Disorganized as ever, I forgot to link to Independent writer Michael Church's interview -available at Andante.com - with the pianist Mikhail Pletnev. So here it is, at last. Pletnev's view of the long, slow decline of the classical repertoire seems to chime with Martin Kettle's much-discussed column in the Guardian:

In a memorable radio interview last year he declared that Western classical music was completed, and therefore "over": in his view there would be no more great works. Does he still adhere to that view? "Of course. Everybody knows that. There is a time to throw stones, and a time to collect them up." Come again? "Those words are from the Bible. Now we are collecting the stones. It means there is a time for everything. There is a time for ancient music, and a time for jazz." What music is it the time for now? "Probably pop." So when you compose, you are outside your own time? "Yes. I compose in the way I was brought up. In the language of Rachmaninoff. That is how people of our generation feel. There were certain circumstances which helped classical music to be born, then it hit the heights. It's like a mountain range you don't know exactly where it starts, but suddenly you are in the heights. Then you go on, then you are among smaller hills, then no more mountains - it is finished. For me the last great mountain was 30 years ago - Shostakovich's 15th Symphony."

If you're not convinced, Alex Ross offers a dissenting opinion at his blog, The Rest Is Noise.
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