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    Quote Originally Posted by newyorkconversation View Post
    Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
    Ádám Fisher - conductor
    Leonidas Kavakos - violin
    Carnegie Hall, New York City
    March 3, 2019

    Haydn - Symphony No. 97

    Mozart - Violin Concerto No. 5 ("Turkish")
    encore: Bach - Gavotte en Rondeau from Violin Partita No. 3

    Mozart - Symphony No. 41 ("Jupiter")
    encore: Mozart - Cassation for Orchestra in G Major
    2nd encore: Mozart - Overture to The Marriage of Figaro

    The VPO really plays as an ensemble, with very smooth balance between sections. I was particularly impressed by Konzertmeister Rainer Honeck's lively work. Great Sunday afternoon.
    I would love to have gone to that one. One if my Twitter friends is a violinist in this orchestra

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    Just went to the Concertgebouw orchestra playing Mahler 7 with Jaap van Zweden instead of Daniele Gatti. Would have preferred to hear Gatti's reading of this wonderful piece. In 2011 I heard Boulez and in 2016 Jansons conducting this symphony with this orchestra. To me, this is the greatest Mahler band out there.

    Anyhow, nothing beats a live concert

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    Amadigi by Haendel, last night in Compiegne, very cheap (video on walls) production but the (all female) singers were excellent, and the orchesta was very talented.

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    Amadigi Opéra en trois actes (1715)
    De Georg Friedrich Haendel

    Direction artistique et musicale Jérôme Correas
    Mise en scène et scénographie Bernard Levy

    Avec
    Oriana, Amel Brahim-Djelloul, soprano
    Melissa, Aurélia Legay, soprano
    Amadigi, Sophie Pondjiclis, mezzo-soprano
    Dardano, Séraphine Cotrez, contralto
    Les Paladins 21 instrumentistes,
    dirigés par Jérôme Correas

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    On Wednesday I attended Gülsin Onay`s piano recital at Albert Long Hall, Bogazici University. Wonderful concert, terrible audience...
    And at one point, the concert was interrupted by the rehearsal of University`s Jazz Choir next door which was very embarrassing and distracting.

    Programme:

    Bach - Keyboard Partita no. 1
    Mendelssohn - Variations sérieuses
    Chopin - Ballade no. 2

    Saygun - Inci`s Book, op. 10
    Schubert/Liszt - Auf dem Wasser zu singen
    Beethoven - Piano Sonata no. 26 "Les Adieux"

    Encore: Bach/Busoni - Chorale Prelude Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein, BWV 734a

    I can easily place Onay as the 2nd best Turkish pianist after Biret before Sermet. This recital strengthened my general opinion on her. Everything except than Chopin was great (which was a little bit undramatic for my taste) but Bach and Saygun were exceptionally marvellous. She performed with great technique and agility which was not a surprise for me but she produced very sweet mild tones now and then (with the help of the Steiny I assume) which astonished me.

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    Last night, my wife and I attended a concert at the Phoenix Symphony.

    Music heard:

    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Stephen Hough, pianist)
    Strauss: Ein Heldenleben

    Hough and the orchestra were fantastic on the concerto. After intermission, conductor Tito Munoz explained the background, themes, and instrumentation of the Strauss piece, including some pre-performance snippets by the orchestra to demonstrate what we would hear later. This made the music much more meaningful to us, and the tubas saying "Doctor Dehring" became hilarious every time. The concertmaster played the solo violin parts, and he was amazing on them.

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    Hodges, Koh and Kartunnen with a program of Jolas, Saariaho, and concluding with a Lindberg trio which immensely revives my interest in the composer who I followed closely in the mid 90s.

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    Went to a wonderful one last weekend
    Oslo Philharmonic
    Soloist Nikolai Lugansky
    Vasily Petrenko

    Tchaikovsky Romeo & Juliet
    Grieg Piano Concerto
    Rachmaninov Symphony no 1

    Encores. Rachmaninov Etudes tableaux ( not sure which one)
    Elgar Chanson de Matin

    Third time have seen Petrenko live, twice with RLPO and one with Oslo. Live or recorded has never let me down
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    yesterday I went to a free concert to the Solti Hall of Liszt Academy because I missed Ibert's flute concerto about a year ago in Miskolc. After the interval I did not return as I managed to take a good seat in Grand Hall. (I asked some people before it. both intervals started about the same time.) Danubia Orchestra Óbuda performed Vivaldi's Fours Seasons with soloists Antal Zalai.
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    Cosima Soulez-Lariviére, who played Gubaidulina's Offertorium in the first part, came back for an encore (a movement from Bach's Double Concerto BWV 1403).
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    Not a concert, but a masterclass. I wasn't performing. I watched.

    Henning Kraggerud, violinist, was conducting a masterclass with three young music students. This was really interesting to watch and listen. Three students each performed one piece. And then for 30 minutes per student Henning talked and played with the student as they worked on certain aspects of their piece.

    All solo Bach
    Violin Sonata no 2 Andante
    Violin Sonata no 3 Largo
    Cello Suite no 1 Prelude

    With each student he would pull apart each piece. He'd play the bass line while the student played the top line. Then switch. He even had the student improvise while he played the bass line. He really tried hard to get the student to move away from just the mechanics of the notes, to feel the music with all their senses. He even had one student move and dance while playing.

    Very interesting to watch.

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    Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK
    Chamber Music Festival 2019
    "Joseph Haydn - Innovation and Inspiration"


    Saturday 16th March

    Trio Wanderer

    Joseph Haydn
    Piano Trio in A major Hob XV:18
    Piano Trio in F sharp minor Hob XV:26
    Piano Trio in E flat minor Hob XV:31
    Ludwig van Beethoven
    Piano Trio in B flat major Op 97 ‘Archduke’
    Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian, violin; Raphaël Pidoux, cello; Vincent Coq, piano



    Sunday 17th March

    Heath Quartet

    Joseph Haydn
    String Quartet in D major Op 20 No 4
    String Quartet in C major Op 74 No 1
    Ludwig van Beethoven
    String Quartet in E flat major Op 127
    Oliver Heath, Sara Wolstenholme, violins; Gary Pomeroy, viola; Chris Murray, cello


    The Heath Quartet were quite excellent. Their Haydn was lucid and precise so that all the instruments' lines could easily be followed, even by my old ears, and their love for the music shone through in abundance. Unusually, the violin and viola players in this quartet stand up to play, and they literally danced with their instruments at times (the cellist was on a raised dais so that he was nearer the standing musicians' eye level) and there was a lot of eye-contact between the musicians.

    Beethoven's Op.127 was magnificent and moving in their hands. On this showing, they should certainly consider recording their performances of both composers.

    We didn't feel so sure of the Trio Wanderer's recital, especially the Haydn trios. There seemed to be something rather pedestrian about those performances. The 'Archduke' trio came off much better, but this seemed a rather heavy and old-fashioned account even so. My son thought that the violin was often slightly out of tune, which I must say I didn't detect, but his ears are much younger and better than mine.
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    I am getting excited about the upcoming operas I have tickets to.

    Handel's Alcina. Saturday, March 30, 2019 8:00PM
    Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre

    University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance
    Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Hansel & Gretel April 6 - April 14, 2019
    Michigan Opera Theatre, Detroit Michgian
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    "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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    I just bought a ticket to see Beethoven's 2nd Symphony Sat. the 30th at Cincinnati Music Hall! I'm very excited, and won't have bad company to distract me this time, .

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    my Hungarian RSO concert with Britten's The Company of Heaven and Haydn's Heiligmesse was canceled yesterday in Vigadó due to an old WW2 bomb found in a building site in Vörösmarty Square.
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    Pianist Nikolay Khozyainov yesterday in San Francisco. I doubt that the piano will ever be the same after the all-guns-blazing assault! Actually, the Debussy and Chopin had exquisite moments of poetry and tenderness. He just took no prisoners in the Stravinsky and his second encore:

    DEBUSSY Suite Bergamasque
    STRAVINSKY Three Movements from Petrushka
    STRAVINSKY/KHOZYAINOV "Danse Sacrale" from Rite of Spring

    -intermission-

    CHOPIN Berceuse
    CHOPIN Sonata No. 3 in B minor

    Encores:
    Chopin Nocturne in C#minor
    Khozyainov: Fantasy on a Theme From Star Wars (Darth vader's theme)

    I seriously doubt that Horowitz or Cziffra in their prime could have approached the jaw-dropping display of intensity and virtuosity in his own piece. It was overwhelming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captainnumber36 View Post
    I just bought a ticket to see Beethoven's 2nd Symphony Sat. the 30th at Cincinnati Music Hall! I'm very excited, and won't have bad company to distract me this time, .
    It was a great time! I loved it.

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