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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Sunday, February 23, 1969

Page Two THE MICHIGAN DAILY Sunday, February 23, 1969

We all live in a
yellow submarine,
By DAVID SPURR

music

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Cologne Orchestra:

Yes

B
It's so

The Yellow Submarine is most splendiferous. Oh do see it, do. viewer to
A crazy old German artist named Heinz Edelmann has made view ofa
of our legendary pop heroes a true romance of animation. Think of saying go
it, just think of it! Big round Blue Meanies wearing black Mary Janes But once
strapped over striped orange leggings. Tangerine trees and marmalade h comes a
skies, rockinghorse people eat marshmellow pies. the list o and any
It is an odyssey of sorts. But any attempts at analogy must be ations o
tenuous at best. Through all the pseudo-violence and casual tragedy Last n
there is no death. The worst that ever happens to people is they get Colognet
stoned (really hardened) or maybe sucked into the vacuum-cleaner rected 1
nose of a man wearing blue spats. Bruehl a
A Great Books teacher I had as a freshman once said that was makes tt
what discerned humor from tragedy-the absence of death. cn
But there is more than just the absence of death in this wildly ca I say
colorful release from Apple Productions (the Beatles really had little ner-pr
to do with the film-they just own it).n The C
A touch of Chateaubriand mixed with healthy dose of Saul Stein- eleven y
berg. A magic make-believe world with seas of sneering bubbles and music wa
quivering rainbow fish-push a star-studded button in the yellow the gene
submarine and you're out of any predicament. OrchestrE
A little bit of despairing realism too-in the song "Eleanor Rigby", fresh in
where the yellow submarine travels through the dingy streets of Liver- masterfu
pool, streets are deserted, though filled with crowds of lonely people. Thei n
A woman strokes her cat. A newspaperman is standing on a building ed with
ledge, ready for the longest jump of his life. classical
And then the film takes us, too, on a fantastic jump and away orchestra
from our normal everyday dreary lives. It seems to say that if only this mus
things were such-and-such, if only things were so-and-so, we too in string
could have a Pepperland. "All you need is love." Hande
Love, although there is not one bit of erotic romance in the D Major
entire 90 minutes. Love, and the whole purple sky lights up with a the open
towering "OK." cise. And
The film doesn't.really have to be compared with anything else. continuo
It's exceedingly OK just to appreciate it for the psychedelic Sea of tazzling.
Science or the relative Sea of Time. The message is simple enough- but t
but last
Peace, Love, OK, conquers all, even the delicious wickedness in the holes in,
hearts of the Blue Meanies. three bae
The story even hits its moments of heroic sentimentalism, and job well.
gets .away with it with a sardonic humor pervading throughout. Helmu
For example, as the gigantic glove is blitzkrieging the stalwart pet soloi
citizens of Pepperland, the old mayor, undaunted, continues to play "Trumpe
the cello in his string quartet. "Finish the quartet!" he shouts, as tr. The
his fellow musicians drop off one by one into stoned state. smoothly
It has been said that the film suffers from an overdose of plot dynamic
anid an underdose of realism. But although those things may be true executed
about the film it suffers from neither. The Beatles' songs lift it out sadly th
of the Walt Disney genre into a new popular art form. We should like that we
to see more of the same from Herr Edelmann and his cohorts. tuosity.

y JIM PETERS
much easier for a re-
write a favorable re-
a concert, and I enjoy
ood things much more.
e in . a while a group
long which exhausts
f pleasant superlatives,
review sounds like var-
rn the word "good."
night's concert by the
Chamber Orchestra di-
by Helmut Mueller-
t the Rackham A u d.
hings difficult for me.
many different wa y s
ythey were very good?
ng was right: it was a
fect performance.
)rchestra was formed
ears ago when Baroque
as being "discovered" by
ral music audience. The
a is young in years and
sound, but absolutely
1l.
nusic of the first half
Baroque, and they end-
two offerings from t h e
era. The size of the
is exactly suited to
sic-only 14 musicians
ensemble.
l's "Concerto Grosso in
r, Opus 6, No. 5" was
ping piece, poised, pre-
d I hardly missed the
their playing was so
Ordinarily I would ob-
he lack of harpsichord;
night there were no
the harmony, and t h e
ss instruments did t h e
t Schneidewind, trum-
st in Giuseppe Torelli's
at Concert in D Ma-
s unbelievably fantas-
clarino line flowed
y, and he had beautiful
control. The trills were
without a miss. But
e concerto is so short
heard little of his vir-

The rest of the program fea-
tured the strings. In Bach's
"Two Violin Concerto in D mi-
nor," Ernest Mayer-Schierning
and Tomotada Soh made all of
Bach's involved counterpoint
look very easy. And conductor
Mueller-Bruehl held the orches-
tra and soloists in fine balance.
Violinist Soh returned in
Schubert's tiny "Rondo in A
Major," spinning the lyric mel-
odies in and out of the orches-
tral texture. This piece is in-
deed drawing-room music, de-
manding subtlety and sensitiv-
ity; and his perfect dynamics
keep all harshness far away.
Finally, and perhaps logically,
came "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik."
The four movements melted in-
to one Mozartean melody, buoy-
ant at times, and then suddenly
very gentle. It was a superbren-
dition.
Conductor Mueller-Bruehl is
exciting to watch. His rocking,

jumping, gesticulating to indiv-
idual members of his group are
just enough animation for the
audience to enjoy. Yet he never
lost control.
I was very impressed with the
tight ensemble, unflagging
tempi, and the overall con-
trol of the sound which he sus-
tained throughout the evening.
The musicians play very well,
but even the polish was obvious
last night, shinging brightly. All
this in eleven years; wait till
they get some history and tradi-
tion under their belts.
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