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Re: What concerts are you looking forward to? (Part II)
« Reply #60 on: May 12, 2007, 03:20:40 PM »
Thanks for the update on the Bruckner 8th Symphony from Toledobass!

Best Wishes for tomorrow!
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Re: What concerts are you looking forward to? (Part II)
« Reply #61 on: May 14, 2007, 03:36:56 AM »
The concert I was looking forward to is now in the past:  the Toledo Symphony played Bruckner's Symphony #8 in the cathedral yesterday, and it was a wonderful experience: Bruckner's divine music    0:)    belongs quite rightly in cathedrals!
Conductor is Stefan Sanderling, who took a few things at times a little too slowly for my taste, but certainly the tempi were not indefensible.

GMG member Toledobass performed in this, and the bass sound was smooth and filling.  The brass of course are key to Bruckner, and they filled the cathedral's space when needed.  There was an almost immediate standing ovation (this one was deserved!).

I was surrounded by 20-somethings (one of them my son, a newly degreed mathematician) and some teenage boys, who were unaccompanied by parents.  So I was wondering what the reaction would be, but should not have been so skeptical: they seemed to become more and more engrossed.  When the finale charged in, they seemed as enraptured as the rest of the audience.
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Re: What concerts are you looking forward to? (Part II)
« Reply #62 on: May 14, 2007, 03:38:57 AM »
I was surrounded by 20-somethings (one of them my son, a newly degreed mathematician) and some teenage boys, who were unaccompanied by parents.  So I was wondering what the reaction would be, but should not have been so skeptical: they seemed to become more and more engrossed.  When the finale charged in, they seemed as enraptured as the rest of the audience.

This does not surprise me in the least.

-- Nor does it surprise me that Allan acquitted himself so brilliantly!  ;)

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Re: What concerts are you looking forward to? (Part II)
« Reply #63 on: May 14, 2007, 03:53:57 AM »
The concert I was looking forward to is now in the past:  the Toledo Symphony played Bruckner's Symphony #8 in the cathedral yesterday, and it was a wonderful experience: Bruckner's divine music    0:)    belongs quite rightly in cathedrals!
Conductor is Stefan Sanderling, who took a few things at times a little too slowly for my taste, but certainly the tempi were not indefensible.

GMG member Toledobass performed in this, and the bass sound was smooth and filling.  The brass of course are key to Bruckner, and they filled the cathedral's space when needed.  There was an almost immediate standing ovation (this one was deserved!).

I was surrounded by 20-somethings (one of them my son, a newly degreed mathematician) and some teenage boys, who were unaccompanied by parents.  So I was wondering what the reaction would be, but should not have been so skeptical: they seemed to become more and more engrossed.  When the finale charged in, they seemed as enraptured as the rest of the audience.

Thanks for the review, Cato. It makes me sad I couldn't have been home to experience it (and next month the Cleveland Orchestra is doing Rosenkavalier! ARRRGGGHHH!!!...the first time in three years I won't be in Ohio in June...damn...)

Interesting observation about the young people in the audience. I've had a few concert experiences recently that give me hope for classical music's future: there was a much younger audience than I'm used to in Berlin for the Mahler cycle. Both Hélène Grimaud and Hilary Hahn have, apparently, hordes of young fans, as young as eight or nine!...and the kids I saw at their concerts acted like they were seeing a famous pop star. Very encouraging.

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Re: What concerts are you looking forward to? (Part II)
« Reply #64 on: May 14, 2007, 04:10:18 AM »
Thanks for the review, Cato. It makes me sad I couldn't have been home to experience it (and next month the Cleveland Orchestra is doing Rosenkavalier! ARRRGGGHHH!!!...the first time in three years I won't be in Ohio in June...damn...)

Interesting observation about the young people in the audience. I've had a few concert experiences recently that give me hope for classical music's future: there was a much younger audience than I'm used to in Berlin for the Mahler cycle. Both Hélène Grimaud and Hilary Hahn have, apparently, hordes of young fans, as young as eight or nine!...and the kids I saw at their concerts acted like they were seeing a famous pop star. Very encouraging.

Sarge

I am moving to Columbus in July, and so will be 90 minutes away from the Cleveland Orchestra and from the Cincinnati Symphony.  I am not acquainted with the Columbus Symphony and how well or what they play.

Certainly the Toledo Symphony would not have been able to tackle Bruckner 20 years ago.  They began to improve greatly under previous conductor Andrew Massey, and that continues with Stefan Sanderling.  A good number of young women populate the orchestra: principal trumpeter these days is a woman, and her cheeks were puffed out and rosy yesterday as if she were a June bride!   8)

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Re: What concerts are you looking forward to? (Part II)
« Reply #65 on: May 14, 2007, 04:53:26 AM »
I am moving to Columbus in July, and so will be 90 minutes away from the Cleveland Orchestra and from the Cincinnati Symphony.  I am not acquainted with the Columbus Symphony and how well or what they play.

I've got relatives in Columbus (one niece is a professor at Ohio State, a nephew an executive at Abercrombie and Fitch) and visit often but I've never heard the orchestra. I'm impressed with the area, though. Columbus has really exploded and it's not the provincial backwater it once was.

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he was as f*cked-up as you are."
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Re: What concerts are you looking forward to? (Part II)
« Reply #66 on: May 14, 2007, 05:08:58 AM »
I've got relatives in Columbus (one niece is a professor at Ohio State, a nephew an executive at Abercrombie and Fitch) and visit often but I've never heard the orchestra. I'm impressed with the area, though. Columbus has really exploded and it's not the provincial backwater it once was.

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When we lived there in the 70's, "cowtown"    :o    was not an unknown epithet for it from people in Dayton, Cincy, and Cleveland!   8)
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Re: What concerts are you looking forward to? (Part II)
« Reply #67 on: May 14, 2007, 05:46:19 AM »
My planned musical events

May 24- Oslo Concerthouse, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra/Jukka Pekka Saraste
            Varese-Ameriques
            Beethoven-Symphony no.3 "Eroica"
May 26- Köln Opera
            Händel-"Giulio Cesare in Egitto" (premiere)
June 08- Laeiszhalle, Hamburg, NDR Sinfonieorchester/Christoph von Dohnanyi
            Daniel Barenboim, piano
            Brahms-Piano concerto no.1
            Schumann-Symphony no.2
June 09- Laeiszhalle, Hamburg, NDR Sinfonieorchester/Christoph von Dohnanyi
            Daniel Barenboim, piano
            Schumann-symphony no.4
            Brahms-Piano concerto no.2
June 27- Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest/Mariss Jansons
            Mitsuko Uchida, piano
            Wagner-Tannhaüser Overture
            Mozart-Piano Concerto no.25
            Brahms-Symphony no.1
June 29- Prague Opera,Theatre of the Estates
             Mozart-Don Giovanni
       

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Re: What concerts are you looking forward to? (Part II)
« Reply #68 on: May 14, 2007, 07:22:51 AM »
Thanks for the review, Cato. It makes me sad I couldn't have been home to experience it (and next month the Cleveland Orchestra is doing Rosenkavalier! ARRRGGGHHH!!!...the first time in three years I won't be in Ohio in June...damn...)


Sarge

Sarge Sarge Sarge $:).  The yearly operas at the Cleveland Orchestra are my favorite concerts to attend.  I've always thought Franz does best when there are voices on stage.  There's always a great excitement in the audience for these things and I can't wait for this one coming up.  (For added fun, the Mrs. will be singing some miniscule part.)  They cost a fortune to put on so I hope they are able to keep the tradition ongoing.



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Re: What concerts are you looking forward to? (Part II)
« Reply #69 on: May 17, 2007, 01:58:27 PM »
Tonight! An all Beethoven programme.

BEETHOVEN Fidelio Overture
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No 4
BEETHOVEN Symphony No 5


NZSO
PIETARI INKINEN Conductor
FREDDY KEMPF Piano


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Re: What concerts are you looking forward to? (Part II)
« Reply #70 on: May 18, 2007, 05:54:07 AM »
This Sunday afternoon:

The MET Orchestra
James Levine, Music Director and Conductor
Michelle DeYoung, Mezzo-Soprano

R. STRAUSS: Der Bürger als Edelmann Suite, Op. 60
SCHOENBERG: "Lied der Waldtaube" ("Song of the Wood Dove") from Gurrelieder (arr. Erwin Stein)
AMBROISE THOMAS: Overture to Mignon
BERLIOZ: La Mort de Cléopâtre
RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2

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Re: What concerts are you looking forward to? (Part II)
« Reply #71 on: May 18, 2007, 12:35:28 PM »
Tonight! An all Beethoven programme.

BEETHOVEN Fidelio Overture
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No 4
BEETHOVEN Symphony No 5


NZSO
PIETARI INKINEN Conductor
FREDDY KEMPF Piano




Great concert last night.

It was the new Music Director Emeritus, Pietari Inkinen, first performance with the NSZO as conductor and he was sensational;totally committed to the material with the orchestra responding in kind.

Freddy Kempf was very fluid with the 4th PC delivering a moving and powerful interpretation. After 4 curtain calls he gave us a brief encore of a Schumann piece. I don't know what it was.

After intermission we had the sonic glory of Beethovens 5th symphony which in the wrong hands could sound a bit hackneyed but last night it was a superb journey from darkness to light. The energy and power in the final movement was goosebumps teritory. We left the concert hall elated  :)

Great quote from Beethoven in the programme;

'Life is short, Art is eternal'
'I lingered round them, under that benign sky: watched the moths fluttering among the heath and harebells, listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass, and wondered how any one could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth.' ~ Emily Bronte

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Re: What concerts are you looking forward to? (Part II)
« Reply #72 on: May 18, 2007, 12:46:07 PM »
After intermission we had the sonic glory of Beethovens 5th symphony which in the wrong hands could sound a bit hackneyed but last night it was a superb journey from darkness to light. The energy and power in the final movement was goosebumps teritory. We left the concert hall elated  :)

A good reading of the Beethoven Fifth -- i.e., in which neither the conductor nor the players take it for granted -- is an experience to treasure.  Sounds like you got one!  Thanks for the report.

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Re: What concerts are you looking forward to? (Part II)
« Reply #73 on: May 18, 2007, 08:02:14 PM »
A good reading of the Beethoven Fifth -- i.e., in which neither the conductor nor the players take it for granted -- is an experience to treasure.  Sounds like you got one!  Thanks for the report.

--Bruce

Yes, I groaned when I saw it on the seasons programme but it tured out to be a real treat. Just goes to show that even an 'ol warhorse in the rights hands can be magical  :)
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Re: What concerts are you looking forward to? (Part II)
« Reply #74 on: May 19, 2007, 12:16:12 PM »
Well, I just subscribed to the Philly orchestra for the '07-'08 season. I may have missed M2 but there's NO way I'm going to miss M8 :) So of course I'm looking forward to them all...

Saturday 9A 2007-2008 Series
Philadelphia Orchestra 2007-2008 Season

   
Verizon Hall
   
Schubert, Mozart, and Haydn
October 27, 2007    ( Sat, 8:00 PM )
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Nicholas McGegan,  conductor
Stephen Hough,  piano
SCHUBERT  Overture in C major "in the Italian Style"
MOZART  Piano Concerto No. 21, K. 467
MOZART  Chaconne from Idomeneo
HAYDN  Symphony No. 100 ("Military")

Ravel and Roussel
November 10, 2007    ( Sat, 8:00 PM )
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Stéphane Denève,  conductor
Vincent Dubois,  organ
HIGDON  blue cathedral
POULENC  Organ Concerto
RAVEL  Suite from Mother Goose
ROUSSEL  Suite No. 2 from Bacchus and Ariadne

Rattle Conducts Schumann
December 1, 2007    ( Sat, 8:00 PM )
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Simon Rattle,  conductor
Christine Brandes,  soprano
Heidi Grant Murphy,  soprano
Bernarda Fink,  mezzo-soprano
Joseph Kaiser,  tenor
Mark Padmore,  tenor
Luca Pisaroni ,  bass-baritone
The Philadelphia Singers Chorale,  David Hayes, music director
SCHUMANN  Das Paradies und die Peri


Bernstein Festival: West Side Story
January 10, 2008    ( Thu, 8:00 PM )
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach,  conductor
Time for Three,
Zachary De Pue, violin
Nicolas Kendall, violin
Ranaan Meyer, double bass
TCHAIKOVSKY  Romeo and Juliet
HIGDON  Concerto 4-3, for string trio and orchestra
BERNSTEIN  Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Bernstein Festival: Bernstein, Barber and Bell
February 2, 2008    ( Sat, 8:00 PM )
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Rossen Milanov,  conductor
Joshua Bell,  violin
BERNSTEIN  Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
BARBER  Violin Concerto
BERNSTEIN  Songs from West Side Story, for violin and orchestra
STRAVINSKY  Petrushka
STRAVINSKY  Scherzo à la russe

Serkin Plays Mozart
March 1, 2008    ( Sat, 8:00 PM )
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Robert Spano,  conductor
Peter Serkin,  piano
STRAVINSKY  Dumbarton Oaks
STRAVINSKY  Capriccio, for piano and orchestra
MOZART  Concert-Rondo in D major, K. 382, for piano and orchestra
RACHMANINOFF  Symphony No. 1

A Musical Space Odyssey
April 12, 2008    ( Sat, 8:00 PM )
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski,  conductor
Nikolaj Znaider,  violin
LIGETI  Atmosphères
BRAHMS  Violin Concerto
R. STRAUSS  Also sprach Zarathustra
J. STRAUSS  "On the Beautiful Blue Danube" Waltz

Symphony of a Thousand
May 3, 2008    ( Sat, 8:00 PM )
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach,  conductor
Christine Brewer,  soprano
Michaela Kaune,  soprano
Marisol Montalvo,  soprano
Stephanie Blythe,  mezzo-soprano
Charlotte Hellekant,  mezzo-soprano
Paul Groves,  tenor
Franco Pomponi,  baritone
James Morris,  bass
The Philadelphia Singers Chorale,  David Hayes, music director
Westminster Symphonic Choir,  Joe Miller, music director
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia,  Alan Harler, music director
MAHLER  Symphony No. 8 ("Symphony of a Thousand")

All Schubert
May 17, 2008    ( Sat, 8:00 PM )
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach,  conductor
SCHUBERT  Symphony in B minor ("Unfinished")
SCHUBERT  Symphony in C major ("Great")

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Re: What concerts are you looking forward to? (Part II)
« Reply #75 on: May 19, 2007, 12:17:52 PM »
Next Tuesday and Wednesday at P.S. 122, the International Contemporary Ensemble is doing:

Luigi Nono: A floresta é jovem cheja de vida (The Forest is Young and Full of Life) (1966)

From their website: In the 1960's Italian composer Luigi Nono turned to theater and electronics to express his political sentiments outside of the constraints of the concert hall.  Nono's bold anti-war statement blends his experiments with the human voice, traditional instruments and electronic playback into a self-contained dramatic work.  ICE is proud to present this work in collaboration with world-renowned soprano Tony Arnold and director Habib Azar.

PS, just saw stingo's post with all those tasty-looking Philly items...I will definitely be at the M8, too (maybe more than once)!

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Re: What concerts are you looking forward to? (Part II)
« Reply #76 on: May 19, 2007, 12:47:55 PM »
For me, one piece, twice:

PARSIFAL

First in Covent Garden with Haitink in the pit late 07, second in Paris in early 08.

I can't wait!!!

Does anyone fancy going to see Haitink do Bruckner's 8 at the proms?

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Re: What concerts are you looking forward to? (Part II)
« Reply #77 on: May 19, 2007, 08:26:37 PM »
Ravel and Roussel
November 10, 2007    ( Sat, 8:00 PM )
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Stéphane Denève,  conductor
Vincent Dubois,  organ
HIGDON  blue cathedral
POULENC  Organ Concerto
RAVEL  Suite from Mother Goose
ROUSSEL  Suite No. 2 from Bacchus and Ariadne

That should be outstanding! Deneve is excellent. I'd love to have an opportunity to hear that repertoire from someone like him who cares about it.

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Re: What concerts are you looking forward to? (Part II)
« Reply #78 on: May 20, 2007, 10:10:10 AM »
This year, I have the following to look forward to:

May 22nd

May 29th

July 26th

I'm also waiting to hear if I've managed to secure a ticket to this BBC Proms 2007 concert. If I have, then I'll be sat overlooking the orchestra, which is something I've always wanted to do at the Royal Albert Hall.
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Re: What concerts are you looking forward to? (Part II)
« Reply #79 on: May 20, 2007, 12:40:18 PM »
For me, one piece, twice:

PARSIFAL

First in Covent Garden with Haitink in the pit late 07, second in Paris in early 08.

I can't wait!!!

Does anyone fancy going to see Haitink do Bruckner's 8 at the proms?

Not really, Bruckner doesn't 'float my boat', but wouldn't mind seeing this fella' do the Beethoven Violin Concerto:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms/2007/whatson/0509.shtml#prom69


 

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