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    Default Last night at Symphony Center

    Sibelius & Nielsen: A Nordic Celebration

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    Sibelius Finlandia
    Nielsen Violin Concerto
    Nielsen Helios Overture
    Sibelius Symphony No. 5



    Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Hannu Lintu conductor
    Pekka Kuusisto violin


    A good concert, not a great concert, never been a big fan of Nielsen VC, a nice touch is when Kuusisto joined the orchestra for Sibelius 5th.

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    Earlier this week lucky enough to go to Amsterdam and hear the Concertgebouw
    Hengelbrock conducting

    Beethoven Egmont Overture
    Lutoslawski Cello Concerto
    Beethoven Symphony No.5

    Wonderful venue and superb orchestra a real treat
    They did the 5th at a very brisk pace which seemed just a bit too fast for my ears leading to a loss of impact. Fate seemed to be in a hurry, but I guess this is the modern way with Beethoven.
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    Been about 3 years since last classical, it was a baroque festive thing, Vivaldi and some Bach. Going to local symphony here in the prairie in April, a concert around Fantasia, so Firebird etc. Also some locally commissioned work first played in 2006. I was not able to find a recording ever made of it.

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    I watched the last rehearsal before the North American Premier of Jörg Widmann’s “Babylon” Suite.

    Also, Symphonia Domestica, Op. 53, the tone poem for large orchestra by Richard Strauss.
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    I just attended an Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes concert this afternoon. The program was as follows -

    Mozart: The Abduction of the Seraglio overture (arranged for a small string ensemble)

    Brahms: movements I, III, VII, and IX from Variations on a Theme by Haydn

    Nazaykinskaya: Fenix

    Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (version from 1919)

    Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf


    A string ensemble of kids played in the first two pieces. I won't sugarcoat it: they sounded pretty bad. But they are just kids so I'll tolerate it.

    The Suite from The Firebird made me realize that I really should become more familiar with Stravinsky's music since I really enjoyed what I heard of it.

    The Peter and the Wolf performance was choreographed. It wasn't anything fancy, but it was cute, I suppose.

    The biggest surprise of the concert though, was the performance of Fenix by Polina Nazaykinskaya. I wasn't expecting anything special, since it's a very new piece (I was expecting it to be boring at best). However, it was actually very enjoyable. The composer herself came on stage to introduce the piece. I believe she was born in Russia but now lives in the U.S. The piece was very Neo-Romantic and represents the legend of the Phoenix. It had an interesting sound effect of the brass and wind players blowing into there instruments without actually playing notes (it was meant to sound like wind). The piece had a three note leitmotif. I had trouble keeping track of the leitmotif at times, but it could just be me. I believe it premiered in Albany, New York in April last year. I believe OSFL played another one of her pieces in the past. So, it's surprising that I enjoyed this new piece, considering the one I heard before was rather boring. I hope the Fenix becomes more popular and is recorded. I was simply surprised by it.

    Overall the concert was quite enjoyable. I hope they still end up performing Strauss's Don Juan at their concert in May. It seems to have disappeared from their program.

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    Hélène Grimaud performance cancelled at the University of Michigan, but they are giving free access to listen to the playlist HERE. The playlist is of her exact concert recital program, featuring music from her latest album, Memory, and 2009 recording of Schumann’s Kreisleriana.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adriesba View Post
    The biggest surprise of the concert though, was the performance of Fenix by Polina Nazaykinskaya. I wasn't expecting anything special, since it's a very new piece (I was expecting it to be boring at best). However, it was actually very enjoyable. The composer herself came on stage to introduce the piece. I believe she was born in Russia but now lives in the U.S. The piece was very Neo-Romantic and represents the legend of the Phoenix. It had an interesting sound effect of the brass and wind players blowing into there instruments without actually playing notes (it was meant to sound like wind). The piece had a three note leitmotif. I had trouble keeping track of the leitmotif at times, but it could just be me. I believe it premiered in Albany, New York in April last year. I believe OSFL played another one of her pieces in the past. So, it's surprising that I enjoyed this new piece, considering the one I heard before was rather boring. I hope the Fenix becomes more popular and is recorded. I was simply surprised by it.
    They put out a video of the performance:



    What do you all think?

    I think the brass needs tuning.
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    Looks like the new normal is televised living room concerts... pay-per-view but not on-demand which is kinda disappointing.... and we may see more streaming limitations to come unfortunately... but it should not affect audio just video...

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    Here in Hungary we still have concerts. Yesterday Isabelle Faust & Il Giardino Armonico performed Locatelli's works in Liszt Academy. I certainly enjoyed it despite I'm not interested in renaissance/baroque music.

    It was about my 10th concert of the new season. The audience is the same regardless of the number of sold tickets, at least 2/3 of the hall is empty.
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    I saw yesterday's BFO concert in Italian Cultural Institute. A string orchestra played, there were only 3 cellos and 1 double bass. The concert validated the famous string sound of the orchestra. I registered 2 weeks before the concert, the ticket was 1000HUF (3€).

    I read Music as Alchemy (on BFO) and Shoot the Conductor (on Ormándy) on the train/bus.

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    Chamber music festivals are going now. Just heard Dvorak's piano quintet yesterday.

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    I've got tickets for the Dover String Quartet on August 12th. My first live show since September 2019. Can't wait to get out and hear some live music and see the people.
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    Anybody knows if there are any online concerts that we can listen to?

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    Off to Castle Howard Proms on the Park tonight. Gio Campari top of the bill and heavy rain forecast 90%.

    I have no idea what's on the programme, but I'm sure it will be a quintessentially British event.
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    First recital in a year yesterday

    Stephen Hough

    Performed

    Rawthornes. Bagatelles
    Schumann Kreisleriana
    Hough. Partitia
    Chopin. Ballade no 3
    Chopin Nocturnes op 15 no 2 and op 9 no 2
    Chopin Scherzo no 2

    Met him afterwards and got Schumann CD and programme autographed. He was really nice and friendly.
    A lovely recital and enjoyable evening!

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