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Offline Brian

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If you could conduct for one night
« on: January 03, 2011, 08:52:58 AM »
Let's say you are able to be one of the best conductors in the world for a single concert - maybe you've asked a genie, or a fairy or wizard or something, and they have granted you conducting powers to lead any orchestra as you wish, and accompanist skills if you want to be joined by a soloist, for one concert (plus rehearsals). You can't cheat and put on a marathon concert of ten pieces.

So...

what program do you perform?

Bonus question for real snobs  ;D . What orchestra do you lead?

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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2011, 08:55:32 AM »
Let's say you are able to be one of the best conductors in the world for a single concert - maybe you've asked a genie, or a fairy or wizard or something, and they have granted you conducting powers to lead any orchestra as you wish, and accompanist skills if you want to be joined by a soloist, for one concert (plus rehearsals). You can't cheat and put on a marathon concert of ten pieces.

So...

what program do you perform?

Bonus question for real snobs  ;D . What orchestra do you lead?

That's easy, Bruckner 8, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.  (Or maybe Brahms 4.)

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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2011, 01:42:56 PM »
Concertgebouw Orchestra

Brahms: Tragic Overture
Magnard: Chant funčbre

Interval

Brian: Third Symphony
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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2011, 02:30:42 PM »
Ligeti: Requiem

Interval

Mahler: Symphony No.2

With the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the most gorgeous-sounding orchestra in the world.

Or I'd clone another three of me and conduct:

Stockhausen: Carre (for four orchestras and choruses)

(I'm using somebody else's netbook so I'm not sure how to create the accent on the e in Carre. Sorry, Stockhausen.)
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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2011, 04:37:04 PM »
Brilliant question!

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Sinfonietta --------------------------------------------------------Leoš Janácek

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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2011, 04:41:29 PM »
Brilliant question!

<thinks>

London Sinfonietta

Available Forms I ------------------------------------------------- Earle Brown

Sinfonietta --------------------------------------------------------Leoš Janácek

Transit ----------------------------------------------------- Brian Ferneyhough

The London Sinfonietta has a line-up of 14 trumpets?

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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2011, 07:01:09 PM »
Janáček - Jealousy Overture
Novák - Lady Godiva
Rachmaninov - The Isle of the Dead
Langgaard - Symphony No.11 'Ixion'

Interval

Brian - Symphony No.27
Irgens-Jensen - Passacaglia

Ideally this would leave the audience wanting to climb a mountain or something, so I certainly can't perform this in England - I'll go with the Bamberger Symphoniker.
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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2011, 07:25:35 PM »
Brilliant question!

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The London Sinfonietta has a line-up of 14 trumpets?
There are versions for smaller orchestras. But I didn't realize before looking just now that they appear to be arrangements by third parties, nor are they as compact as I recalled. Let's substitute the Concertino for piano and six instruments...

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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2011, 07:35:33 PM »
Oh, I like this question a lot. :D

I would conduct the Vienna Philharmonic.

The program:

Hindemith: Trauermusik (viola: Yuri Bashmet)
Berg: Violin Concerto (violin: Anne-Sophie Mutter)

Intermission

Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D major

This will definitely be a night of some serious music-making. :)



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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2011, 07:36:17 PM »
There are versions for smaller orchestras. But I didn't realize before looking just now that they appear to be arrangements by third parties, nor are they as compact as I recalled. Let's substitute the Concertino for piano and six instruments...

Why not substitute the London Symphony?

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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2011, 07:51:54 PM »
Great! Our marathon of "air guitar":  :P


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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2011, 08:02:45 PM »
Great! Our marathon of "air guitar":  :P


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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2011, 08:04:54 PM »
Why not substitute the London Symphony?
True -- and then I could do Available Forms II...

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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2011, 08:06:02 PM »
Hommage to Randall Scott

intermission

Sibelius 7

intermission

snyprrr: Improvisation for Grand Orchestra



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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2011, 12:36:43 PM »
This is an impossible question.... there is just too much repertoire I'd love to do. And too many orchestras...

I think I would love to do:

Strauss Vier Letzte Lieder
Bruckner 9

But then again, it could be:

Debussy La Mer
Ravel Concerto in G
Brahms 4

Or just simply:

Mahler 2

I could think of a dozen others.

Can't even decide on the orchestra. Maybe Berlin Phil? But not for the Mahler. I love the CSO, but they first need to fill those empty clarinet and double bass principal chairs and retire a few other past-their-prime principals and assistant principal player before I'd take them.  8) Concertgebouw? Staatskapelle Berlin?

Impossible to choose.

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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #15 on: January 04, 2011, 12:50:48 PM »
Impossible to choose.

You're like that character in Monty Python and the Holy Grail that can't answer when asked his favorite color!

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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2011, 01:01:08 PM »
Choices are endless, a few:

Brahms - 3rd Symphony
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Bruckner - 9th Symphony (VPO)


Tchaikovsky - Francesca da Rimini
Scriabin - Le Poeme de l'Extase
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Rachmaninov - Symphonic Dances (Mariinsky Orch)


Ravel - La Valse
Martinu - Les Fresques de Piero della francesca
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Janacek - Sinfonietta (Czech Phil)


Strauss - Horn Concerto No.2 (Baborak or Vlatkovic)
Berg - Lulu Suite (Schaffer or Petibon)
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Mahler 4th Symphony (Dresden Staatskapelle)
 

Krenek - Kafka Motets
Poulenc - Figure Humaine
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Rachmaninov - All Night Vigil (Estonian Phil. Chamber Choir)

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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2011, 01:23:24 PM »
Schoenberg: Gurrelieder with the Cleveland Orchestra.

Using a Lazarus Machine in some cases, the line-up would be:

Siegfried Jerusalem (Waldermar), Hildegard Behrens (Tove), Brigitte Fassbänder (Waldtaube), Matti Salminen (Bauer), Gerhard Stolze (Klaus-Narr), Hans Hotter (Sprecher).

Possible pinch-hitters for Behrens and Hotter: Barbara Bonney and Patrick Stewart   :o
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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2011, 02:54:29 PM »
You're like that character in Monty Python and the Holy Grail that can't answer when asked his favorite color!

Seems I'm not alone:    ;)

Choices are endless, a few:


Strauss - Horn Concerto No.2 (Baborak or Vlatkovic)

Baborak, hands down! If you have access to the BPO digital concert hall, there is a recent Gličre concerto with him, as well as a Strauss Konzertstück with Baborak playing No.1 and Dohr on No.2.

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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2011, 02:55:59 PM »
Possible pinch-hitters for Behrens and Hotter: Barbara Bonney and Patrick Stewart   :o

You want Stewart reciting German?  :o

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