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    This is quite a piano weekend! First, yesterday morning I heard Sergio Tiempo and the LA Phil conducted by Dudamel in Ginastera's Piano Concerto No.1--it was riveting! Then last night a simply ravishing recital by Daniil Trifonov. He played Bach-Brahms Chaconne, Schubert's Sonata D.845, followed by Brahms' Paganini Variations BKI. (The first half was well over an hour!) After intermission he played Rachmaninov's Sonata No.1. The audience went wild! He then played three encores: Tchaikovsky-Pletnev Dance from The Sleeping Beauty, Scriabin left-hand Prelude, and Paganini-Liszt Etude No. 6 after the 24th Caprice. Whew! I've rarely been more mesmerized by anyone's playing.

    Tomorrow I hear Arnaldo Cohen in San Francisco. His program looks great, too:

    BACH-BUSONI Chaconne in D minor
    BRAHMS Variations on a Theme by Handel
    LISZT Sonetto del Petrarca No. 104
    LISZT Sonata in B minor

    Since Trivinov has two gifted hands, I wish he too had played the Bach-Busoni Chaconne--not only do I prefer it, but it would have made an interesting comparisonwith Cohen.

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    Just arrived home from the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, where I heard:

    BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
    Juanjo Mena conductor | Augustin Hadelich violin

    Smetana Má Vlast – ‘Vltava’
    Bartók Violin Concerto No. 2
    Dvorák Symphony No. 9, ‘From the New World’

    After a very stressful week of work, this was the perfect antidote.

    The BBC Phil excelled with the Smetana, as good as any recording that I have heard, and provided a very fine performance of the Dvorák. It's the first time that I have seen the BBC Philharmonic and Juanjo Mena appears to be doing an excellent job with some very fine musicians.

    The highlight was, however, Augustin Hadelich's performance of the Bartók Violin Concerto No. 2, which was every bit as sublime as I had expected, having been an admirer of Mr Hadelich's work for some time. I wasn't particularly familiar with the piece and it is probably not one of the most accessible pieces ever composed but by the end, I had fallen in love with it, such was the quality of the performance. As an encore, he performed Bach's Violin Sonata No 2 'Andante', which was also wonderful.

    An excellent conclusion to what has otherwise been a pretty awful week, so all's well, that ends well.

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    It was 10 days ago, but I've been kind of busy recently, so haven't gotten a chance to post here.

    Minnesota Orchestra
    Osmo Vänskä conductor | Hilary Hahn violin

    • Sibelius - Symphony No. 3
    • Sibelius - Violin Concerto
    • Sibelius - Symphony No. 1

    Yes, all Sibelius (except a Bach encore from Hahn), and it was amazing! Vanska is a Sibelius master, and it showed at this concert. You could tell he knew all of the pieces in and out, and was able to bring out subtleties that I hadn't ever noticed, and as a result, it sounded fantastic. And of course, Hilary Hahn nailed it. She just played the concerto perfectly - she knows exactly how to get the best sound out of her violin, and the performance was just mesmerizing. The orchestra capped off the night's program with a great performance of Sibelius 1, maybe even better than any recording I've heard.

    This was definitely the best-played concert I've attended (I mean, I haven't gone to very many live concerts, but still), and I have little else to say but, wow.
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    Sounds like a very special concert, Musicrom, with some of the very best performers around. I understand your emotions completely and it's great to see your enthusiasm shining through. I love occasions such as this, when one feels on top of the world, after attending such a great performance, and there are few better feelings.

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    Paavo Järvi
    Orchestre National de Paris


    Beethoven
    Piano Concerto No.3
    Radu Lupu

    Nielsen
    Flute Concerto
    Vincent Lucas

    Sibelius
    Symphony No.3


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    Just got my tickets for Beethoven's Ninth and Bernstein for this upcoming Friday (March 18th)!!

    I'm beyond excited, I have dreamt of the opportunity to see Beethoven's Ninth in person, and it's finally happening.

    Rejoice with Leonard Bernstein’s jubilant Chichester Psalms, a Hebrew-language setting of favorite psalms from the Old Testament. Written for strings, brass, percussion, chorus and soloists, this tuneful work has remained one of Bernstein’s most popular since its 1965 premiere. Of all symphonies, Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 9 is most often declared the greatest ever written. This immortal masterpiece takes listeners on a spiritual journey from the darkness of the opening to the triumph of the famous “Ode to Joy.”
    http://www.houstonsymphony.org/ticke...detail?id=6567
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    Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
    Angela Meade - Soprano
    Erin Wall - Soprano
    Lisette Oropesa - Soprano
    Stephanie Blythe - Mezzo-soprano
    Mihoko Fujimura - Mezzo-soprano
    Anthony Dean Griffey - Tenor
    Markus Werba - Baritone
    John Relyea - Bass
    The Westminster Symphonic Choir - Mixed chorus
    The Choral Arts Society of Washington - Mixed chorus
    The American Boychoir - Boys choir


    Mahler - Symphony No. 8
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    Bit late but was back at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, on Monday 7th March for:

    Oslo Philharmonic
    Vasily Petrenko conductor | Simon Trpceski piano

    Grieg Lyric Suite: March of the Trolls
    Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2
    Mahler Symphony No.5

    Lovely, light start with Grieg and obviously apt, given the orchestra.

    Wonderful and very sensitive performance of the Rachmaninov by the Macedonian pianist, Simon Trpceski and the rapport between the players was clear to all. As an encore, he and the principal cellist for the Oslo Philharmonic, Louisa Tuck, played Rachmaninov's beautiful 'Vocalise'. A lovely gesture, as he led the plaudits for Ms Tuck.

    The Mahler 5 was a full-on but also sensitive and delicate, at times, performance that produced a thunderous ovation from what appeared to be a sell-out, or close to, audience. An extremely confident performance from all involved.

    Despite their previous hardy endeavours, Petrenko and his orchestra still had the energy to perform another encore of an arrangement for strings of Schubert’s F minor Moment, which was delightful.

    I have to confess, after all this, that I still struggle to truly appreciate both Mahler and Rachmaninov, purely on a personal level (as in my personal taste); I can fully appreciate their towering talents. Despite this, I very much enjoyed the performance and I did have a nice glass of red, during the interval, to honour my friend Hpowders, who recently informed us that in his part of the world, he is largely limited to Taylor Swift concerts. So, HP, this one's for you, as I know that you would have loved it.

    Just noticed that this post now marks me out as a senior member. Do I get a prize?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Templeton View Post
    ... I very much enjoyed the performance and I did have a nice glass of red, during the interval, to honour my friend Hpowders, who recently informed us that in his part of the world, he is largely limited to Taylor Swift concerts. So, HP, this one's for you, as I know that you would have loved it. ...
    HP is right. Tampa does seem to have a shameful lack of orchestral concerts, beyond the resident Tampa Bay Symphony, which I haven't heard and so can't comment on. And they now have an opera festival -- I believe it's a relatively new effort, so I'm not sure about that either. There's also a relatively new piano festival at the University of South Florida that takes place in the summer -- The Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, a two-week student immersion type of thing, maybe worth checking out.

    But, an hour's drive to the south where I am and there's a relative wealth of riches to be had.

    We have a very good local orchestra led by Anu Tali that puts on Masterworks concert series each year with visiting soloists and conductors -- Neeme Jarvi recently conducted Brahms, Stenhammar and R. Strauss. The orchestra also puts on an annual chamber music series that is very good.

    As for visiting orchestras, this year we've had the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra and Renee Fleming.

    There's also a long-running chamber music festival in the spring, a vibrant opera house with a months-long winter opera festival that is winding up right now and an Artists Series slate of concerts comprised largely of recitals by visiting, usually young artists of some accomplishment.

    Itzhak Perlamn also leads an annual concert series each year here with top music students invited from around the country.

    I traveled another two hours south to Naples recently, where they have an equally vibrant classical music scene with an active local orchestra and slate of visiting orchestras. There I attended one of two concerts by the Vienna Philharmonic. The opening notes of the Parsifal Prelude alone were worth the drive. They've also hosted the Toronto and Cleveland orchestras there this year.

    Next year here we will have the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Emerson String Quartet, the National Symphony of Ukraine and Daniil Trifonov.

    So, the glass is definitely more full than empty, whether red wine or white, if you venture out a little bit.

    HP, come on down!
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    Thanks for the heads up, papsrus, that is some line-up of talent that you have down South Florida way. Hopefully it will cheer HP up and it will save me a few pounds on glasses of wine that I have been toasting him with, out of sympathy.

    The Vienna Philharmonic is my favourite orchestra but they never visit the North of England, as far as I am aware, although I was fortunate enough to see them, in London, last year, in a stunning performance of Franz Schmidt's Symphony No. 2. Pleased to hear that they left you with similar sentiments.

    All the best from a dreary North of England and please can you send us some of that lovely Florida sunshine. Tropicana orange juice isn't quite the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightscape View Post
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
    Angela Meade - Soprano
    Erin Wall - Soprano
    Lisette Oropesa - Soprano
    Stephanie Blythe - Mezzo-soprano
    Mihoko Fujimura - Mezzo-soprano
    Anthony Dean Griffey - Tenor
    Markus Werba - Baritone
    John Relyea - Bass
    The Westminster Symphonic Choir - Mixed chorus
    The Choral Arts Society of Washington - Mixed chorus
    The American Boychoir - Boys choir


    Mahler - Symphony No. 8
    Now that's what I called a concert.
    Hope you have/ had a good night!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Templeton View Post

    The Vienna Philharmonic is my favourite orchestra but they never visit the North of England, as far as I am aware, although I was fortunate enough to see them, in London, last year, in a stunning performance of Franz Schmidt's Symphony No. 2. Pleased to hear that they left you with similar sentiments.
    An excellent concert: "Parsifal Prelude," "Good Friday Spell," "Manfred Symphony," with Valery Gergiev and his tooth pick conducting. I sat fourth row, dead center. Worth every penny (and it was a lot of pennies). I've never experienced anything quite like the Vienna strings. Magical. Nice concert hall down there, too. They are returning next year for two performances with Franz Welzer-Most conducting. Program to be announced. It will be high on my priority list, for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by papsrus View Post
    An excellent concert: "Parsifal Prelude," "Good Friday Spell," "Manfred Symphony," with Valery Gergiev and his tooth pick conducting. I sat fourth row, dead center. Worth every penny (and it was a lot of pennies). I've never experienced anything quite like the Vienna strings. Magical. Nice concert hall down there, too. They are returning next year for two performances with Franz Welzer-Most conducting. Program to be announced. It will be high on my priority list, for sure.
    Hm, will be interested to hear which programme he presents. Welser-Möst has also been an advocate for the music of Franz Schmidt, so who knows, although I appreciate that there may be more of a focus upon attracting paying customers via a more popular programme. Hope that you are able to obtain tickets and please let us know more, after you have attended,

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    I attended a concert yesterday evening featuring graduate students from the U-Mich School of Music.

    Settling into my seat to enjoy a concert of composers with surnames beginning with G, I opened the program to discover this:

    Mikhail Glinka ~ Trio Pathétique for Clarinet, Bassoon, and Piano
    Jennifer Higdon ~ Piano Trio
    [Intermission]
    Edvard Grieg ~ String Quartet, Op. 27

    Note the manipulation of the perverse programmer who placed the Higdon after the first work but before the intermission… No chance for escape.

    In truth, the second of the two movements of Higdon’s trio (unfortunately titled “Fiery Red” to distinguish it from the first movement “Pale Yellow”) was well played and had some Prokofiev-influenced drama.

    The Glinka and Grieg were fantastic.


    Note to the uninitiated reader: I have nothing against Higdon. This is a take-off on the "Ambushed by Dutilleux" meme.
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    Saturday March 19th, 2016
    Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
    Jeffrey Kahane - Conductor and Pianist
    David Shostac - Flute
    Allan Vogel - Oboe
    Kenneth Munday - Bassoon
    Richard Todd - Horn
    Joshua Ranz - Basset Clarinet
    Gernot Wolfgang
    Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds (2015)
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622 (1791)
    INTERMISSION
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Piano Concerto #20 in D minor, K. 466 (1785)

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