Tonight I went to the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre in Orlando, Florida to see my second symphony ever.
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concert No. 2
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5
I was familiar with Rachmaninoff but not Shostakovich, what a treat!
Than it's great that you were acquainted with him via a concert.
Great music venue you went to. That's one of my favorite centres. Played some Bach and Tchaikovsky over there a few times...
It's a nice, intimate setting but I was surprised it wasn't miked.
In my country,going to concert mean the one have very good educational background or have much money.
It's not easy for everybody to go to a concert.
Australian Chamber Orchestra, "Beethoven 4"
Dejan Lazic, piano/Richard Tognetti, director
(Sydney Opera House, Nov. 22)
Dean - Testament
Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 4; Symphony No. 4
I really enjoyed this concert. The highlights for me were the new piece by Australian composer Brett Dean, and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4. The Dean piece was about Beethoven's struggle with deafness, and the composer tried to put this across with bows (almost) noiselessly moving across strings and wind instruments being blown with barely a sound coming out.
It was interesting to hear the Beethoven pieces played by smaller forces, as I am familiar with the works from recordings made by full symphony orchestras. The Piano Concerto No. 4 was particularly well done, with the soloist Dejan Lazic playing quite delicately to match the smaller sound of the chamber orchestra. The only thing I didn't like were his own cadenzas, which sounded like Brahms, and wholly out of place in a Beethoven concerto. But the audience loved him, and he played an encore by Chopin. The Symphony No. 4 was also well done, I especially liked the brisk tempos of the final movement. All in all, this was a very enjoyable concert.
Went to The Queens Hall in Edinburgh to see Meadows Chamber Orchestra perform
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No3 inG
Stravinsky Concerto in D for string orchestra
Bach Violin Concerto in A minor
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No1 in F
Stravinsky Concertino for 12 instruments
Bach Violin Concerto in E
The latter two being my favourites of the night.
Alexander Janiczek was violin soloist and played the on loan 1716 `Baron Oppenheim' Stradivarius it really was a special evening.
I was lucky enough to obtain tickets to see Itzhak Perlman perform tonight at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre in Orlando, Florida. It had been sold out since early September and I was on the waiting list all that time.
Itzhak Perlman, violin
Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 4:00 pm
Carl Maria von Weber: Ruler of the Spirits, J.109, op. 26, E-flat major
Beethoven: Violin Concerto, op.61, D major
Schubert: Symphony No. 9 D. 944 in C major, The Great C major
It was an amazing experience!