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    My latest concert was the Silvester Gala at the Vienna Kursalon.
    The Alt Wien orchestra performed the best of Strauss and some famous Mozart pieces. Of course it was not a performance you can compare to the New Year's concert of the philcharmonics in the Musikverein, but it was the 31. December, very festive, very good mood, great venue - typical Vienna. After the concert there was a gourmet dinner, and afterwards we watched the fireworks from the terrace of the palace.

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    I saw the Philharmonic on Thursday playing:

    Haydn - Symphony no. 49
    Adams The Wound Dresser (Sung wonderfully by Thomas Hampson)
    Schubert Symphony no. 8 in B Minor, "Unfinished"
    Berg- Three Pieces for Orchestra.

    The most impressive, I thought, was the Berg. Gilbert really made that orchestra roar. A great piece, and under appreciated. Gilbert impresses me more and more as a conductor, I think if you give him a couple years he'll be a big name internationally. He just has to make some good recordings.

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    just saw, last night, Mahler 10 and Shostakovich 11.

    freaking GREAT! not so high on the mahler, but the shostakovich....ohhh, it was great.

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    Last night I went to see Paavo Jarvi and the Cincinnati Symphony play Liszt's first piano concerto Bruckner's 8th symphony. I wasn't terribly impressed by the Liszt. I mean, it was very well-played and stuff, but it left me cold.

    But the Bruckner was seriously something. It was easily one of the most moving concert experiences in my life so far. The first two movements were brisk and exciting, the last two not lasting overlong and yet still just as impactful as they need to be. It was a truly great concert. The brass, so crucial to Bruckner, were never blaring, yet always just as loud as needed, and always as awe-inspiring as needed in this composer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by World Violist View Post
    Last night I went to see Paavo Jarvi and the Cincinnati Symphony play Liszt's first piano concerto Bruckner's 8th symphony. I wasn't terribly impressed by the Liszt. I mean, it was very well-played and stuff, but it left me cold.
    Who was the pianist? I know only about 3 pianists (alive and not alive) who can pull off that piece so that I actually like it, and when they do I really like it.

    The Bruckner must have been something though. Paavo Jarvi...Cincinnati...lucky you.
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    The BSO have been busy with a bunch of concerts since I last posted here. Most recently have been:

    MacMillan's St John's Passion
    Nikolaj Znaider performing Elgar
    Yo-Yo Ma performing Haydn

    Not a bad way to start 2010!

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    Quote Originally Posted by World Violist View Post
    Last night I went to see Paavo Jarvi and the Cincinnati Symphony play Liszt's first piano concerto Bruckner's 8th symphony. I wasn't terribly impressed by the Liszt. I mean, it was very well-played and stuff, but it left me cold.

    But the Bruckner was seriously something. It was easily one of the most moving concert experiences in my life so far. The first two movements were brisk and exciting, the last two not lasting overlong and yet still just as impactful as they need to be. It was a truly great concert. The brass, so crucial to Bruckner, were never blaring, yet always just as loud as needed, and always as awe-inspiring as needed in this composer.
    I intend to see some Bruckner symphony live myself - must be quite an experience. As an ex brass player, it's another of those experiences in my "must do before you die" list - I'm just waiting for a local performance of his 3rd, 4th or 9th and I'm there!

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    I just got back from a concert featuring Emma Johnson (Clarinet) and Pascal Rogé (Piano):

    Weber Silvania Variations
    Debussy Première Rhapsodie
    Brahms Clarinet Sonata No. 1 (YAY!)

    Bernstein Sonata
    Stravinsky 3 Solo Pieces
    Debussy La Cathédrale engloutie
    Copland Nocturne
    Milhaud Scaramouche

    Plus Debussy and Benny Goodman for an encore!

    The playing was fantastic and, unsurprisingly, I was in love with the Brahms before I entered the concert hall, but I thought that this was one of the best organised concert programmes I have ever had the pleasure to hear. The sheer breadth and variation involved was wonderful, and it highlighted the virtuosity of the performers equally. Plus, being a die-hard Romantic, there were a number of pieces I hadn't heard before - always a novel experience - and, even though I still have no desire to listen to Stravinsky, it made me want to explore Debussy more.

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    Sorry I haven't been back to this thread lately. Didn't realize I had responses.

    Quote Originally Posted by Air View Post
    Who was the pianist? I know only about 3 pianists (alive and not alive) who can pull off that piece so that I actually like it, and when they do I really like it.

    The Bruckner must have been something though. Paavo Jarvi...Cincinnati...lucky you.
    The pianist was Alice Sara Ott. She's got a CD out on DG of the Chopin waltzes if you want to hear what she's like. As far as musicians go she seemed the typical, polite, overall not terribly deep or risky musician. But she supplied the glitter, so there it is...

    Quote Originally Posted by bassClef View Post
    I intend to see some Bruckner symphony live myself - must be quite an experience. As an ex brass player, it's another of those experiences in my "must do before you die" list - I'm just waiting for a local performance of his 3rd, 4th or 9th and I'm there!
    Yeah, seeing Bruckner 8 was practically a religious experience for me. Right afterward I saw someone in the stands who was in tears, and thought, "That's what a great Bruckner concert needs to be. Shattering." And so it was. I do consider myself very lucky to have been there. My only regret is that I could not have seen James Conlon conducting Mahler's 8th in Cincinnati last May. From what I've heard it was a blazing performance!
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    Quote Originally Posted by World Violist View Post
    The pianist was Alice Sara Ott. She's got a CD out on DG of the Chopin waltzes if you want to hear what she's like. As far as musicians go she seemed the typical, polite, overall not terribly deep or risky musician. But she supplied the glitter, so there it is...
    WV, I looked her up... and apparently the concert you went to was her American Debut! I wasn't sure if you were aware of this...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Air View Post
    WV, I looked her up... and apparently the concert you went to was her American Debut! I wasn't sure if you were aware of this...
    Oh wow! I was not at all aware! That's pretty cool then.
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    I just got back from a performance by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons.

    Mussorgsky Night on a Bare Mountain
    Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 (Baiba Skride)

    Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5

    And wow, what a performance! The CBSO is definitely one of the UK's finest orchestras, certainly after Sir Simon Rattle's heading of the ensemble (though I don't know much about its history before him). It was slightly difficult to get passed the cheese-factor of the first piece, but it worked really well. Particularly because my local 'concert hall' (the Sheldonian Theatre) is relatively small, right from the beginning the sound was almost too overwhelming. Very dramatic!

    The highlight of the night for me has to be the Shostakovich. I have to admit that I've only listened to Shostakovich in short bursts and haven't really got into him yet. I own all of his concertos for various instruments, but through my various listens, I never really appreciated him. This performance changed that. Now, I don't know what a perfect-sounding Violin Concerto No. 1 would sound like because I'm not familiar enough with the piece, but I would imagine that this performance was pretty damn close. The brooding first movement set up a fantastic atmosphere - what I would call 'grotesque' (using its definition that does not mean 'ugly'). It was indescribable, and it was superbly carried through into that marvellous Scherzo. Skride was an amazing soloist and her playing - especially her long solo/cadenza in the third movement - showed me exactly what this music is supposed to mean and how it is supposed to be played. Brilliant!

    Tchaikovsky's symphony is something no doubt most of us have heard - it wasn't quite as striking as it might have been because I've listened to it so much and I went to a concert featuring it not so long ago. However, given that I didn't much like the other performance I saw, and also because the Sheldonian has that intimate size and therefore sound-in-your-face acoustic, it was thrilling in its climaxes. If the CBSO is in town, definitely go!

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    Last weekend was somewhat amazing for me:

    Friday evening the Concertgebouw Orchestra and Mariss Jansons performed Rachmaninov's 2nd Symphony and the Sibelius Violin Concerto, with Janine Jansen.

    Then the following evening, the Orchestra of the Mariinski Theater was on tour with Gergiev and they performed Shostakovich's first Symphony, Tchaikovsky 5th and Mussorgsky Night on the Bare Mountain. Both were spectacular.


    Looking forward to Prokofievs 2nd Piano concerto with Pletnev conducting the RCO in May...


    (The second program seems remarkably similar to Polednice's post above)

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    Quote Originally Posted by emiellucifuge View Post
    Then the following evening, the Orchestra of the Mariinski Theater was on tour with Gergiev and they performed Shostakovich's first Symphony, Tchaikovsky 5th and Mussorgsky Night on the Bare Mountain. Both were spectacular.
    It's a shame we can't compare

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    im really stoked for today...my school has an annual concerto competition and this year three of my friends won the competition! First up is the Sibelius violin concerto, followed by Tchaikovsky violin, and then John Adam's Gnarly Buttons for clarinet.

    really excited.

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