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    Quote Originally Posted by tenor02 View Post
    John Adam's Gnarly Buttons for clarinet.
    Now, THAT is fun! Awesome clarinet writing and cow sounds? Doesn't get much better than that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by andruini View Post
    Now, THAT is fun! Awesome clarinet writing and cow sounds? Doesn't get much better than that!
    yeah, im really excited about it. just got back a few min ago from NATSAA state competition (vocal competition) about an hour ago...heard some GREAT music.

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    Not exactly a classic concert but I just back from a pre Chinese New Year recital this afternoon. FYI, Chinese New Year is next week (!)

    There were two girls who take turn demonstrated a solo pieces for DIZI and Xiao. Dizi is the transverse flute and xiao is the long flute. Also one male player who play an Erhu and Banhu. At the one they also play a duet for Erhu and Dizi . All pieces played in such a virtuosic and I really longing to see these Chinese instrument can attracted more western attention.

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    Today I had pleasure to listen to Tchaikovsky's 1st piano concerto and 3rd symphony live. Nikolai Dyadiura was conducting, and the concerto was performed by Stanisław Drzewiecki, quite young fellow.

    The symphony was performed really good, I know it very well, mostly Haitink's performance. Theme from first movement surprised me with it's legato character (most conductors are playing it completely diffrent). Too bad there was bad balance between strings and brasses, it almost ruined the finales from both first and last movements.

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    Today I saw Australian pianist Kathryn Selby & her associates perform Schubert's Trout Quintet at the City Recital Hall in Sydney. It was great seeing this work done live, in an intimate setting. The musicians also talked about the work before the concert, and a singer also performed the original song upon which the work was based (accompanied by Selby). I didn't notice how active the double bassist was when only listening to the work on a recording, as well as how much repetition of melodies was in each movement, which reminded me of Bruckner a bit (& maybe also minimalism?). All up this was a very enjoyable lunchtime concert. To those in Sydney this series is monthly and only costs $10. A bargain...
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    Again, I went to another concert with Australian pianist Kathryn Selby with her "Trioz," with Nikki Vasilakis (violin) & Emma Jane Murphy (cello). I really liked the intimacy of the venue, a church in Sydney's northern suburbs (Turramurra). The program consited of Liszt's Orpheus (arr. Saint-Saens), Bloch's Three Nocturnes, Arensky's Piano Trio & Schubert's Piano Trio No. 1. Again, the playing was excellent (actually moved me quite alot) & the atmosphere very informal, even with cake in the interval made by Selby's family...
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    This Sunday Cecillia Bartoli had a concert in Lisinski concert hall, here in Zagreb.
    It was so fantastic!I'm stunned!
    She has such a strong, beautiful voice.Not only she sings so nice, she also acts and dances on the stage

    Here you can see what she sang: http://www.lisinski.hr/priredba.asp?b=3568

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    I just went to a live performance here in Sydney on the weekend, the Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra. They played Rossini (Barber of Seville Overture); Mozart (Piano Concerto No. 22) & Berlioz (Symphonie Fantastique). Pretty awesome, especially the latter, I was glad I saw it live (my first time), since I have missed it played by other groups on various occassions. Spectacular!
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    I've just been to a live performance here in Sydney of Mozart's Great Mass in C minor. The Sydney University Musical Society, directed by Gregory Platt. It was a very light, upbeat and happy interpretation. Very "galante" and Italian. The only "dark" section was the qui tollis. The rest was joyous, charming, even playful. Mozart with an Aussie feel, perhaps. The conducting/playing had a light touch of rubato, reminiscent of some of Bernstein's work. I kind of felt that I was at a cafe near the beach, with the sun, crowds in summer. This was a performance exuding warmth, calmness and serenity. Perhaps less "intense" than the recordings I've heard of Karajan (or Blomstedt with a Japanese ensemble on youtube). Reminiscent of Davis' classic 1971 recording, but way way lighter than that. The venue, Sydney University's Great Hall, was perfect and the acoustic pretty good. It was with a chamber-sized orchestra and a 100 strong choir. I really liked the sections where only the soloist singers were singing with the orchestra (no choir), the quoniam and et incarnatus est. The delicate filigreed counterpoint between the ensemble and singers was so light an airy. This was a fascinating performance, exactly because it contrasted sharply with what I've heard on record. What it lacked in drama, it made up in spades in joy de vivre! Excellent. I also got one of their cd's in the foyer, Bruckner's motets & Te Deum. It will be interesting listening to that...
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    Been to two good concerts here in Sydney the past week:

    Selby & Friends "A Little Lunch Music"
    Kathryn Selby (piano), Dimity Hall (violin), Irina Morzova (viola), Julian Smiles (cello)
    Schumann: Piano Quartet (1842)

    An interesting concert where the musicians talked about the work in detail, and gave demonstrations, before playing it right through. Interesting to learn that Schumann (like Bach before him), tuned the cello down a few notes (but only in the third slow movement). The strings were more dominant in this performance than the piano, this gave it a real intimate (as versus symphonic) feel.

    Coro Innominata of Sydney - "Live at the Mosman Music Club"
    Sandy Glass, musical director
    Schutz: Jauchzet dem Herrn; Monteverdi: Laudate Pueri; Lauda Jerusalem; Whitacre: Lux Aurumque; Nox Aurumque; Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna.

    A very eclectic program, and one of the most enjoyable of all concerts I've had the good fortune to attend. Sandy Glass talked about the works (even reading some of the translations, as they were not in the program), before performing them. I liked the whole program, but Whitacre's music (which I had not heard before) really grabbed me. It had this harmonic density and compactness/tightness which was really affective. It was also interesting to see the different formations of the choir, eg. in the Schutz they were split up into two, a smaller sextet contrasting with the rest of the choir. A great ensemble, who I hadn't heard of before, I will have to get a cd or two of theirs, and definitely go to more of their concerts.
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    Yesterday afternoon I went to see one of my friend's senior recitals... and mine is TODAY! I'm very happy. But it's still some seven whole hours away, which I don't really like all that much. Let's see, what am I doing again...

    Kalivoda: Nocturne No. 4
    Sibelius: Se’n har jag ej frågat mera, Op.17 No.1 (played on viola)
    Rózsa: Introduction and Allegro, Op.44
    Clarke: Passsacaglia on an Old English Tune
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    Bridge: Lament for two violas, H.101
    Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel
    Enescu: Concertpiece

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    Hi Andre

    Thanks for all the reviews of concerts in Sydney - I will certainly look out for what is happening in future.

    Elfish

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    Hi elfish, a radio program I listen to on 2mbs-fm 102.5 "What's on in Sydney" is broadcast 8.30-9.30 am every Saturday. (www.2mbs.com)

    This weekend just gone by:

    Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra
    Sarah Grace Williams, conductor
    Susan Collins, violin
    Beethoven: Egmont Overture; Brahms: Violin Concerto; Schubert: Symphony No.4 "Tragic"
    At Balmain Town Hall, Sydney

    East Sydney Chamber Orchestra & Choir
    with soloists/George Ellis, conductor
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 "Choral"
    At St. Joseph's College Chapel, Hunter's Hill, Sydney
    In aid of charities supporting schools in Bouganville, Papua New Guinea

    These were excellent, the venues very intimate. First time I saw these works live. Both conductors made the music flow beautifully, and I think both ensembles were very fine. They were enlarged by extra musicians for the Brahms & Beethoven symphony. One doesn't realise quite how dissonant these works can sound if you just listen to recordings. The crescendos seen live just make such a huge impact on me. My friend & I both enjoyed these concerts & will be going back for more, no doubt (the MCO was packed to the rafters, lucky we pre-booked). We also enjoyed a brief conversation & glass of bubbly with the musicians after the MCO concert...
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    Seen here in Sydney this weekend:

    Kammer Ensemble (New Music Network series @ Sydney Conservatorium)
    With Stephanie McCallum (piano) & John Lewis (clarinet)
    Daniel Rojas - Danzas Amorosas (World premiere of Octet version)
    Osvaldo Golijov - The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind; Lullaby and Doina
    George Crumb - Vox Balanae

    This was one of the best concerts I've been to so far. The level of professionalism of the musicians was apparent, even to someone quite non-musical like me. The venue was small and intimate. I can't really choose which piece I liked the most. The Rojas was a lively tango. Clarinettist John Lewis was brilliant in the first Golijov work, scored for different types of clarinets and string quartet. It had a markedly Jewish, klezmer feel, whereas the second Golijov work was much like gypsy music. & Crumb's Voice of the Whale was fascinating to see, from the use of the prepared piano, plucking the piano strings like a harp, and also the performers whistling whalesong. I agree that this is a hauntingly beautiful work. I must go to more of this excellent series. Highly recommended for those here in Sydney (or visiting?).

    Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cristian Cimei, conductor
    Weber - Overture to Der Freischutz; Barber - Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (with Australian Opera's soprano Teresa La Rocca); Ravel - Pavane pour une enfante defunte; Dvorak - Symphony No. 5 in F Op. 76

    I think that the Weber, Barber & Ravel were the strongest performances here. Teresa La Rocca's singing moved me quite a bit. In my humble opinion, the Dvorak 5th was a bit patchy, I think that the string section was a bit struggling with those quick phrases, but I'm no expert, so maybe I shouldn't judge. But in any case, I really enjoyed the first half. & to their credit, at least the orchestra didn't trundle out yet another tired warhorse like Dvorak's New World Symphony, it was good to hear a more obscure one...
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    Saw tonight:

    MAHLER'S RESURRECTION SYMPHONY
    Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic Choir
    soprano Simona Houda Šaturová
    alto Yvonne Naef
    conductor Christoph Eschenbach
    Prague Rudolfinum

    This is a piece I know very well and am quite sensitive to interpretation, and I must say this performance was nigh on perfect. Raw power mixed with delicate finesse - bravo! I'm still tingling. Epic.

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