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Oxford Lieder Festival and the art of curation

By Jonathan Rée  

Oxford Lieder Festival

After 16 days of the amazing Oxford Lieder Festival—miscellaneous events in the daytime and formal classical song recitals every evening—I find a funny old slogan going round my head. “Science is social relations,” or so the radical scientists used to say in the seventies, and they may or may not have been right. No doubt about it, though, music is social relations.

To the uninitiated, recitals of classical song are hideously artificial. Not…

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