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    We already got thread to write about our latest purchases and stuff that we are actually listening. How about topic to write about your latest classical concerts? I guess at least some of us attend them regular.

    So, today I went to live performance of Duisburger Philharmoniker orchestra conducted by Jonathan Darlington. The solist was Michael Roll. Setlist was fantastic - Vaughan Williams Fantasia On Theme by TT, Haydn Symphony B-dur, Berlioz Carnaval Romain and finally Beethoven's 4th piano concerto. Great performance. I almost lost my hands giving them applause they deserved.

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    On Tuesday I went to see the Prague Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jiri Kout (part of the Prague Spring festival). The programme:
    1) Martinu - The Spectre's Bride - I was unfamiliar with this work but it was very enjoyable, especially since it's the first time I've heard a world class choir (Prague Philharmonic Choir) in a first class hall (Smetana Hall in Prague) - quite spine-tingling.
    2) Tchaikovsky - Rococo Variations - the tone of Tatjana Vassilieva's Vaslin violoncello (built in 1725 by Stradivarius) was breathtaking - such timbre and resonance. We did not let her leave without playing something else, and she played some nice Bach to finish (one of the suites for solo cello).
    3) Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring - this is why I went, my first chance to hear this played live. Completely different experience to listening to a recording. The power was epic! I didn't completely warm to Kout's interpretation - but still, an experience I'll remember for a lifetime.
    A wonderful experience all round, and a nice balanced concert - I could have taken another piece or two though!

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    I saw a person belch on stage last week. That was pretty funny.

    I don't go see live music for two reasons: 1. the stupid people you have to deal with and 2. the waste of money it ultimately is, of course, these are just my opinions, but I can get a great experience from my stereo system turned up.

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    You're missing out, Mirror. This is the way it was intended to be heard after all, and nothing comes close. It was very relaxed here - no formal dress (smart yes but no silly DJs), no stupid or pretentious people, just genuine knowledgeable music lovers - this wasn't aimed at passing tourists it's been sold out for months. And it was very reasonable - 700 Czech crowns for the best seats in the house = $36 in your money, the programme was only 30Kc ($1.58) and a nice glass of chilled wine at the interval was 50Kc.

    I'm going more often!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jezbo View Post
    You're missing out, Mirror. This is the way it was intended to be heard after all, and nothing comes close. It was very relaxed here - no formal dress (smart yes but no silly DJs), no stupid or pretentious people, just genuine knowledgeable music lovers - this wasn't aimed at passing tourists it's been sold out for months. And it was very reasonable - 700 Czech crowns for the best seats in the house = $36 in your money, the programme was only 30Kc ($1.58) and a nice glass of chilled wine at the interval was 50Kc.

    I'm going more often!
    I'm missing out on what? Overpriced seats, the cost of gasoline, which it takes to go down there, the morons in traffic, and finally, again the stupid people you have to deal with.

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    Can we report on operas here too? I've been to two this week, done by Opera North at the Lowry near Manchester.

    Tuesday was Mozart's Seraglio - or was it? They'd changed the plot and the dialogue so radically that I wonder whether Mozart would have acknowledged it as his? If I were a big Mozart fan I'd probably have been quite cross, but as it was, I found it sometimes amusing (in a Christmas pantomime fashion), and I had a fairly pleasant evening in a forgettable sort of way - except for the set, which was very beautiful. They all seemed not-quite-engaged, I thought, as if they too found it all a bit not quite right.

    Wednesday was Verdi's Don Carlos. This was an experiment. I've never been able to get anywhere with Verdi in the past, but so many things have been changing recently that it seemed now might be the time to have another go. But cor blimey, guvnor, three and a half hours of sheer tedium is not my idea of a good night out. I was unspeakably bored - the first time I have ever actually been bored stiff by a live opera. Not Opera North's fault - the production was fine; the sets very effective; the singing reasonable, albeit not sparkling. No - Verdi's to blame. Well, either Verdi or me. Whichever, the experiment was an abject failure.

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    stupid people you have to deal with.
    Don't know what about you, but I don't deal with anybody when I'm on the concert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    Don't know what about you, but I don't deal with anybody when I'm on the concert.
    So you don't have to deal with traffic, people being in your way, people who won't quit sneezing or coughing, etc.?

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    OK you made your point, perhaps you can leave this thread for those of us who enjoy concerts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirror Image View Post
    So you don't have to deal with traffic
    If concert leasts almost two hours I can spare twenty minutes to get there.

    people being in your way
    Usually I just pass them by.

    people who won't quit sneezing or coughing
    Not really. People seems to have some manners here.

    etc.
    No. I don't have anthropophobia. You do?

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    In November I plan to see the Prague Symphony orchestra at Smetana Hall again playing (1) Ravel - Mother Goose, (2) Berlioz - Harold in Italy, (3) Stravinsky - Firebird. Another cracking programme I can't resist. Tickets aren't on sale yet though!

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    I love going to concerts. Can't wait for the new season of the San Diego Symphony to get into full swing...!
    "Music is not philosophy." --Akira Ifukube

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    Well, I'm singing in one tonight if that counts.. We're singing Vivaldi's Gloria RV 289 (the whole thing, not just the famous part), as well as Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes and Barber's Sure on this Shining Night.. And some other stuff too.. It should be good..
    And tomorrow I'm going to see the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico play Gerswhin's American in Paris, Rhapsody in Blue and selections from Porgy and Bess.. Can't wait!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    If concert leasts almost two hours I can spare twenty minutes to get there.


    Usually I just pass them by.


    Not really. People seems to have some manners here.


    No. I don't have anthropophobia. You do?
    Well, we do live in other countries, perhaps people are more appreciative of music where you live.

    I'm jealous you live in a beautiful city, historic city like Prague. I, at one point, would like to visit it.

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    Two concerts at the Barbican in London last month:

    Haydn Cello Concerto in D major
    Mahler Symphony No 5 in C sharp minor
    BBC Symphony Orchestra
    Jiří Bělohlávek Conductor
    Jean-Guihen Queyras Cello


    The cello concerto was pretty good but I was after Mahler's 5th, with high expectation. May be because I'm used to the recordings such as Bernstein/VPO or Solti/CSO's, I was left disappointed. The interpretation of Bělohlávek was pretty strange at times and the orchestra sounded sluggish.

    Elgar Introduction and Allegro for Strings
    Stravinsky Orpheus
    Brahms Violin Concerto, Op 77
    Nikolaj Znaider violin
    Sir Colin Davis conductor
    London Symphony Orchestra


    The Elgar piece was written for LSO in 1905 and the orchestra performed it beautifully. Brahms's violin concerto was played brilliantly too, Nikolaj Znaider's performance was truly wonderful, earned him a standing ovation. And the Stravinsky is just very...Stravinsky.

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