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    Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. Don't remember the conductor. The solist was Andreas Brantelid.
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    I just got home from my first concert of the season. The Vancouver Symphony conducted by Bramwell Tovey.

    Walton Façade Suite #2
    Butterworth The Banks of Green Willow
    Elgar Cello Concerto, soloist Ariel Barnes, principle cello for the VSO
    RVW Symphony #4

    A super concert, Tovey does English music so well. He talked about each work before it was performed. Mr Barnes played the Elgar with lots of passion, he was clearly enjoying it. Being a member of the orchestra, he seemed to have a sense of being in it with the orchestra, rather than this soloist who just flies in for one show. He looked up to the conductor frequently, he leaned into the concertmaster, leaned over to his cello and bass colleagues when he needed to. He was saying "let's make music" rather than saying "look to me I'm the star soloist".

    The Walton was a lot of fun, played with élan. The Butterworth was lovely. The Symphony was noisy, chaotic and played well. I don't know it so I've nothing to compare it. I knew what to expect only from reading the program notes and what Maestro Tovey explained before they started. I really liked it, for all it's chaos. It didn't really sound like the RVW I knew.
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    Rameau and Mondonville Grand Motets, etc., performed by Les Arts Florissants/William Christie, at Cite de la Musique, Paris, October 2, 2014.

    CDLM's circular hall seats 1,000. Very good acoustics. Our seats were left orchestra, about row twenty. The hall was mostly filled, excepting some seats in the upper reaches.

    Over the years, French Baroque has not played even a small role in my classical music experience. A few Couperin and Rameau recs hadn't impressed, and quickly exited.

    Would this concert be different? Yes. Within minutes, I was admiring the vibrance, the precision of this well-oiled machine Les Arts Florissants. The tall elegant conductor was on top of every note, and leading his charges to places seldom heard on recordings.

    At the program's conclusion and several returns, Christie softly spoke that the first of two Rameau encores would be in tribute to Christopher Hogwood.


    Program (pdf en francaise):

    http://content.citedelamusique.fr/pd...e/np_14017.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by senza sordino View Post
    I just got home from my first concert of the season. The Vancouver Symphony conducted by Bramwell Tovey.

    Walton Façade Suite #2
    Butterworth The Banks of Green Willow
    Elgar Cello Concerto, soloist Ariel Barnes, principle cello for the VSO
    RVW Symphony #4

    A super concert, Tovey does English music so well. He talked about each work before it was performed. Mr Barnes played the Elgar with lots of passion, he was clearly enjoying it. Being a member of the orchestra, he seemed to have a sense of being in it with the orchestra, rather than this soloist who just flies in for one show. He looked up to the conductor frequently, he leaned into the concertmaster, leaned over to his cello and bass colleagues when he needed to. He was saying "let's make music" rather than saying "look to me I'm the star soloist".

    The Walton was a lot of fun, played with élan. The Butterworth was lovely. The Symphony was noisy, chaotic and played well. I don't know it so I've nothing to compare it. I knew what to expect only from reading the program notes and what Maestro Tovey explained before they started. I really liked it, for all it's chaos. It didn't really sound like the RVW I knew.
    Yeah RVW had his nasty side! I heard the Symphony # 6 in Boston last season.

    But only your 1st? I hit 3 over the weekend. I think that puts me up to 10 now. And I'm cutting back! It killed me but I skipped Mahler 10 at Maison and went to the McGill orchestra to hear Brahms 2 and the Nielsen flute concerto. I thought we wouldn't get to hear the Nielsen. After the opening piece - Sorcerer's Apprentice -someone came out and said the flute player's instrument was having a problem. So we had an early intermission. Then after that the conductor came out and said they would play the Brahms and by then hopefully the flute would be fixed. It was so I got to hear it.

    Then Saturday I went to Nashua - very good orchestra. Playing lush romantic favorites. Liebestodt from Tristan and Isolde, Brahms Violin Concerto and the Frank Symphony.

    Sunday it was back to Montreal where the NAC Orchestra from Ottawa was visiting. The main bridge was to Montréal was closed!! I had to take another bridge and deal with the traffic problems the bridge closure caused. Barely made it on time. Got a $40 rush ticket and sat in a $200 seat. Good deal. Glad I didn't miss the opening piece - Brio by Canadian John Estacio.
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    Today attended a marvelous (just as expected!) regular concert by Okayama Philharmonic Orchestra (conductor; Hansjörg Schellenberger) featuring 2 soloists - Andrea Griminelli (flute) and Margit-Anna Süß (harp).

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    In the beginning Schubert's Unfinished was played ... the first movement filled with heavy, depressive, and dramatic vibes was beyond expression, and via the second movement we could grab slow, steady, and gentle atmosphere based upon Hansjörg's conductor baton moving deeply, thickly. Mozart's Flute and Harp Concerto, created with gorgeous harp sounddrops and cool clear flute breezes, was so heartwarming and familiar enough for us to digest comprehensively. Yeah an encore Entr'acte played by two soloists just in a storm of applause was another brilliant gem today, let me say.

    Brahms' Symphony No. 1 could notify us his serious suffering upon the composition (for a decade) perfectly in an auditory manner. Upon this symphony, the second movement was beautiful, wonderful (Hansjörg's "Andante expression" is splendid really!). This concert was such a dream, also with another encore Mozart's Overture to Die Zauberflöte.

    Finally Andrea's Vivaldi album I've purchased.
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    And ... I've got signatures of Andrea and Hansjörg yay!
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    The playlist today:
    1. Schubert - Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759 "Unfinished"
    2. Mozart - Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra in C major, K. 299
    3. Ibert - Entr'acte (encore)
    4. Brahms - Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
    5. Mozart - Overture to Die Zauberflöte, K. 620 (encore)


    Thank you for reading this post.

    Keishiro (DamoX)

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    I have just come back from the cinema where Tosca was live broadcast from the Opéra de Paris.


    Though the production what, I thought, a little inconsistent, I loved the tourmented and highly dramatic Tosca, torn between hatred and remorse, and the perfectly despicable and bitter Scarpia...
    Great evening!


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    omega, glad you enjoyed Tosca, and that's a more reasonable way to see/hear it. IIRC Paris Opera wanted 249 Euro for a La Traviata ticket.

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    Beethoven, "Choral" Symphony.
    Napier Civic Choir and Hawkes Bay Orchestra.
    Absolutely stunning.
    ≥12

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    Last night's Albany Symphony Orchestra concert:

    Andrew Norman: Apart

    Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
    Joyce Yang, Piano

    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 'Pathetique'

    David Alan Miller, Conductor

    The Albany Symphony was in fine form last night. I have to say that the first work didn't do much for either myself or the girlfriend. I don't even know how to begin to describe it either. Many in the audience seemed to enjoy it though.

    During the Rachmaninoff though, the orchestra really began to shine. Neither Joyce Yang nor the orchestra overpowered one or the other. Afterwards, the GF said to me that she (Joyce Yang) "abused that piano". After the show, she was in the lobby chatting with the audience and signing autographs!

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    Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony was beautifully played. David Alan Miller, who conducted the Tchaikovsky from memory, has, in my opinion, turned the Albany Symphony into a force to be reckoned with. The audience applauded after the third movement but that didn't really bother me.

    However, more imporantly....

    SHE SAID YES!!
    There's no point being grown-up if you can't be childish sometimes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff W View Post
    However, more importantly....

    SHE SAID YES!!
    Congratulations!

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    Great performance, Jeff. Congrats.

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    Yesterday evening in Manchester
    Halle Orchestra Mark Elder conducting Paul Lewis Piano
    Brahms Piano Concerto 2
    Dvorak 8th
    Enjoyable evening, thought the Dvorak was better played by the Halle than the Brahms. It seemed to get a bit harsh in the climaxes of both pieces but more so the Brahms.
    My wife didn't like the sound of the piano

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff W View Post
    Last night's Albany Symphony Orchestra concert:

    Andrew Norman: Apart

    Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
    Joyce Yang, Piano

    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 'Pathetique'

    David Alan Miller, Conductor

    The Albany Symphony was in fine form last night. I have to say that the first work didn't do much for either myself or the girlfriend. I don't even know how to begin to describe it either. Many in the audience seemed to enjoy it though.

    During the Rachmaninoff though, the orchestra really began to shine. Neither Joyce Yang nor the orchestra overpowered one or the other. Afterwards, the GF said to me that she (Joyce Yang) "abused that piano". After the show, she was in the lobby chatting with the audience and signing autographs!

    2014-10-19 02.03.07.jpg

    Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony was beautifully played. David Alan Miller, who conducted the Tchaikovsky from memory, has, in my opinion, turned the Albany Symphony into a force to be reckoned with. The audience applauded after the third movement but that didn't really bother me.

    However, more imporantly....

    SHE SAID YES!!
    I used to date an hispanic woman from Albany. She's not hispanic is she?


    On subject - my concerts. Did the Albany one. Went to Holyoke Sunday. They have a little civic symphony that plays OK. If they play something unusual I go. They played Smetana's Wallenstein's Camp. Probably never will get to hear that again. Unless they make me music director in Boston someday!
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    Last night Philadelphia Orchestra.

    Anderson - The Stations of the Sun
    Mozart - Violin Concerto No. 4 - with Alina Ibragimova on Violin
    Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra

    The beginning of Also Sprach Zarathustra is familiar to most of us. It's from the 2001 Space Odyssey movie.
    Mozart's VC 4 is one of my favorites. I thought Alina was wonderful, although some of her embellishments annoyed me.
    The Anderson thing was over my head.

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    Boston Phil - first time Zander has conducted the Rachmaninoff 2nd Symphony. He talked almost as long as the symphony went on! With no cuts.

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