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    RLPO
    Petrenko

    Brahms PC No.1
    Brahms Symphony No.4

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    Just attended English Touring Opera's performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion. Brilliant evenng.

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    Schumann Quartet
    Wu Qian
    Nikolay Borchev

    Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
    Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York
    November 18, 2018


    Rachmaninoff - String Quartet No. 1 (unfinished) - Schumann Quartet
    Mussorgsky - Songs and Dances of Death ("Pesni i plyaski smerti") - Qian, Borchev
    Schubert - "Der Tod und das Mädchen," Op. 7, No. 3 - D 531 - Qian, Borchev
    Schubert - String Quartet No. 14 ("Death and the Maiden") - D 810 - Schumann Quartet

    Interesting to hear the original Lied before the Death and the Maiden quartet. The theme for the quartet's second movement is just a few bars from the piano introduction to the song -- humble beginnings for something that ends up beautifully expanded on in the quartet's five variations (the theme sounds to me like the inspiration for Chopin's funeral march, although I guess maybe they both drew from Beethoven's 12th sonata? or likely from some traditional funeral tune).

    Good performance by the young Schumann quartet. The Schubert calls for much passionate ensemble playing, at which the quartet excelled. All the members save the violist are brothers. I wonder whether a family quartet has closer harmony in some way, similar to a vocal group. I did find a few notes to be less than convincing in the first violin part at various times -- underarticulated, too reticent, sometimes with what seemed the wrong timbre. But I'd go see this quartet again.

    I didn't care much for the Mussorgsky material, although I appreciate the programming idea of pairing songs about death (and still close to Halloween!), and Borchev seemed excellent. I wish Qian had more to do in this performance - she shone in a live broadcast of Mozart's first Piano Quartet with three of the Schumanns during the week.

    Top programming as usual from CMS.
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    Wonderful performance yesterday evening at Leeds town Hall.

    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

    Tchaikovsky. Francesca da Rimini
    Korngold Violin Concerto
    Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

    Soloist. Elena Urioste
    Conductor. Vasily Petrenko
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    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2018
    University of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK
    Sunday 25th November

    (James Dillon - String Quartet No. 8)
    (Salvatore Sciarrino - Quartetto No. 7)
    Clara Iannotta - dead wasps in a jam-jar
    Sciarrino - Cosa Resta*
    Dillon - String Quartet No. 9


    Arditti Quartet; *with Jake Arditti, counter-tenor


    This is the fourth time I've heard the sublime Arditti Quartet play. They are not to be missed in the contemporary repertoire in which they specialise (and lead). Iannotta's work is primarily concerned with 'sound as an experience', to be seen and felt as well as heard, and the piece performed here, hardly ever more than sotto-voce, seemed to me an exercise in sound texture, interference patterns between notes struck on the instruments etc., although the composer describes it as an investigation of a sort of 'deep sea environment with constant pressure, constant movement and stillness in time' It's very intricate music which would bear repeated listening. The standout work for me was the Sciarrino 'Cosa Resta' in which the quartet accompanied a sort of half-sung (mostly) counter-tenor recitative - which was spellbinding. Dillon's new quartet was also an interesting work, and he joined the quartet on stage for the applause afterwards.

    It is very hard to take in several completely unfamiliar works at a single recital but the quartet are so precise and polished, and such masters of contemporary chamber music that their recitals are always a special event.

    The first two works in the programme are in brackets because we missed them, courtesy of an appalling mess-up of our transport arrangements by our regional rail services - despite building in an extra hour and a half's travel time to anticipate just such an eventuality. You wouldn't believe how bad public transport has got in a supposedly first world country - those resident in the UK and particularly those who regularly travel in the area between the Trent and Hadrian's Wall will know EXACTLY which company I'm talking about here... The HCMF staff were good enough to let us in to the recital hall in the short break between pieces.


    Karl-Heinz Stockhausen
    Sei Weider Frohlich (from 'Amour')
    (1974-6)
    POLES (1970)
    Camilla Hoitenga (flutes); Taavi Kerikmae (1970 modular synthesizer, theremin); Francisco Colosanto (sound diffusion)

    This was great fun (and very good music making). My one complaint was that it was so short (the works were 2 and 38 minutes long respectively) that it left us eager for more.

    I confess that I did come to think of POLES as a sonata for Flutes, Mad Professor and IT Technician, particularly because of Mr Kerikmae's slightly eccentric dancing with his theremin and his frantic rewiring of the synthesizer's box of tricks (think miniature 1930s telephone exchange) as he played. Very entertaining, as I said, but musically very satisfying too.
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    attended 2 concerts in Liszt Academy: on Monday the Budapest Philharmonic Society Orchestra performed, they played an Erkel overture (Hunyadi László), the Kraft cello concerto (Várdai), Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, Dances of Galánta & Pictures at an Exhibition. they played really well, but the tuba solo in Bydlo wasn't flawless.

    on Tuesday the Hungarian RSO performed (Weber's Oberon overture, Schumann's Cello Concerto, Brahms' Symphony No. 2). this time 70-year-old Perényi was the soloist. I enjoyed this concert even more.
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    Perényi's encore was the prelude from Suite No. 3 in C, BWV 1009.

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    Britten - Violin Concerto
    Shostakovich - Symphony No. 7 ("Leningrad")

    New York Philharmonic Orchestra
    Jaap Van Zweden
    Simone Lamsma

    David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City
    Thursday, November 30, 2018

    I've called this season a "heavy metal" approach and the Shostakovich - full of percussion and finishing with massive brass - was right in line. Excellent performance, orchestra playing with power and energy. Van Zweden is by no means one-dimensional, but there is no doubt he is drawn to the dramatic!

    Lamsma's debut with the NYPO (I take it she has collaborated with Van Zweden in the past). She attacked the Britten with verve and was warmly received. I have no doubt we will see her back next season, probably to perform some other 20th century piece. She gave an encore of a movement from a Hindemith Sonata for Solo Violin.

    Small cavil that the program notes talked all about the history of the symphony (which is admittedly fascinating), but said next to nothing about the music itself; I like a little analysis with my criticism.
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    Just got back from Handel's Messiah half an hour ago.

    Yulia Van Doren, soprano
    John Holiday, countertenor
    Miles Mykkanen, tenor
    Alex Rosen, bass

    Of the soloists, the bass was fantastic. All were good, but I did not care for the tenor's voice. The soprano has some vibrato that was bothersome to me. And surprise, the countertenor actually was quite good (I still will avoid them though), but always kept me wishing for a female voice because it would be just that much better (to me).
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    Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, UK
    1st December 2018

    Handel
    Messiah

    Hallé Orchestra; John Butt (conductor); Hallé Choir
    Soloists:
    Mary Bevan, soprano; Jess Dandy contralto; Stuart Jackson, tenor; Lukas Jakobski, bass


    This is the sort of music that Mrs Vox, our Manchester-based son and I can enjoy equally and this concert was in fact her choice of outing.

    All of the performers were very good, though Jess Dandy's rich contralto and Lukas Jakobski's imposing bass stood out as particularly secure and impressive for me.

    This was followed by excellent food and an exceedingly good evening was had by all of the party.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TurnaboutVox View Post
    Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, UK
    1st December 2018

    Handel
    Messiah

    Hallé Orchestra; John Butt (conductor); Hallé Choir
    Soloists:
    Mary Bevan, soprano; Jess Dandy contralto; Stuart Jackson, tenor; Lukas Jakobski, bass


    This is the sort of music that Mrs Vox, our Manchester-based son and I can enjoy equally and this concert was in fact her choice of outing.

    All of the performers were very good, though Jess Dandy's rich contralto and Lukas Jakobski's imposing bass stood out as particularly secure and impressive for me.

    This was followed by excellent food and an exceedingly good evening was had by all of the party.
    John Butt would be with the Dunedin Consort? I have their Messiah recording, the Dublin version, quite nice. Now I wish I had attened your Messiah with that contralto and all, but then again, John Holiday was an interesting experience.
    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
    --Renata Scotto in "Scotto, More Than a DIva."

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    Last night I attended a very enjoyable concert by our local professional orchestra.

    Gabrieli
    Gubaidulina
    Tchaikovsky

    Giovanni Gabrieli Sacrae symphoniae: Sonata plan'e forte and Canzon duodecimi toni
    This was performed by ten brass players, five on each side. Very enjoyable and nice to hear some early music.

    Sofia Gubaidulina, Offertorium soloist Baiba Skride. This was amazing to see. I've heard it before, but to see it live was a real treat. I'm not sure most of the audience liked it, but certainly a few of us did. Her playing is terrific, so clear in her articulation. Fiendishly difficult in places she played it with clarity and projection. Discordant double stops, lots of artificial harmonics, sul ponticello, on the bridge. Fantastic to see and hear this. And great that my local orchestra is branching out into other more modern repertoire. I hope they do this more often in the years ahead. It does get boring seeing the same old war horses in the brochure year after year. But that's what most people want, I think.

    Tchaikovsky Sixth Symphony. Back to war horse repertoire for the second half. But this is my favourite symphony of his. This performance was enjoyable too. Of course, the audience started clapping after the third movement and the conductor still has his hands up in the air ready to begin the fourth movement. That breaks the flow of the music. Oh well. I usually forgive the audience for clapping between movements but that one was a bit annoying.



    I saw three people there I know in real life, we had some nice chats. Three different conversations at three different times. I often see people I know at these concerts, it's a small world. The classical world is a small world, it's not hard to bump into people I know.
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    My friend and I had a very enjoyable evening in Linlithgow (near Edinburgh) at a concert by the excellent Ruisi String Quartet. A very mixed programme:

    Purcell - Three Fantasias
    Bartók - Quartet No.2 Op.17
    Beethoven - Quartet in E minor Op.59 No. 2

    Thanks to some of you here on TC, I’ve started listening to Bartók’s SQs and it was really good to experience a live performance by this excellent quartet.The Beethoven too was a real joy.

    Mulled wine and mince pies were served in the interval. Unfortunately I don’t like either!

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    Last night at Symphony Center Michael Tilson-Thomas conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in an all Russian program, in the Prokofiev Nicola Benedetti was the soloists, a great concert, the Stravinsky is an odd piece.

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    Stravinsky Concerto in D for String Orchestra
    Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2
    Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 (Pathétique)
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    Rutter's Magnificat was the main piece of Eötvös Loránd University's christmas concert today. the professional choir was really, really great. they sounded very homogenous with very good dynamics. the soprano sang from the balcony. the orchestra was bigger than I expected (5 cellos & 4 double basses) in a relatively small hall. I've heard the piece before but it was fantastic live, one of the best concerts ever.
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