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    Queyras is a great cellist indeed, some 5 yeas ago I saw him playing the great Lutoslawsky concerto here. and I have the Harmonia Mundi CD of him playing the great cello concertos of Haydn. I would recommend it to anyone.

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    He is really a fine cellist. In fact I'm thinking of getting his Bach Cello Suites CDs:


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    After last night's Gershwin concert, I gotta say, I'm starting to see Mirror Image's point.. I guess I just hadn't noticed about the people, but it's true that you have to deal with a lot of dumb people.. I mean, first there's the fake bourgeoisie people with their fanciest attire and their most pricey pearls, who have the most moronic discussions on classical music ever (I hadn't ever bothered listening in).. Then there are the legions of old people who are just loud and obnoxious.. There was this guy next to me who thought he was Beethoven incarnate, acting like he was conducting the music, except he was like half a beat off the whole time and would yell "bravo" at the top of his lungs after every piece..
    But, there's still few things as exciting as hearing an orchestra live, and the music truly takes a new dimension.. It was a great performance, and the Porgy and Bess excerpts were incredibly entertaining, with an extremely charming tenor in This Sporting Life.. I really enjoyed it..
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    Quote Originally Posted by andruini View Post
    After last night's Gershwin concert, I gotta say, I'm starting to see Mirror Image's point.. I guess I just hadn't noticed about the people, but it's true that you have to deal with a lot of dumb people.. I mean, first there's the fake bourgeoisie people with their fanciest attire and their most pricey pearls, who have the most moronic discussions on classical music ever (I hadn't ever bothered listening in).. Then there are the legions of old people who are just loud and obnoxious.. There was this guy next to me who thought he was Beethoven incarnate, acting like he was conducting the music, except he was like half a beat off the whole time and would yell "bravo" at the top of his lungs after every piece..
    But, there's still few things as exciting as hearing an orchestra live, and the music truly takes a new dimension.. It was a great performance, and the Porgy and Bess excerpts were incredibly entertaining, with an extremely charming tenor in This Sporting Life.. I really enjoyed it..
    You know what? I would LOVE to go to a concert where people actually respected the music and didn't speak or talk during a performance, but this is just something that I find very unnecessary.

    Many weeks ago, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (cond: Robert Spano), performed Stravinsky's "Symphony of Psalms" and Mozart's "Requiem." I WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE SEEN THAT!!!!

    I have absolutely nothing against seeing a concert. I just think with the way people are, the price it costs for a ticket and just the overall hassle, really just keeps me from going.

    I agree there's nothing like hearing it live, but there's absolutely nothing like hearing a great recording coming out of a great stereo and speakers sitting in solitude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirror Image View Post
    You know what? I would LOVE to go to a concert where people actually respected the music and didn't speak or talk during a performance, but this is just something that I find very unnecessary.

    Many weeks ago, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (cond: Robert Spano), performed Stravinsky's "Symphony of Psalms" and Mozart's "Requiem." I WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE SEEN THAT!!!!

    I have absolutely nothing against seeing a concert. I just think with the way people are, the price it costs for a ticket and just the overall hassle, really just keeps me from going.

    I agree there's nothing like hearing it live, but there's absolutely nothing like hearing a great recording coming out of a great stereo and speakers sitting in solitude.
    A good think in a concert hall is that I can meet friends and have a good conversation before and after the concert, it is a social event as well as a musical. And listening to music live is much better than music at home (obviously except if the performers are good), there are still so many things which can't be captured in the recordings...

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    I read reviews of hi-fi equipment and know that you can spend tens or even hundreds of thousands ($ or £) on systems which they say "approaches" true realism - but it's still not quite there, it can never be. I know the satisfaction you can get from a great recorded performance, and the fact that it has no coughs and sneezes, but it's still a reproduction and therefore somewhat artificial and "sterile". I'd urge all classical fans to at least try a live concert - it's just a different experience, for some it's better and for others it's worse, but it has to be tried. I was tired when I went recently, after a hard day, but during the performance I just sat transfixed in awe - everyone around me melted away so I became unaware of them, it was just me and the performers and the music.
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    I just attended an "Emerging Artist" recital.
    While, they are not mature musicians, it was amazing to see how talented 12 y/o's can be.
    The youngsters are truely gifted!

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    I was excited about today's concert. Great pieces were about to play: Schumann's piano concerto and his "Spring" symphony. I've been back just some time ago, and I'm a little disappointed. The solist in piano concert was very young (25 years old) girl from France and I missed some feeling in her playing. A little bit clumsy. The symphony (conductor: Reinhard Seehafer) also was out of panache.

    Great concert anyway. They wasn't bad enough to blow such pieces of music.

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    Hi everyone,
    Here in amsterdam there is a summer festival in the Concertgebouw.

    Ill be going to four concerts there:
    1. Beethovnes Egmont Overture + Dvoraks 9th symphony + Saint-Saens 5th piano concerto
    2. Abel 7th symphony, Mozart 41st, Bach Sinfonia in D, Mozart concerto for two pianos.
    3. Beethoven violion concerto in D, Kodaly Concerto for orchestra, Dvorak 7th
    4. Grieg Peer gynt, Mendelssohn Midsummer overture, Mussor/Ravel Pictures, Mozart clarinet concerto in A, Ravel Bolero and Tzigane.

    Tomorrow im going to see Beethovens 9th

    And in the past weeks i have seen ballets on music of Gershwin and an opera by Janacek.

    Oh and a university orchestra from Edinburgh playing Borodin - IN the steppes.. , Copland - Fanfare, Sibelius 1st, and a number of choral works by Handel, BErnstein and lotti.

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    I just came back from seeing the OFUNAM conducted by Ronald Zollman.. It was an amazing concert.. They played Dukas' Sorcerer's Apprentice, Saint-Saëns' 2nd Piano Concerto (with Jean-Philippe Collard), Fauré's Pelléas et Mélisande, and Roussel's Bacchus et Ariane Suite No. 2..
    The Dukas and the Fauré were both exremely good, and the Roussel was great as well, but there were a few parts where the complexity of the piece beat the orchestra, I think..
    The Saint-Saëns was magnificent.. Collard was just brilliant.. Impeccable technique, great sound.. Couldn't have been better.. I got to meet him after the concert too, he's a really nice man, and he signed my Fauré Piano Music set!
    Overall, one of the best concerts I've seen in a while..
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    Went yesterday to see the Orquesta Sinfonica de Minería in their summer season under Carlos Miguel Prieto.. They're doing the whole Haydn and Mendelssohn thing.. They played Haydn's 88th Symphony, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with Philippe Quint (he also played Saint-Saëns' Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso as an encore), and John Adams' Harmonielehre.. The Haydn and Mendelssohn were great, but Harmonielehre really blew me away.. I was sitting right behind the percussion and the horns and when I got out of there, my ears were ringing as if I had just seen My Bloody Valentine.. It was quite something..
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    Just got back from seeing the following performances:

    Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Miguel Harth-Bedoya conductor.

    Rafael Leonardo Junchaya: Varidanzas, homenaje a Béla Bartók
    Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, op. 47 - Midori, violin
    Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, op. 68

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmg View Post
    Just got back from seeing the following performances:

    Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Miguel Harth-Bedoya conductor.

    Rafael Leonardo Junchaya: Varidanzas, homenaje a Béla Bartók
    Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, op. 47 - Midori, violin
    Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, op. 68
    Just got back from this concert myself dmg! I thought Midori was wonderful. She gives of her whole self when she performs. I was really glad to have the opportunity to see her live. The Brahms was fabulous and Michael Shih's small violin solo was beautiful. The Junchaya was my least favorite of the evening but quite enjoyable none the less. I had never heard the Junchaya before and it was a very interesting piece. One I may have to see if it is available on CD.

    They performed a small encore too but I didn't catch who the composer was. It was fantastic! Do you know what piece it was?

    Kevin

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    I went to a Concert of Dvorak's New World Symphony plus single movements of four other symphonies (Beethoven 6, 7 and 9 and Saint Saens 3). It was based on the 'Classic 100 Symphony countdown' which he have just had in Australia, so their was no programme given beforehand. The Orchestra was the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Graham Abbot.

    I have to say this live performance gave me an appreciation for the subtlety of Dvorak's orchestration. I'm not sure how well he compares to other composers - probably all first rank composers are pretty skillful when it comes to this. But seeing the double bases plucking away their own melody underneath what everyone else is doing, or watching a phrase being passed around the orchestra gave me an appreciation that I didn't get from hearing a CD. If I had better ears I might be able to pick out more details from a recording - I must learn - but hearing it live was magnificent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Pearson View Post
    Just got back from this concert myself dmg! I thought Midori was wonderful. She gives of her whole self when she performs. I was really glad to have the opportunity to see her live. The Brahms was fabulous and Michael Shih's small violin solo was beautiful. The Junchaya was my least favorite of the evening but quite enjoyable none the less. I had never heard the Junchaya before and it was a very interesting piece. One I may have to see if it is available on CD.

    They performed a small encore too but I didn't catch who the composer was. It was fantastic! Do you know what piece it was?

    Kevin
    Midori was a machine. Everything was executed perfectly, and with so much passion. Loved the Brahms performance as well.

    I've submitted the question to the FWSO about that last piece. I, too, couldn't remember the name of the composer or the piece. I thought he said you could purchase a CD of the piece at the Hall? I'm not sure...

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