I will be blogging about the MSO and its "former" home on Sept 21. Suffice it to say that the former hall was a "Festival" hall, meant to host many types of events, and not specifically designed for symphony concerts. This new hall has been in the works, off and on, for over 30 years, and three is great anticipation for patrons of both Nagano's Montreal Symphony and Nezet-Seguin's Orchestre Metropolitain which will share the venue.
Montreal, after Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto (with two of them!) will finally have a world-class, acoustically superior, concert hall. It's about time!
The La Presse article mentions that the main attraction of the inaugural concert, Beethoven's Ninth, will be broadcast "tape delayed" on both the French and English services of the CBC (Radio, TV and Web) at 9 PM EDT.
Mr, Nagano will be conducting the OSM, OSM Choir and Tafelmusik choir of Toronto, with soloists Erin Wall (Canada), Mihoko Fujimura (Japan), Simon O'Neill (New Zealand) et Mikhaïl Petrenko (Russia).
I watched it on Radio Canada, and listened to the last 5 minutes on Espace Musique. I was not impressed with the way they mic'ed up the hall, though. And I could have gone without the circus performers on the TV broadcast. They also kind of ruined the 3rd movement with the dozen or so "spoken vignettes", some of which were out of place IMO. They should have done these between movements rather than super-imposing them over the music!
I wish I were there in person, and would have avoided all of that... I also wished I'd hears the three pieces in the first part of the concert, the Vivier a capella piece in particular.
Montreal’s new concert hall, hereafter referred to as La Maison symphonique (de Montréal) was officially inaugurated yesterday. Reviewers seem to back-up my observation (based on listening to the TV broadcast last night) that conductor, orchestra and staging need more time in the hall to “adjust” to their new surroundings.
Not to say the performance was unpleasant – though the TV broadcast had a number of “irritants” for my taste (read the La Presse article linked below on the “outdoor” portion of the concert, and some of the comments against the CBC blog).