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    In late August once again visited the French mountain village of Saorge, which has a rich cultural life, especially in summer. There's a festival for ancient music with free concerts too. Went to one concert with mainly Baroque chamber and vocal music in the main village church, with Ensemble Sils Maria, very well done. A relatively unknown, rich and expressive Prelude for solo cello, by Buxtehude (maybe an arrangement; unfortunately there was no Buxtehude-number) was one of the surprises, likewise attractive solo vocal works by Schütz etc.

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    Another interesting concept/event was a "Balade ou Bout du Chemin", a sort of accompanied hiking concert in the hills above the village, along tiny paths, where musicians from the festival told an ancient fairy tale, stopping at selected points, that could be where the action took place, and played music. The 'concert-goers' included families with children and a few local dogs enjoying the buzz. The finish was at our B&B place, which served as a cafe after the concert hike. The music came from very diverse sources, but a lot came from Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, also there was some folk music, even from South America, where a couple of the musicians originally came from.
    An interesting idea, that could be transferred to many different circumstances, especially in villages, towns and historical environments, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joen_cph View Post
    In late August once again visited the French mountain village of Saorge, which has a rich cultural life, especially in summer. There's a festival for ancient music with free concerts too. Went to one concert with mainly Baroque chamber and vocal music in the main village church, with Ensemble Sils Maria, very well done. A relatively unknown, rich and expressive Prelude for solo cello, by Buxtehude (maybe an arrangement; unfortunately there was no Buxtehude-number) was one of the surprises, likewise attractive solo vocal works by Schütz etc.

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    Another interesting concept/event was a "Balade ou Bout du Chemin", a sort of accompanied hiking concert in the hills above the village, along tiny paths, where musicians from the festival told an ancient fairy tale, stopping at selected points, that could be where the action took place, and played music. The 'concert-goers' included families with children and a few local dogs enjoying the buzz. The finish was at our B&B place, which served as a cafe after the concert hike. The music came from very diverse sources, but a lot came from Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, also there was some folk music, even from South America, where a couple of the musicians originally came from.
    An interesting idea, that could be transferred to many different circumstances, especially in villages, towns and historical environments, of course.

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    September 21, 2019
    Symphony Hall, Phoenix

    Program:

    U.S.A. National Anthem (an opening weekend tradition)
    Shostakovich: Festive Overture
    Andrew Norman: SWITCH
    (intermission)
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

    The anthem and overture were very well played, but there is nothing really for me to talk about regarding them.

    SWITCH sounds interesting in concept, but the actual result was underwhelming. Basically, the solo percussionist is like a video game protagonist, trying to get from stage left to stage right to complete the piece. Each of the ~45 percussion instruments at the front have some effect on the orchestra's playing. I did not understand most of the cause/effect relationships going on, and the music itself was not very interesting or appealing to me. The audience gave it a standing ovation, which I attribute mostly to it being opening weekend and people recognizing how well the solo percussionist did in a challenging part. Perhaps there are more fans of this type of music out there than I know.

    Instead of the conductor speaking about the music, this year, the Phoenix Symphony hired Robert Greenberg as a host at six of the concerts to introduce some of the music. He gave a very fine talk about the Beethoven symphony with demonstration from the orchestra at certain points to illustrate what themes he was talking about. The actual performance of it was great, and it got a well-deserved standing ovation.

    Audience behavior frustrated me and made me consider whether attending the concerts live is a net positive. In general, there was a lot of coughing audible during quieter moments. In particular, I got a gem of a concertgoer two seats to my right. He pulled out a crinkly wrapped candy a couple times during the concert, and at the end of both parts of the show, he made his way out of the row during the applause before the house lights came back on.

    To end on a positive note, one change I like in the programs this year is that most pieces have a recommended recording or two at the end of the notes about them. For the 5th, they recommended Hogwood/Academy of Ancient Music on period instruments and Giulini/LA Philharmonic on modern instruments. For as many times as I have heard the 5th, I have not heard Giulini, so I will have to check that one out.

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    Last night's concert:

    Rachmaninov Isle of the Dead
    Scriabin The Poem of Ecstasy: Symphony no 4
    Rachmaninov Piano Concerto no 3 with soloist Daniil Trifonov

    I really enjoyed this concert, especially the Scriabin. The piano concerto was played after the intermission. After Trifonov finished, there was a thunderous applause and standing ovation, people jumped to their feet immediately. It usually takes a few minutes for everyone to stand, but last night it was immediate. It was an excellent performance. There were a lot of notes. The orchestra bought a new grand piano this past summer, from Germany. Trifonov played an encore, which was quite long. I don't know what he played but it was nice, a late romantic piece.

    The concert hall was packed, almost every seat taken. This doesn't usually happen, and it was nice to see it so full. For some reason and no one around seemed to know why, the concert started 15 minutes late.

    A nice evening.

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    check this for Trifonov's encore.

    there was a fantastic free concert in Matthias Church on Sunday: Purcell Choir & Orfeo Orchestra performed Vivaldi's Kyrie, Gloria and Conti's Misssa Sancti Pauli. György Vashegyi was the conductor. this was my first time to hear a theorbo live.

    yesterday I went to Miskolc to hear the orchestras and choirs of the Béla Bartók Secondary School and the Béla Bartók Music Institute. (Béla Bartók Music Institute is a faculty of the University of Miskolc. they share the same building, the Zenepalota, the Palace of Music.) the university's female choir was great, the brass ensemble was good. they performed renaissance music pieces on period instruments. they also performed Vivaldi's Gloria. this was a free concert to celebrate the international music day.
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    Default Back home after a trip to NYC

    Thursday night attended the New York Philharmonic concert

    Sibelius; Violin Concerto
    Berlioz; Symphonie fantastique

    Augustin Hadelich Violin

    Jaap van Zweden
    New York Philharmonic

    After the Sibelius, Hadelich played a violin transcription of a piece by Francisco Tárrega, which was amazing, a great concert.

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    Last weekend at Leeds Town Hall

    Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
    Yuri Simonov
    Soloist. Alexandra Dariescu

    Performing
    Tchaikovsky. Marche Slav
    Rachmaninov. Piano Concerto no 2
    Tchaikovsky. Excerpts from Swan Lake
    Khachaturian. Excerpts from Gayeneh

    Wonderful concert from all

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    We had the good fortune to see a remarkable string ensemble called Sphinx Virtuosi yesterday. They're an 18-member ensemble (8 violins, 4 violas, 4 cellos, and 2 contrabasses) of african-american and latino musicians. Here's the program:

    Alberto Romero - Fuga con pajarillo

    Bela Bartok - Divertimento for String Orchestra

    Jennifer Higdon - Southern Harmony, movement 2 (Reel Time)

    Michael Abels - Global Warming

    Philip Herbert - Elegy: In Memoriam—Stephen Lawrence

    Xavier Foley (one of the two contrabassists - b. 1994) - For Justice and Peace

    Jessie Montgomery (a former member of the ensemble) - Source Code

    Franz Schubert - Death and the Maiden, movement 4 (Presto).

    Then an encore which was by Astor Piazzola (didn't catch the entire title, but the word "fuga" was definitely part of it)

    This was an outstanding performance, especially the Bartok work, the second movement of which is a great example of his "night music." If you ever have an opportunity to see this ensemble, I'd recommend that you leap at it.
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    Gábor Takács-Nagy, the founder of the Takács Quartet, conducted the Budapest FO in Liszt Adademy on Saturday. Haydn's Symphony No. 20, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 9. with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Mozart's Symphony No. 36. Takács conducted like a little kid with great enthusiasm, his score was heavily marked with at least 3 colors. Bavouzet played a movement from a Haydn piano concerto as an encore without orchestra. I've already heard Bavouzet in the same building with Hungarian RSO a few months ago when he performed Ravel's PC. I upgraded in the intermission from the 2nd row of choir seats to 2nd row in the stalls, but the choir seat was suprisingly good as well. (I can not recommend row 1 of the choir seats despite they're pricier than row 2/3 as they're too close to the double-basses or the tympany.)
    3 weeks earlier Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra played Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in MOM in a free concert, this was much better.

    I went to Gyöngyös after the concert and heard excerpts from Hair. it wouldn't had worked out in Broadway, but it was an ok performance in that theatre, as it was a free concert for International Music Day.
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    Default Tonight's concert

    Last week in NYC it was the New York Philharmonic, tonight back homein the Windy City at Orchestra Hall, my first Cso concert since end of the strike last season.


    Prokofiev Overture on Hebrew Themes
    Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1
    Mendelssohn Capriccio brillant
    Lutosławski Concerto for Orchestra

    Sunwook Kim

    Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Kirill Karabits

    The Lutoslawski in particular was a highlight.

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    School for Exceptional Young Talents (of Liszt Academy) gave concerts in Liszt Academy yesterday with Animae Musicae Chamber Orchestra. Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major / Haydn: Violin Concerto No. 4 in G major / Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major. I think all the 9 soloists who played only 1 movement were below 15 and all 3 cello soloists were asian. the orchestra was great, they played Mozart's 40th with guests last time, that's why I wasn't satisfied. I really enjoyed this free concert.
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    This weekend, I saw Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back at the Phoenix Symphony. The Blu-ray version of the film is projected with subtitles while the orchestra plays the music live. The intermission point comes at the same place that the two-disc soundtrack splits, right after Luke's encounter in the cave on Dagobah. That cue ends with a statement of Vader's theme. After intermission, the orchestra played a shortened concert suite version of Vader's theme before getting back into the film. They did not have any female vocalists for the arrival at Cloud City.

    The audience could sometimes be distracting, but they also highlighted just how much good humor is in Empire. My biggest criticism is that the trumpet section sounded really weak, like they needed to have about five more of them on stage for the big fanfares. I love the movie and soundtrack, but hearing it live was not an improvement over listening to the LSO's soundtrack.

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    Mahler's 7 at the Philharmonie in Paris (Porte de la Villette)
    Alexandre Bloch and the Orchestre National de Lille
    Almost 100 musicians on stage, fantastic acoustic, a brilliant moment.
    Favourite movements, the 2nde (first Nocturne)and the Final.

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    another Hungarian Radio SO concert this past Wednesday in Liszt Academy. Beethoven's Piano concerto No. 4 (with Dezső Ránki) & Christus am Ölberge (op. 85).

    the following day I sneaked in to Budapest Festival Orchestra's annual Sándor Végh Competition. It was held in their rehearsal room in Óbuda. (the winners will perform next season.) I might have been the only non-family member there. I enjoyed it a lot despite the pieces were usually performed with piano arrangement. (Andante e rondo ongarese was a nice exception.) I saw the orchestra members' briefcases and instruments as they are now in Vicenza to perform Monteverdi's La favola d'Orfeo.
    Antonín Dvořák: Rondo, Op. 94
    Carl Maria von Weber: Bassoon Concerto in F major, Op.75
    Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Violin Concerto in D minor, MWV O 3
    Marcel Grandjany: Symphonic Poem for Harp, French Horn and Orchestra, Op. 6
    Jacques Loussier: Violin Concerto No. 2
    Liszt Ferenc: Fantasie über Motive aus Beethovens Ruinen von Athen, S.122
    Domenico Cimarosa: Concerto for 2 Flutes in G major, G.1077
    Wolf Péter: Utazás (1. Le Havre, 2. Andalucia, 3. Liverpool, 4. Bihar, 5. Jerusalem)
    Carl Maria von Weber: Andante e rondo ongarese, Op 35.
    Artie Shaw: Clarinet concerto
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    saw La fille mal gardée yesterday in Erkel Theatre. It was ok, but Tchaikovky's Nutcracker, Swan lake and Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet are much better. after the ballet I went to an organ recital in Saint Gellert Church (Újbuda): Chaconne in E minor (BuxWV 160), Prelude and Fugue in B minor (BWV 544), Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor (BWV 582) & Franck's Grande Pièce Symphonique. Riga Academy of Music and Liszt Academy shared an evening: I heard new pieces and Martinu's & Ravel's trio. It was a long day that could have been even longer as Angelica Girls’ Choir Jubilee Concert was in Liszt Academy's Grand Hall, but I didn't force things, arrived home 80 minutes earlier.

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