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    2014-04-07
    Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra (=Hungarian State Opera Orchestra)
    Lionel Bringuier
    Hungarian State Opera House

    Debussy: Prélude à l'Après-midi d'un faune
    Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 (with Miklós Perényi)
    Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé

    this was perhaps my 1st real concert after some opera performances, a memorable one.
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    2015-01-19
    Hungarian State Opera Orchestra
    Hungarian State Opera House
    Tamás Vásáry (conductor)

    Kodály Zoltán Peacock variations
    Liszt: Hungarian Fantasy (with Mihály Berecz)
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

    This one is special for the long encore: they played Die Fledermaus overture and Brahms' Hungarian dance no. 5 twice (with different conducting styles). To be honest, the concert was 8 days later than the last performance of Die Fledermaus. yesterday I found the concert on YouTube.

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    2017-12-04
    Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer
    Müpa

    Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major
    Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
    Brahms: Symphony No. 3

    I upgraded from my stalls left box 6 in the intermission. I attended a performance of the same symphony by the Miskolc SO a couple months earlier, did not expect night & day difference. I was wrong.
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    2018-12-16
    Eötvös Loránd University Orchestra & Choir, László Kovács
    Rutter: Magnificat

    I inquired in a letter, didn't have to purchase a ticket. Rutter's Magnificat was in the 2nd part of the concert. I didn't expect such quality from an university orchestra, the choir was excellent. there were 2 performances that day, should have stayed for the evening as well.
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    2019-05-12
    Danish Chamber Orchestra, Ádám Fischer
    Liszt Academy

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 / Figaro overture (encore)

    Went to a free university chamber concert, calculated the intermission in the main hall, took a seat. Apart from the 1st part - an overture from Haydn and Mozart's Symphony No. 38, I missed my grandmother's 92nd birthday with relatives coming from the US. (Would do it again, Figaro overture has never sounded so good from The Budapest Philharmonic.)
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    Being a Mancunian I grew up with the Halle but was too young to see them with Barbirolli. However I did see all of the Barbirolli's predecessors at some time. Favourites? Remember a glorious Loughran Planets and Beethoven 7th and a superb Bruckner 4th with Stan. Such a shame that the orchestra was so badly run-down and underfunded in the 80s.The Free Trade Hall didn't have a great acoustic and the bar was pathetic but I miss the place.
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    I spent my teenage years in New Zealand, where top-class international acts never came. Well, hardly ever. Menuhin turned up with his orchestra in 1970, which was beyond exciting for a 15yo. Counting down the days like a kid with an advent calendar. Did the Bach double violin concerto among other things, and I just couldn't believe how charismatic he was. Four years later we got Bernstein and the NYPO, who played Mahler's 5th to an almost hysterical audience. I couldn't wait to get back to London, where this sort of thing is always on tap, but of course it was never the same. Audiences so blasé, taking it all for granted. I have never attended a concert which gave me half the hit those did, and never will. Hunger is always the best relish.

    I hasten to add that Kiwis are now far better served in this respect, so there's no need to feel sorry for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    Being a Mancunian I grew up with the Halle but was too young to see them with Barbirolli. However I did see all of the Barbirolli's predecessors at some time. Favourites? Remember a glorious Loughran Planets and Beethoven 7th and a superb Bruckner 4th with Stan. Such a shame that the orchestra was so badly run-down and underfunded in the 80s.The Free Trade Hall didn't have a great acoustic and the bar was pathetic but I miss the place.
    I also grew up in the Manchester area when Barbirolli was in residence and even went to the Free Trade Hall a couple of times ... unfortunately not for concerts and not by any wish of mine ... school speech night. I had to wait over 8 years after moving to California to see Barbirolli conduct, and then just once, not long before he died

    P.S. Merl ... I presume that you mean 'successors'

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    Quote Originally Posted by caracalla View Post
    I spent my teenage years in New Zealand, where top-class international acts never came. Well, hardly ever. Menuhin turned up with his orchestra in 1970, which was beyond exciting for a 15yo. Counting down the days like a kid with an advent calendar. Did the Bach double violin concerto among other things, and I just couldn't believe how charismatic he was. Four years later we got Bernstein and the NYPO, who played Mahler's 5th to an almost hysterical audience. I couldn't wait to get back to London, where this sort of thing is always on tap, but of course it was never the same. Audiences so blasé, taking it all for granted. I have never attended a concert which gave me half the hit those did, and never will. Hunger is always the best relish.

    I hasten to add that Kiwis are now far better served in this respect, so there's no need to feel sorry for them.
    I live near Ann Arbor, MI, and there is an organization called the University Musical Society (UMS) of the University of Michigan that brings in three to four world-class orchestras every year. I stumbled upon the UMS when I found that Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra was coming 45 minutes from where I live. Since I found that out, we have had the Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Next season, that I hope they will have, they are bringing in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Berliner Philharmoniker, Mariinsky Orchestra, and the National Symphonh Orchestra of Mexico.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    Being a Mancunian I grew up with the Halle but was too young to see them with Barbirolli. However I did see all of the Barbirolli's predecessors at some time. Favourites? Remember a glorious Loughran Planets and Beethoven 7th and a superb Bruckner 4th with Stan. Such a shame that the orchestra was so badly run-down and underfunded in the 80s.The Free Trade Hall didn't have a great acoustic and the bar was pathetic but I miss the place.
    Quote Originally Posted by Becca View Post
    I also grew up in the Manchester area when Barbirolli was in residence and even went to the Free Trade Hall a couple of times ... unfortunately not for concerts and not by any wish of mine ... school speech night. I had to wait over 8 years after moving to California to see Barbirolli conduct, and then just once, not long before he died

    P.S. Merl ... I presume that you mean 'successors'
    I had no idea the two of you were English.

    I've been to very few orchestral concerts in my life, as I just got into classical music last year. Probably the best of the bunch was Ravel's Piano Concerto, Prokofiev's 4th, & the Stravinsky Firebird Suite w/ Lionel Bringuier conducting the Atlanta SO, the soloist was Lise de la Salle, she was damn good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    I've been to very few orchestral concerts in my life, as I just got into classical music last year.
    Wow, you've really thrown yourself into it! That's awesome. I'm excited for you!

    Of course I'm excited for all of us. It's an amazing, unending road through stupendous scenery. I got hooked on Classical music in my pre-teen years, and the delight in learning and exploring hasn't let up even for an instant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    I had no idea the two of you were English.

    I've been to very few orchestral concerts in my life, as I just got into classical music last year. Probably the best of the bunch was Ravel's Piano Concerto, Prokofiev's 4th, & the Stravinsky Firebird Suite w/ Lionel Bringuier conducting the Atlanta SO, the soloist was Lise de la Salle, she was damn good.
    I hope Becca doesn't mind me saying this but after a convo we had we discovered that we both lived in the same area of Manchester and possibly at the same time, with probably less than a quarter of a mile between our houses. However I would have been about 10 back then and Becca would have been about 80.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    I hope Becca doesn't mind me saying this but after a convo we had we discovered that we both lived in the same area of Manchester and possibly at the same time, with probably less than a quarter of a mile between our houses. However I would have been about 10 back then and Becca would have been about 80.
    ...and getting younger every day Actually I was probably long gone when Merl was born (thankfully )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becca View Post
    ...and getting younger every day Actually I was probably long gone when Merl was born (thankfully )
    Quote Originally Posted by Becca View Post
    ...and getting younger every day Actually I was probably long gone when Merl was born (thankfully )
    Hahaha. Yes you were long gone, Becca. Ive just recalled the conversation (my memory aint what it used to be). Strangely enough, i was talking to someone in one of those Google groups, years back, and we were chatting about the Free Trade Hall and we worked out we'd seen a few of the same classical gigs (and rock gigs) there. To make it even weirder I discovered that he had lived on the road opposite my old school, quarter of a mile away, and was the son of my scondary school music teacher. Small world.

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    Before marriage and parenting, I had a season subscription to the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO).
    Two concerts stand out.
    I saw Ozawa conduct the Eroica.
    The second fav was Rudolph Serkin and the BSO (Ozawa) performing Beethoven's 5th Concerto.

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    Many moons ago during my High School years here in the UK a couple of our teachers got tickets for a few of us to go with them to hear Barenboim conduct the Berlin Phil in Schumann 4 and Brahms 2 in the ruins of the old Coventry Cathedral. Things would be different now, especially where the Brahms is concerned, but at that age this wasn't repertoire I was particularly bothered about hearing. The orchestra was jaw-droppingly good, however, and the surroundings were an integral part of the whole experience. Literally unforgettable.
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