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    Anyone in Switzerland/ southern Germany? It's still two weeks from now, but I'm planning to see Janin Jansen with Herbert Blomstedt and the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich on June 28 (Brahms violin concerto, third symphony).

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    Lovely concert yesterday evening from Endellion String Quartet at The Venue, Leeds College of Music.

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    Haydn String Quartet op 20 no 6, Bartok String Quartet op 17 no 2 and Beethoven String Quartet no 1 op 59 (Razumovsky).

    Such a lovely evening
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    Last night,

    Alexander Kniazev, Cello
    Boris Berezovsky, Piano

    Performed,

    R. Strauss - Cello Sonata in F major
    Shostakovich - Cello Sonata in D minor
    Rach - Cello Sonata in G minor

    Encore: Brahms - "Muss es eine Trennung geben" from Die schöne Magelone


    Strauss Sonata has never impressed me much as a composition but the performance was of a sensitive, delicate kind and the slow movement was great. I would rank Shostakovich Sonata very highly in the genre maybe right after Brahms` ones and I suspect that the both performers also care for this work very much, it was very tense all the way through. I`m not the biggest fan of Rach`s chamber music but this Sonata is a tremendous work and I`m guessing that it is very demanding for both instruments. Performance was very majestic and the audience was very grateful with it. General observation, composers such like Rach or Tchaikovsky have been favourites amongst Turkish audience for some reason. If you are planning to perform here in Turkey, put some Rach into your programme. Brahms transcription was not very significant perhaps but I`m always delighted to hear some Brahms...

    Kniazev was very controlling and authoritative with his instrument but at the same time his touch and style were very elegant and he was able to produce sweet tones whenever he wanted to do so. I was only acquainted with Berezovsky the uber-virtuoso and frankly, I was a little bit prejudicial with Berezovsky the accompanyist. I was very impressed with his gentility and humility. He let the cello shine brightly but the piano was never dull not even for a moment. And he showed his class with Rach. Other than the interesting choice of Strauss I believe the concert was almost perfect.

    P.S. Berezovsky looks awfully alike Stephen Fry from a certain distance with his posture and hairstyle... Or, maybe I should visit my ophthalmologist soon.

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    Great review. I really must get to Istanbul for some opera and concerts. Is there a listing for the concerts somewhere?

    I saw Boris Berezovsky in concert in Budapest April where he played three concertos and conducted them too. Then for the encore he gave us the famous romantic movement from Schumann's piano quartet. You're right, he does look rather like Stephen Fry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Fatale View Post
    I really must get to Istanbul for some opera and concerts. Is there a listing for the concerts somewhere?
    We are almost at the end of the concert season therefore this might not be the most ideal time for an Istanbul visit. But if you are interested, I can find and send you the list of the next season as soon as it is announced.

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    Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra in MOM (Budapest) in a free concert. it was a big orchestra with 8 violas, 8 cellos and at least 5 double basses. they played The Chairman Dances and Bartók's Dance suite. they sounded like a professional orchestra, even the brasses were clear in the the finale of Brahms' 2nd.

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    Last Friday at Sureyya Opera Hall,

    Piotr Anderszewski, Piano

    Performed,

    Bach - Preludes&Fugues from WTC Book II: BWV 876, 886, 887

    Schumann - 7 Piano Pieces in Fughetta Form, op. 126

    Beethoven - Diabelli Variations

    Encore: Beethoven - Bagatelle no. 1 in G major from 6 Bagatelles, op. 126


    He looked like a brain surgeon operating on some sinuous object, penetrating with his sharp fingers into its mellow depths while he was performing on his grand instrument. I must admit that this is a Programme that might become terribly dull in the wrong hands but even though everything that he played was utterly personal and introverted, it was also uncanny and intriguing at the same time. He kept his aloof, deadpan manner even in the most humoresque moments which created a certain distance between him and the audience but it also provided him an unattainable, ubermensch kind of look as if he was a Romantic poet with extraordinary capacities. It was truly a unique experience and my only regret is that I didn`t have some sheet music with me, it would have been much more interesting that way...

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    Should I go see David Zinman conduct Mozart and Mendelssohn, or an all Bach concert with Hilary Hahn? Both are at same venue, same price.
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    On Saturday I attended the String Quartet Marathon performance of the Tanglewood Music Center (at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts).

    Thirty-six young musicians arranged into nine ensembles ran through much of the core quartet canon, including selections from Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Smetana, Dvorak and Mozart in addition to movements from Haydn's "Tost" quartets (Op. 54, 55 and 64), in two sessions of about 2 hours each. Quartet lover's heaven, with the absence of any Beethoven being the only puzzlement of the program.

    For me there was one standout quartet, and in that quartet one standout performer, violinist Ji-Yeon Lee, whose first violin in Smetana's "From My Life" was beautifully fluid and assured. A first-rate musician who must have a bright future ahead of her.

    Kudos also to Lee's quartet-mates Heejung Yang (viola), Lauren Peacock (cello) and Jeeyoung Park (violin). The young violinist Francesca Bass also impressed in Mendelssohn's Quartet No. 6 -- but truly, all of the participants were at a very high level and the attendees could have very few complaints overall.

    Great trip to Tanglewood and great fun.
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    On July 10th I attended a concert preforming Verdi's Requiem, and it was amazing!

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    Ádám Fellegi (77) played yesterday in a small church in Békásmegyer, Budapest. he played over 100 minutes without sheet.


    Schumann: Fantasie in C (3rd movement)
    Brahms: Four Pieces for Piano - Rhapsody in E-flat major, Op. 119 No. 4
    Mendelssohn: Frühlingslied (Lied ohne Worte) Op. 62 No. 6
    Rachmaninoff: Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 3 No. 2
    Grieg: Peer Gynt - Solveig's song
    Liszt: Liebesträume
    Chopin: Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. posth.
    Chopin: Scherzo for piano No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31
    Schubert: Impromptu in G-flat major, Op. 90 No. 3
    Tchaikovsky: The Seasons (June: Barcarolle, October: Autumn Song, December: Christmas)
    Rubinstein: Melody Op.3, No. 1
    Schumann: Kinderszenen - Träumerei, Op.15 No.7
    Brahms: Six Pieces for Piano - Intermezzo in E-flat minor, Op. 118 No. 6
    Debussy: Clair de lune
    Chopin: Étude in E major Op. 10, No. 3
    Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12
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    it's on YouTube. he starts at 4:10 adter a short introduction.

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    The Hungarian Academy of Arts celebrated the 80th anniversary of Attila Bozay's birth and the 85th anniversary of Zsolt Durkó's birth. They're posthumous members, both passed away in the late '90s. Miskolc SO played their works yesterday in Vigadó. I'm not a fan of postmodern, but I really enjoyed it.

    Durkó: Ornamenti No.1.
    Bozay: Pezzo concertato No.3. Op.37. (with flutist István Matuz)
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    Durkó: Piano Concerto (Klára Körmendi)
    Bozay: Pezzo sinfonico Op.13.

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    I just got home from a concert at the Trinity Church on the Green in New Haven, CT. My wife and I got to see The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge perform under the leadership of Stephen Layton. The concert was fabulous; the choir in top form.

    The choir members positioned themselves in the front of the alter area using the stairs as a means to position themselves. We were 10 feet from the choir, left side, and 15 feet from Stephen Layton. It was really interesting watching the supple movements he made with his facial expressions and hand gestures. The choir understood it all and the 34 members reacted as one.

    The final selection was Herbert Howells "Nunc Dimittis (St Paul's Service) and the choir was accompanied by an organ scholar on the church's organ......other worldly. The dynamic range of the choir and organ was incredible. The audience all jumped to their feet with a standing ovation at the conclusion.

    After the concert, we went downstairs where there was a small reception for the choir. This was not announced to the public. I had contacted the church back in June when I first learned of the concert (issues involving handicap accessibility for my wife), and the lady I communicated with several times knew where we would be sitting and made the effort to introduce herself before the concert began. She invited us to join the choir downstairs after the concert. I had the opportunity to speak with Stephen Layton, who is a really sweet guy; very laid back, calm, serene. A wonderful experience we'll both remember.
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