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Re: What concerts are you looking forward to? (Part II)
« Reply #5280 on: February 07, 2018, 01:34:48 AM »
Grrrr just bought tickets to Meistersinger and it is bloody expensive
Great you'll get to see Meistersinger live, jessop! It's not that often one gets the chance. As for the price, if you consider the quality and the sheer quantity of the music  (5 hours of glory!), it really won't have been that expensive.. .  ;) :)
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Re: What concerts are you looking forward to? (Part II)
« Reply #5281 on: February 07, 2018, 01:52:45 AM »
That was wonderful last night! Schumann's Op. 52 proved a really nice opener for the main act. The orchestra loves playing with Norrington (he was their principal conductor from 2011 to 2016) and he loves working with them, quite obviously. His conducting at times was just a few gestures to shape the performance, they're a chamber orchestra and know how to play together without any conductor after all ... I understand they're fully using modern instruments, but in direct comparison, they seem a much livelier bunch than the Basler Kammerorchester to me (and I'm considering catching they're C.P.E. Bach/Amadée programme w/Bezuidenhout, albeit it's the night before I'm leaving for a short jazz festival in March ... Bezuidenhout will play Wq 20/H. 423 and KV 271 "Jeunehomme", the orchestra will also play J.C. Bach's symphony Op. 3 No. 6 and C.P.E. Bach's symphony Wq 183 no. 3/H. 665 - no conductor then).

Faust was terrific in the Schumann, and again she has played with ZKO many times and they (and Norrington) were fully in sync, which was a real pleasure to witness. Her performance of the concerto at Tonhalle last June was already excellent, but suffered from rather clueless orchestral playing - conductor Jakob Hrusa did a great Bartók Mandarin suite and Janácek Sinfonietta before and after, but he seemed to not have much of an idea what to do with the Schumann. This time, it all fell together perfectly well, and in fact the smaller sources worked very well for me, too.

The final Schubert was delightful - and I guess a good pick. Anything more substantial would have been an overkill after the exhilarating violin concerto (maybe this would have been a case where programming the concerto at the end would have made sense though? Zinman did that at Tonhalle a few years ago when he played a late Mozart symphony and the Brahms concerto with FP Zimmermann, and that made perfect sense).

Either way, great concert!

Nice review! I like Norrington in this repertoire.......anything chronologically later than these compositions can begin to get a bit controversial, but it is always interesting to hear. ;D

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Re: What concerts are you looking forward to? (Part II)
« Reply #5282 on: February 07, 2018, 02:04:03 AM »
Great you'll get to see Meistersinger live, jessop! It's not that often one gets the chance. As for the price, if you consider the quality and the sheer quantity of the music  (5 hours of glory!), it really won't have been that expensive.. .  ;) :)

I know I won't regret it! Stefan Vinke and Warwick Fyfe (Walther and Beckmesser, respectively) are two singers I am excited to see again in some Wagner since their performances in our Ring cycle production I saw in 2016 as Siegfried and Alberich. Fyfe was certainly an impressive Alberich. The guy lives and breathes Wagner. I hope he does more performances overseas as well at some point because it is remarkable to see him on the stage. (found a video of him singing as Alberich with piano accompaniment, probably for some sponsors for the production https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93lBS06B5mU )
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Re: What concerts are you looking forward to? (Part II)
« Reply #5283 on: February 10, 2018, 07:52:55 AM »
Baritone Christian Gerhaher
Piano Gerold Huber

In a concert on the Studiobühne, the world-famous baritone Christian Gerhaher introduces himself to the audience. Gerhaher plays the lead role in Holliger's new opera Lunea, which deals with the fascinating romantic poet Nikolaus Lenau. Accompanied by his well-known piano partner Gerold Huber, he sings Robert Schumann's Lieder op. 90 on poems by Nikolaus Lenau, and then talks about his artistic work in an interview with Claus Spahn.

https://opernhaus.ch/en/spielplan/calendar/gespraechskonzert-christian-gerhaher/season_11232/

That again was most fascinating ... and having heard the Schumann violin concerto the night before was perfect, as they were discussing late Schumann for quite a while, the inherent modernity, the way in which he has piano and voice not fall into one into the late lieder but has them complement and interlock etc. Holliger was in the audience, they played some of the initial voice+piano version of his "Luena", which has then been reworked into voice+orchestra and is now being rehearsed in its (final?) version as an opera, with Gerhaher singing the main part (it seems Holliger only started composing once he was sure Gerhaher would sing - no one else can do it, he seems to think).

The programme was thus shaped among the common thread and comprised all of Schumann's lieder based on words by Nikolaus Lenau (Lunea-Lenau, get it?) - including one (WoO 26/2) that they reckoned may actually never have been performed in concert before (it is part of the Hyperion complete lieder edition of course - that one's on its way from jpc now ...):

Heinz Holliger – ELIS. Drei Nachtstücke für Klavier nach Georg Trakl
Robert Schumann – Sechs Gedichte (Nikolaus Lenau) und Requiem (Lebrecht Dreves) op. 90
Robert Schumann – Frühlingsgrüsse (Nikolaus Lenau) WoO 26/2
Robert Schumann – Vier Husarenlieder (Nikolaus Lenau) op. 117
Heinz Holliger – LUNEA. 23 Sätze von Nikolaus Lenau (Auszüge, genauer: 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 18 & 22

encore: Robert Schumann – Die Grenadiere (Heinrich Heine)

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Frédéric Chopin Klaviersonate Nr. 3 h-Moll op. 58
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Re: What concerts are you looking forward to? (Part II)
« Reply #5284 on: February 10, 2018, 09:53:41 AM »
Next Thursday:

Ligeti - Atmospheres
Rodrigo - Concierto de Aranjuez (harp transcription)
Tchaikovsky - Manfred Symphony

Xavier de Maistre (harp)
Belgrade Philharmonic
Uros Lajovic (cond.)

I'll be hearing all three pieces for the first time live, Rodrigo transcription the first time ever.

In reverse order: Manfred was boring. It was one of the slowest I heard at over an hour and there was too much stop-and-go. I couldn't quite figure out what was the conductor's conception. The orchestra played well, maybe some spark missing in the winds. Aranjuez transcription ... I don't know, it was quite impressive technically, but even if harp carries better, especially in high registers, it's more muted instrument lacking the vibrancy of the guitar. It was interesting to hear once. The audience loved de Maistre so he played two encores: Falla's Danza from La Vida Breve and Tarrega's Recuerdos de la Alhambra, both impressive, both I still prefer in their respective original forms. Highlight of the concert for me came early: Atmospheres ... that moment around the middle when winds go almost unbearably intense and shrill ... and then basses enter fortissimo :o hair-raising. Didn't know until now that hushed sound at the very end of piece is a soft cloth being rustled over piano strings, awesome.

Next concert is (not sure I'll be able to go) Zemlinsky Die Seejungfrau / Brahms Piano Concerto No.1. Fabrice Bollon conducting, Tamara Stefanovic the pianist.

Next one after that is Gliere's Il'ya Murometz conducted by Belgrade Phil. current MD Gabriel Feltz. That concert should be recorded for CD release. 

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Re: What concerts are you looking forward to? (Part II)
« Reply #5285 on: February 11, 2018, 09:36:21 AM »
Was back at the Leeds Town Hall last night and saw

Dvořák      Two Slavonic Dances, Nos 14&16
Dvořák      Violin Concerto
Dvořák      Symphony No 9 (from New World)

Soloist    Josef Špaček
Conductor  Tomáš Netopil

Tomáš Netopil was in place of Jiří Bělohlávek who sadly passed away last May.

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Re: What concerts are you looking forward to? (Part II)
« Reply #5286 on: February 14, 2018, 01:13:05 AM »
Was at "The Venue" Leeds College of Music yesterday evening and saw

Navarra String Quartet with Peter Donohoe

performing

Shostakovich String Quartet no 5
found this had elements of Cello Concerto at the beginning

Tchaikovsky String Quartet no 1 in D Major
my favourite String Quartet

Taneyev Piano Quintet in G Minor
performed with Peter Donohoe

Lovely performances by all

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Re: What concerts are you looking forward to? (Part II)
« Reply #5287 on: February 14, 2018, 08:49:25 AM »
Friday, 2 February 2018
Auditorium Parco della Musica - Roma
Orchestra e Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Daniele Gatti

Schumann: Symphony No. 2
Schumann: Nachtlied
Schumann: Symphony No. 4

First time at the Santa Cecilia Hall. The all-wood interior looks more than a bit like the Megaron concert hall in Athens. And an all-Schumann program. Bring it!  8)

The concert was a huge success. Gatti had obviously given a lot of thought and attention into the things he wanted to coax from the orchestra and the results were both brilliant and felt fresh and personal. Tempi were lively and the first two movements of the Second Symphony, in particular, had a Schubertian vibe (the vibe of the Ninth Symphony), which was very suitable to the fabric of the music. Schumann's spirit was reistated for the remainder of the program and the orchestra's excellent playing was able to put to rest ridiculous notions I've read in the past of Schumann's symphonies being works that are somehow lacking in orchestration. Phrasing was suberb throughout both symphonies, with lots of individual touches and excellent balance between sections; antiphonal effects abounded -and delighted. Despite the ensemble's efforts, however, I was not much impressed by the Nachtlied, its only memorable moment for me being the delightful Mendelssohnian flourish of an ending, which could very well belong to a lost number from "A Midsummer Night's Dream". At the end of the concert, the audience was enthusiastic and rightly so. If a recording comes out of these concerts (February 1-3), I'd gladly buy it.

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Re: What concerts are you looking forward to? (Part II)
« Reply #5288 on: February 17, 2018, 09:01:44 AM »
RSNO 2017/18 - 'Under the skin of Brahms.'

Brahms struggled for ten years to complete his First Symphony – yet when you hear it, it’s like the passionate outpouring of a broken heart. Conductor Thomas Sřndergĺrd, presenter Ursula Heidecker Allen and the full RSNO go under its skin to uncover a story of tragedy, triumph and the power of art. With anecdotes, illustrations and live musical examples, it’s a fascinating way to get inside the world of a great symphony – and discover things you’ve never heard before.

Despite not being sure about this I've bought tickets for it anyway.
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Re: What concerts are you looking forward to? (Part II)
« Reply #5289 on: Today at 07:02:10 AM »
Last night, the avant-garde vocal group, Ekmeles, in their second appearance at the Crypt -- an actual crypt at a church here. The stone surfaces really flattered the program, a quartet of microtonal works. Hard to choose a favorite, but I really liked Rebecca Saunders' piece -- extremely difficult to sing, as was the entire program.

Catherine Lambpulse/shade (2014) 
Rebecca SaundersSoliloquy (2007)
Erin GeeThree Scenes from SLEEP (2008)
Marc SabatSeeds of Skies, Alibis (2017, world premiere)

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