The “dreariest thing to drip from the Red Priest’s quill”

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July
2011

"Vivaldi" graffiti, location unknown (photo: Shallom Johnson)

Tom Service discovers that music critics get tired of certain pieces, to the point of revulsion.

This month’s BBC Music Magazine dares to ask music critics which classical works make them “weep with boredom”. There’s some suprising answers. Fiona Maddocks yawns through the tedium of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas – up to the sublime Dido’s lament, the Times’s Richard Morrison reckons Vivaldi’s Gloria is the “dreariest thing to drip from the Red Priest’s quill”, while John Allison finds Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream “a rare instance of Britten going on too long”.

More: Bored by Brahms? Do you find Telemann tedious? (Guardian)

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