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    Kurtág
    Signs, Games and Messages

    Dohnanyi
    Serenade

    Mozart
    Divertimento


    Moricosta String Trio


    An enjoyable performance and the introductions to the pieces were helpfully informative too (e.g. we were told how very quiet the Kurtág pieces were; so we were all dutifully quiet as church mice – not a single sweet wrapper rustle!). Like a true heretic I preferred the Kurtág and Dohnanyi to the Mozart.

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    I've started keeping a database of all the concerts I attend. It saves having to look through piles of programmes. These are the latest entries:

    2015 April 17. Barbican Hall. New York Philharmonic, Joyce DiDonato, Alan Gilbert. Salonen: Nyx; Ravel: Sheherazade, Valses Nobles et Sentimentales; R. Strauss: Rosenkavalier suite: R. Strauss: Morgen; Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake suite

    2015 May 17. Royal Festival Hall. Philharmonia Orchestra, Daniil Trifonov, Vladmir Ashkenazy. Sibelius: Nightride & Sunrise; Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3; Sibelius: Symphony No.5 in E flat

    2015 May 18. Queen Elizabeth Hall. Takacs Quartet, Marc-Andre Hamelin. Debussy:String Quartet in G minor Op.10, Preludes Bk.2 Nos. 4,5,6,7,11 &12; Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor

    2015 June 5. Royal Festival Hall. Philadelphia Orchestra, Lisa Batiashvili, Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Nico Muhly: Mixed Messages; Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No.1; Tchaikovsky: Romance song transcription for violin; Rachmaninov: Symphony No.3, Vocalise

    2015 June 10. Royal Opera House. La bohème. Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, Lucas Meachem, Jennifer Rowley, Simone del Savio, Marco Vinco, Jeremy White, Donald Maxwell, Luke Price, Dan Ettinger

    2015 July 5. Royal Opera House. Guillaume Tell. Gerald Finley, John Osborn, Malin Bystrom, Alexander Vinogradov, Sofia Fomina, Enkelejda Shkosa, Nicolas Courjal, Eric Halfvarson, Michael Colvin, Enea Scla, Samuel Dale Johnson, Michael Lessiter, Sir Antonio Pappano

    2015 July 9. Royal Opera House. Falstaff. Ambrogio Maestri, Ainhoa Arteta, Roland Wood, Anna Devin, Luis Gomes, Agnes Zwierko, Kai Ruutel, Peter Hoare, Alasdair Elliott, Lukas Jakobski. Michael Schønwandt

    2015 November 22. St. John’s Smith Square. Jerusalem Quartet. Haydn: String Quartet No.1 in G Op.77 No.1; Bartok: String Quartet No.6 B119; Dvorak: String Quartet in F op.9 ‘American’

    2016 January 1. Royal Opera House. Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci. Eva-Maria Westbroek, Yonghoon Lee, Elena Zilio, Dimitri Platanias, Marina Belli, Kritian Benedikt, Carmen Giannattasio, Benjamin Hulett, Dionysios Sourbis, Sir Antonio Pappano

    2016 January 12. Turner Sims. Navarra Quartet. Mozart: Quartet No.1 in G K80; Haydn: Quartet No.25 in C Op.20 No.2; Beethoven: Quartet No.14 in C sharp minor Op.131

    2016 January 28. Royal Festival Hall. Philharmonia Orchestra, Håkan Hardenberger, Santtu-Matias Rouvali. Sibelius: Lemminkäinen's Return Op.22 No.4; Rolf Martinsson: Trumpet Concerto No.1 ‘The Bridge’; Sibelius: Symphony No.2 in D major Op.43


    One of my aims for this year is to see performances of all of the Sibelius symphonies. The young Finnish conductor Santtu-Rouvali's performance of the 2nd with the Philharmonia was a good start. I have never seen a conductor dance so much on the podium before, but he brought out the lyrical almost 'waltz-like' qualities of the symphony, which I'd never really noticed before. Another Finn, Osmo Vänskä is conducting all of the Sibelius symphonies with the LPO later in the year so I'm looking forward to that.

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    was my yesterday the longest day ever?

    11:00-14:00 Falstaff (Opera House)
    to MüPa (Mendelssohn-Schumann-marathon)
    15:00 Mendelssohn - The Hebrides, Schumann - Symphony No. 4
    16:00 Schumann - Kinderszenen (excerpts), Mendelssohn - Cello Sonata No.2, Op.58
    17:00 Mendelssohn - Symphony no. 3 "Scottish"
    back to Opera House
    19:30- 21:20 Edita Gruberova concert
    (+ 4 hours of travel)

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    JS BACH
    Gamba Sonata No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029

    PROKOFIEV Cello Sonata in C, Op.119 (1949)

    RACHMANINOV Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.19

    Performed by Michael Petrov and Alexander Ullman. In a chapel too; excellent acoustics.

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    Went to see Ivan Volkov in the Royal Festival Hall in London on the 2nd.

    It was a great program - Roslavets: In the hours of the new moon which id never heard before, then Ravels Piano Concerto in G and finished by a powerful Shostakovich 5th.

    It was a great night and a beautiful venue (if only we had it in Dublin, no matter what Simon Rattle thinks). The Ravel was particularly beautiful.

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    Last night at Symphony center

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    The youthful exuberance of the 1st made up for the disjointed nature of the 15th.

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    Last night I went to the Huntsville Symphony's pops concert of music from the James Bond films, with guest artist Hilary Kole. Fun program, but I was largely unimpressed with Kole; she sang well but had a rather weak voice that was frequently getting drowned out by the orchestra even with a mic. Plus, she just could not communicate with the audience; said "um" too much, tripped over her words, used the phrase "I digress" about 4 times. She seemed somewhat nervous the whole time. I think she has a lot of talent though, and with work I think she'll eventually have a very good act.
    The orchestra was fantastic though, as always.

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    I just returned from the Pražák quartet playing Haydn's Op 77 No. 1, Beethoven's Op 59 No. 2 and, fascinatingly, Bruckner's String Quartet in C minor. The latter was remarkably nice. The Haydn was played with great fervour -- I especially loved the Trio, and found it sad they skipped the repeats (so I only heard it once). I've always found Beethoven's second Razumovsky quartet a little dull at the start, but the last movement always makes up for that, and the Pražáks certainly delivered there. Great concert!

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    Thursday 11th February 2016
    The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

    Rachmaninov - Isle of the Dead
    Mahler - Kindertotenlieder
    Shostakovich - Symphony No.15, Op. 141

    Hallé Orchestra, Sir Mark Elder, conductor
    Roderick Williams, baritone

    Very enjoyable. I hadn't heard the Rachmaninov work before (it's certainly worth hearing again), but I'm very familiar with the other two pieces here. Roderick Williams' sung German seems impeccable and the orchestral textures were spare and clear. Kindertotenlieder moved me to tears, as it always does. The 15th is my favourite of Shostakovich's symphonies and here it received a lucid performance. Sir Mark Elder told us that there were no records of it being performed by the Hallé Orchestra before and so no-one was quite sure if it had been or not.

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    Attended the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, on 11th February for:

    Mozart Violin Concerto No.5 ‘Turkish’
    Bruckner Symphony No.9

    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
    Sir Andrew Davis conductor
    Esther Yoo violin

    I thought that the Bruckner was simply outstanding, the best that I have heard the RLPO perform. The 9th is a huge beast of a piece, with an enormous orchestra and multiple layers but I thought that it came together beautifully, heavenly I would say and I think that Bruckner would have approved. It's occasions such as this, when I truly appreciate the importance of a live performance over a recording. At the climax, I just wanted to jump out of my seat and show my appreciation but unfortunately etiquette prevented me from doing so; what a pity.

    The violin concerto was much lighter and very well performed by Ms Yoo but the Bruckner was definitely the highlight, not just of the evening but probably the entire season. Very well attended too, which was a pleasant surprise, so maybe we can expect more Bruckner, in the future. Let's hope so.

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    Saturday 13th February Norwich Baroque at Norwich Central Baptist Church

    Duelling Trumpets with Crispian Steele-Perkins and Simon Munday.

    Manfredini - Concerto for 2 Trumpets in D major
    Corelli - Sonata in D - Steele-Perkins
    Schein - Banchetto musicale no 6
    Stradella - Il barcheggio Part II - Munday
    Vivaldi - Concerto in C for 2 Trumpets

    Vivaldi - Concerto in D for 2 Trumpets
    Torelli - Sonata G1 - Munday
    Dall'Abaco - Op5 No2 Concerto in 7 parts
    Purcell - Sonata for Trumpet in D - Steele-Perkins
    Franceschini - Concerto in D for 2 Trumpets

    The Baroque trumpet can be exquisite but can be (very occasionally) somewhat gnarly. We were treated to a feast of fascinating Baroque Trumpet music from two masters of the art. They played a range of pieces from the more familiar - Vivaldi, Corelli, Torelli - to the less familiar - Stradella, Franceschini. Mr Munday joked that "if you don't like D major and trills then you're in the wrong place." The choice of pieces was excellent and allowed then to display their talents.

    The Schein was a departure for Norwich Baroque. Schein was cantor at the Thomasschule zu Leipzig (the same as Bach) in the early 17th Century. The piece was written for viols in the 1620's and adapted for 18th century strings. It was an excellent interlude between the trumpet pieces.

    The Stradella was a virtuoso display and Mr Munday had to take a break before the first of the Vivaldi pieces. This allowed Mr Steele-Perkins to talk about the design of baroque and other natural trumpets. No matter how often you've seen it, his playing of Handel's Water Music using a baroque mouthpiece and a piece of hosepipe is still very funny.

    In the second half we had more Vivaldi then Mr Munday performed in Torelli's Sonata G1. I would rate it A1.

    The Dell'Abaco for strings was a natural progression - he was a pupil of Torelli. Norwich Baroque played it very well.

    Mr Steele-Perkins then played a Purcell sonata. This had been discovered at York Minster in 1951. He showed Purcell's genius for harmony in this piece.

    The concert finished with a Franceschini concerto. Franceschini is slightly earlier than Purcell and is noted for his use of the trumpet in church music, blending it skilfully with the voice. It provided a fitting finale for the evening
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    This Friday I was at the royal concert hall with Manfred Honeck conducting the RCO in Beethoven's 7th and Mahler's Lieder from "Das Knaben Wunderhorn" with Matthias Goerne singing. Wonderful concert. Also, the south podium was filled with young people, as a youth orchestra from New Jersey was spending their last day of a tour here to hear the concert! I've never heard the last movement from Beethoven's 7th performed so fast, 'man was aching for the break...!
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    Saturday February 20, 2016
    Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
    Matthias Pintscher - Guest Conductor
    Gabriel Faure
    Pavane, Op. 50 (1887)
    Arnold Schoenberg
    Chamber Symphony No. 2, Op. 38 (1939)
    INTERMISSION
    Joseph-Maurice Ravel
    Ma mere l'oye (Complete Ballet) (1908-11)
    Ludwig van Beethoven
    Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93 (1806)
    An amazing concert. The Beethoven is a favorite but even though the Mother Goose and Schoenberg are somewhat new to me I think I will be listing to them more in the future. The Chamber Symphony No.2 is highly underrated and should be performed more often. Also next season has been announced and even though it is Jeffrey Kahane's last season it has many highlights including: Beethoven's symphonies 3,7, and 9 :Mozart's Prague and final piano concerto; Brahms second piano concerto; Mendelssohn's Scottish and Schubert's Great.
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    yesterday's concert at the Opera House (Budapest):
    Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra
    Lawrence Foster (Guest Conductor)
    Enescu - Romanian Rhapsody No. 2
    Kurtág: ….concertante…. op. 42
    INTERMISSION
    Dvořák - Symphony No. 9

    The concert started with Enescu's Rhapsody. (Foster is a US conductor with Romanian heritage.) Japanese soloists Ken Hakii (Viola) and his wife, Hiromi Kikuchi (violin) played Kurtág's work, the 90 year old composer was there. (they played it in the premiere in 2003.) the symphony was superb because of the conducting and soloists.

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    Raymonda... the only time I can ever say that I will hear a performance with only Glazunov's music. WOW!!!! 100% Glazunov, no one else sharing the spotlight. Well, not musically anyhow.

    Well, my whole blog series about Raymonda is out now, which includes my review of last night's performance. I fixed the 2 blogs where attachments weren't showing up.
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