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    Quote Originally Posted by phlrdfd View Post
    I was at this one last night. While Yannick didn't choose the most popular sections of the Nutcracker, what he did pick highlighted the Orchestra's sound perfectly. If I had closed my eyes, I may have thought Ormandy was conducting. I enjoyed it tremendously. The fifth symphony was also outstanding. The tempos weren't pushed to extremes in the operning movement like they were under Eschenbach (I'd say Tchaikovsky's fifth was one of the few highlights during Eschenbach's tenure here), but again, the orchestra's sound was much bigger than under either Eschenbach or Dutoit when they conducted the 5th here. This was certainly at or near the top of the heap among performances of this symphony that I've seen live over the years.
    Totally agree with your points on both readings. When the season was first announced I actually thought they were going play more Nutcracker, but I'm glad they went with some of the less-commonly played selections. When I saw what they were going to play I actually made a bet with myself about the number of people who would end up clapping too early thinking that 'Waltz of the Snowflakes" was the finale. I won ()

    I have the recording Eschenbach made (and was actually at the concert), and while it's a good performance, it's a bit too extreme with the tempi for my liking. Nezet-Seguin's take was marvelous, and one of the best concert experiences I've had in general with that work. My father, who adores this symphony, was smitten.

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    There was an unusually long delay between the Glazunov and the Nutcracker highlights. I think the ushers let students sit in unfilled seats. The Glazunov "Winter" is very short; probably a little under 10 minutes. A handful of people arrived late. After the Glazunov, the usher brought those people into the hall and had to get the students out of their seats. Yannick took it all beautifully. After turning to watch, he told the ushers to take their time and even pointed out a few open seats near the stage. After a while he sat down on the podium until the commotion was finished. It must have lasted about 10 minutes. That policy of seating students in empty seats may have to be revisited when the program opens with a short piece.
    That's exactly what it was, and usually nothing comes of it, but this time it was an extremely long delay due to the number of people that were late, and how long it took the ushers to find their seats and remove the students. You're right, Yannick did the best he could while still finding the humor in it, and involved the entire hall in a well-intentioned laugh at their expense!

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    The Russians just keep on coming for the Philly Orchestra in January!

    Saturday, January 23rd

    The Philadelphia Orchestra
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
    Marc-André Hamelin - Piano

    Rachmaninoff - Prelude in C-sharp minor
    Turnage - Piano Concerto
    INTERMISSION
    Rachmaninoff - Symphony No. 2

    It's not every day you get to hear a new piano concerto (American premiere), but I'm very glad to have the opportunity to check it out.

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    I'm skipping this week's Philadelphia Orchestra program, but I'll be going to this one next week:

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor

    Kirill Gerstein - Piano

    Beethoven - Symphony No. 5
    Shostakovich - Piano Concerto No. 2
    Shostakovich - Selections from Suite from the film The Gadfly

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    Tomorrow in Bradford it's chamber music with the Vienna piano trio. Beethoven piano trio in Bb op 97. Archduke.
    Brahms piano trio in B. Op 8. Original version.

    Then to leeds on Saturday for another concert.
    Beethoven Overture: Fidelio,
    Mozart Piano Concerto No 23 and Bruckner Symphony No 4 which I've been listening to all week to get more familiar with it.

    BBC Philharmonic orchestra
    Juanjo Mena - conductor
    Javier Perianes - piano

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    Russians tonight at Troy music hall:

    MARIINSKY ORCHESTRA

    Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Guest Conductor

    TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet overture-fantasy (1880)
    PROKOFIEV Suite No. 3 from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 101
    RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13

    3rd Russian orchestra I am going to this season. Rach 1 played by Russians - quite a treat!
    Last edited by Radames; Jan-29-2015 at 17:15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phlrdfd View Post
    I'm skipping this week's Philadelphia Orchestra program, but I'll be going to this one next week:

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor

    Kirill Gerstein - Piano

    Beethoven - Symphony No. 5
    Shostakovich - Piano Concerto No. 2
    Shostakovich - Selections from Suite from the film The Gadfly
    I will be attending this as well. Saturday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightscape View Post
    I will be attending this as well. Saturday.
    And we've got an all-Russian program coming up in two weeks with Gergiev guest conducting The Philadelphia Orchestra in symphonies by Stravinsky (in C), Shostakovich (9th) and Prokofiev (5th).

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    Yup, and I'll be there too. Can't miss an opportunity to see Gergiev for the first time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightscape View Post
    Yup, and I'll be there too. Can't miss an opportunity to see Gergiev for the first time!
    He actually conducted Schubert's 9th the last time he was here, about five or so years ago. I enjoyed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trazom View Post
    I got a center front seat to see Bach's St. Matthew Passion on January 31st. I'm very excited for this, it's been a long time since my last concert.
    And that concert is TODAY in the next few hours, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra and LA Children's choir performing at Walt Disney Concert Hall. I only have a few parts of the Matthew Passion I like and am familiar with, but I've read seeing it live changes everything. Hopefully, that will be the case this afternoon.

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    6.5 hours before I attend this:

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    I'm looking forward to hearing The Halle in Manchester this Thursday playing Nielsen's 3rd symphony 'Sinfonia espansiva'. There also playing Shostakovich's 1st Cello Concerto, another piece I like, and a selection from Grieg's Peer Gynt - which I guess just about every body will like.

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    Done with lovely one last weekend:

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    Friday, February 13th

    The Philadelphia Orchestra
    Valery Gergiev - Conductor

    Stravinsky - Symphony in C
    Shostakovich - Symphony No. 9
    INTERMISSION
    Prokofiev - Symphony No. 5

    Immediately following the concert we will all be sworn in as citizens of the Russian Federation.

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    Looking forward to this next month:

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