guests, the Bach scholar John Butt, had just asserted, as if to verify his intention.

You may want to listen to the actual radio programme for context!