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    Sunday's free concert in the Old Academy of Music (Budapest) was very good.



    Mozart: Symphony No. 33 in B major, K. 319
    Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216
    intermission
    Brahms: Serenade No. 2 in A major, Op. 16

    Miranda Liu (violin)
    Chamber orchestra of the student’s friends
    Conductor: Johannes Marsovszky
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    I couldn't pick a single event as there are a few which stand out in memory...

    - Sir John Barbirolli conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Mahler's 9th
    - A 30 year old Simon Rattle conducting Stravinsky's Petrouchka with the City of Birmingham Symphony
    - I am not a great Solti fan but he and the Chicago Symphony did a fantastic Mahler 5th on tour somewhere around late '72 or early '73
    - Maria Ewing singing Salome at the Royal Opera with Christoph von Dohnanyi conducting.
    - Gelsey Kirkland and Mikhail Baryshnikov dancing Balanchine's Theme and Variations with ABT (Tchaikovsky Suite #3)
    - Carlo Maria Giulini and the Los Angeles Philharmonic doing a fully staged Verdi Falstaff with Renato Bruson, Leo Nucci et.al.
    - Jon Vickers singing Peter Grimes with the Royal Opera/Colin Davis when they were in Los Angeles in '84

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiegendesLicht View Post
    This guy is going to conduct Mahler's 3rd symphony over here in Hamburg next May - I am sure it will be an unforgettable experience.
    There is a rumour circulating that Alan Gilbert will be replacing Thomas Hengelbrock at the NDR Elbphilharmonie. The orchestra has scheduled a press conference this friday.

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    Sorry, but there are two that are burned into my mind:

    I believe it was 1967. My 7th grade music teacher took less than a dozen students to the Metropolitan Opera House to see "Carmine." This was my first visit to the Met and my first opera. I was enthralled by the performance as well as the Met itself.

    In 1975 I saw a group (I wish I could remember their name--from Europe) perform Bach's "Brandenburg Concertos" on two different nights (3 one night, 3 the next) at Jorgenson Auditorium at the University of Conn. There was no sheet music on the stage....everyone knew their parts. I was thoroughly familiar with the repertoire and loved their performance. It was glorious!
    I love music. I want music. I need music.

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    At Indiana University Auditorium, a 1975 concert by Luciano Pavarotti. Faculty and many vocal students including opera singers at IU School of Music were in attendance. I don't even remember the repertoire (was a piano major then). He was in fine form, his high C rang out perfectly, but what really impressed me was his rapport with an audience of admirers who I knew were also very tough critics. Yet at the end we all rose as one, in my case it seemed an invisible force was hauling me out of the seat, clapping and yelling!

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    The best classical events that I have attended were both the Steven Isserlis recitals in Harrogate and Leeds last year. He was performing with pianist Connie Shih. Also met him both times too and he was really nice!

    Now can't wait to see Joshua Bell in New Year with ASMF in Manchester.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SiegendesLicht View Post
    Richard Strauss, Eine Alpensinfonie, performed by the Hamburger Symphoniker, April 2nd of this year. It was a combination of one of my favorite musical works of all times and the fact that I was listening to it live for the first time in my new homeland. All my Germanophile dreams come true!

    But I believe I will yet get to have musical experiences that will make that one pale in comparison.
    The same day I wrote this post back in April I went to hear the 8th Symphony of Mahler. My first night at the newly opened Elbphilharmonie with 350 musicians performing this gigantic orchestral work - it was an experience that totally blew the Alpensinfonie out of the water.

    And then came August and Bayreuth, and the "Höchsten Heiles Wunder" of Parsifal, Amfortas singing with streams of blood flowing from him and Wagner's Transformation music resounding across the universe - and THAT was an event that is in a league of its own, the kind of experience one never forgets as long as one lives. I don't think the last one will be topped any time soon.
    ... yet for us will still remain the holy German art... (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)
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    I think I've mentioned this in another thread...
    My favorite concerts I attended are Håkon Austbø playing "Vingt Regards..." by Messiaen and Ricardo Gallén playing all Bach lute-suites. A few years ago I finally heard a string quartet too, the Vertavo quartet playing Beethoven and Ruders and a Mozart Piano concerto arrangement featuring Paul Lewis (he's married to the cellist). Another memorable evening was the Aranjuez with Oslo Phil. with Pepe Romero who rules that concerto! They also played "Andalucian Nocturnes" by Lorenzo Palomo.
    ...there are more too

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    Not easy. Stokowski doing the Symphonie Fantastique with the Philharmonia in about 1967 in the RFH, Barbirolli's last London appearance (Elgar 1) a few months before his death would both be on the short list.

    However, 1 September 1965, Proms - Royal Albert Hall. A special concert to celebrate Sir Malcolm Sargent's 70th birthday (actually in April).

    Walton: Coronation Te Deum
    Elgar: Cello Concerto - with Jaqueline du Pre
    Holst: The Hymn of Jesus
    Elgar: Symphony No 2

    Over 50 years ago - but it seared into my memory.

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    I have attended a Rachmaninoff recital by Mikhail Pletnev in Warsaw, Poland several weeks ago and it was absolutely terrific. The dynamics and articulation were fantastic.

    The repertoire (all by Rachmaninoff):
    Prelude op. 3 no. 2
    Elegie op. 3 no. 1
    Polichinelle op. 3 no. 4
    Barcarolle op. 10 no. 3
    Humoresque, op. 10 no. 5
    Prelude op. 23 no. 2
    Prelude op. 23 no. 4
    Prelude op. 23 no. 7
    Prelude op. 23 no. 6
    Prelude op. 23 no. 5
    Prelude op. 32 no. 8
    Prelude op. 32 no. 12
    Etude-tableau op. 39 no. 7
    Piano Sonata no. 1, op. 28

    And then two encores:
    Rachmaninoff - Oriental Sketch
    Chopin - Nocturne in C sharp minor no. 20

    Here's a recording with the same repertoire (but from a different city):


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