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Title: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Brian 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?
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Scarpia 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.)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on January 03, 2011, 01:42:56 PM
Concertgebouw Orchestra

Brahms: Tragic Overture
Magnard: Chant funèbre

Interval

Brian: Third Symphony
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: MDL 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.)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: PaulSC on January 03, 2011, 04:37:04 PM
Brilliant question!

<thinks>

London Sinfonietta

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

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

Transit ----------------------------------------------------- Brian Ferneyhough
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Scarpia 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?
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Lethevich 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.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: PaulSC on January 03, 2011, 07:25:35 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?
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...
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image 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. :)



Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Scarpia 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?
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Antoine Marchand on January 03, 2011, 07:51:54 PM
Great! Our marathon of "air guitar":  :P

(http://www.2camels.com/images/festival-photos/air-guitar-world-championships-6.jpg)

 ;D
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: snyprrr on January 03, 2011, 08:02:45 PM
Great! Our marathon of "air guitar":  :P

(http://www.2camels.com/images/festival-photos/air-guitar-world-championships-6.jpg)

 ;D

BWWAAAAAHHHH!!!!!
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: PaulSC on January 03, 2011, 08:04:54 PM
Why not substitute the London Symphony?
True -- and then I could do Available Forms II...
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: snyprrr on January 03, 2011, 08:06:02 PM
Hommage to Randall Scott

intermission

Sibelius 7

intermission

snyprrr: Improvisation for Grand Orchestra



Actually,... only the Sibelius! ;D 8)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: MishaK 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.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Scarpia 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!
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Drasko on January 04, 2011, 01:01:08 PM
Choices are endless, a few:

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


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


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


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

Krenek - Kafka Motets
Poulenc - Figure Humaine
****
Rachmaninov - All Night Vigil (Estonian Phil. Chamber Choir)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Cato 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
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: MishaK 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 Glière concerto with him, as well as a Strauss Konzertstück with Baborak playing No.1 and Dohr on No.2.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: MishaK 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
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Drasko on January 04, 2011, 03:14:24 PM
Baborak, hands down! If you have access to the BPO digital concert hall, there is a recent Glière concerto with him, as well as a Strauss Konzertstück with Baborak playing No.1 and Dohr on No.2.

Don't have access to that but I've heard Baborak live, last season here in Belgrade playing Strauss' 1st (same as Vlatkovic, same as Baumann ::) I've yet to hear Strauss' 2nd live).
Dohr I've heard twice, but not playing solo - both times in Wien-Berlin Ensemble, Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for winds and chamber recital Beethoven/Mozart/Ligeti.
I've just posted in the listening thread youtube links for Baborak's recent Strauss' 2nd from Japan (in decent AV). 
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Cato on January 04, 2011, 03:22:11 PM

You want Stewart reciting German?  :o

Who knows? He might be able to pull it off!

Another alternate would be Christopher Lee, who definitely can speak German!  I was startled to hear an interview with him on German television some years ago, when I was visiting das Vaterland.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: The new erato on January 04, 2011, 03:27:11 PM
In thst case the wife probably would suggest that I should conduct myself.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Superhorn on January 08, 2011, 07:21:53 AM
   I would conduct an all Nielsen program with the Maskarade overture, Helios, the clarinet concerto and end with the Inextinguishable symphony.  I would hope to have one of the world's greatest clarinettists,such as Sabine meyer.
  That would be some program ! 





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Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Octo_Russ on January 10, 2011, 06:21:35 PM
I would love to conduct the Berliner Philharmoniker, 

Rimsky-Korsakov Russian Easter festival Overture
Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto, with Maurizio Pollini pianist
Beethoven's 3rd Symphony.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on January 10, 2011, 08:11:56 PM
I would be conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Here is the program:

Revueltas: Sensemaya
Chavez: Sinfonia India (Symphony No. 2)

Intermission

Villa-Lobos: Choros No. 11 (w/ Martha Argerich as soloist)

Encore:


Ginastera: Dances from the ballet "Estancia"

This will be a night of Latin American fire and fury. Hopefully, it will turn audiences onto exploring this much neglected area of classical music.



Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Est.1965 on January 12, 2011, 04:03:43 AM
And tonight, exclusively on GMG, the Vienna Philharmonic will be conducted by John Copeland, who has also chosen the program.    :-\
He starts off with a Gorecki piece, Amen, in which he invites Harry Christophers to perform this with the complete choir of the the Vienna Singers.  Well, that's a right holy way to start any program and one wonders why he chooses Anton Bruckners 9th (unfinished) to follow. Bruckners ninth, usually the final showpiece of the concret reportoire, is here stuck in the middle, and needs something of gargantuan proportions to follow.
Something gargantuan does follow.
Copeland holds a finely balanced stick to conduct Mahlers 8th for the finale.  He's been chizeling his baton for this one, and everyone expects the most memorable Mahlers 8th ever.  He has even drafted in the Glasgow Phoenix choir to add "intensity".

Time:  7.30
Venue:  GMG in Vienna
John Copeland and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Harry Christophers and Chorus of Vienna Singers

Amen - Gorecki
Ninth Symphony - Bruckner
Break
Sibelius 7th

Musical Advisors to  the Conductor:  Karl Henning, Antonio Vivaldi
Encore:  Mahler (attr) - Symphonic Prelude
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Sergeant Rock on January 12, 2011, 04:19:09 AM
Copeland holds a finely balanced stick to conduct Mahlers 8th for the finale....Sibelius 7th

A typo? or has there been a last minute change to the program?

Sarge
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Est.1965 on January 12, 2011, 04:27:31 AM
A typo? or has there been a last minute change to the program?

Sarge

LOL   I was listening to Sibelius 7 at the time (Bernstien - NYPO) and have somehow transposed it.  I will contact some Copy Writers in Vienna to get that fixed.

Prev:
Amen - Gorecki
Ninth Symphony - Bruckner
Break
Sibelius 7th

Copyist Correction:
Amen - Gorecki
Ninth Symphony - Bruckner
Break
Eighth Symphony - Mahler

Musical Advisors to  the Conductor:  Karl Henning, Antonio Vivaldi
Encore:  Mahler (attr) - Symphonic Prelude
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: edward on January 13, 2011, 08:07:38 AM
I'm in a Mahlery mood at the moment, so why not Hartmann's 6th followed by the final Cooke version of Mahler 10. That'll be a great way to leave the audience emotionally exhausted.

There used to be a Decca 2fer that had a program that was very long but worked incredibly well as a journey from darkness to light: Schmidt's 4th followed by Mahler 2nd. Vienna would be the obvious orchestral choice for it.

Plus I think Schnittke's Peer Gynt needs more exposure. Mariinsky anyone?
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on February 06, 2011, 09:06:32 PM
I've got a new program:

- An all British music night - Conducted by myself with the London Symphony Orchestra

Alwyn: Pastoral Fantasia (solo viola: Lawrence Power)

-A very short intermission so the chorus can enter the stage and proper adjustments can be made onstage-

Walton: In Honour of the City of London (choral work w/ orchestra)

-Intermission-

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 3 "Pastoral" (Soprano: Anne Sofie von Otter)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: (poco) Sforzando on February 06, 2011, 09:16:41 PM
I would conduct Die Meistersinger at the Met.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: abidoful on February 07, 2011, 02:43:24 AM
Chopin: Concerto op.11
Chopin: Krakowiak, op.14

Some great conductor should whipe the dust from those scores a little (especially op.14 needs a good recording, still.)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Guido on February 07, 2011, 09:36:43 AM
I would conduct Die Meistersinger at the Met.

cast comprising....?
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: springrite on February 07, 2011, 09:46:38 AM
de Sabata: Juventus
Berio: Rendering

______Intermission______

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

SpringRite conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonics

AND, an encore to end all encores:

Pettersson Symphony #7!
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on February 07, 2011, 09:21:38 PM
AND, an encore to end all encores:

Pettersson Symphony #7!

That would be one hell of an encore and a long one at that. ;)

This is my 3000 post. Moving along....
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: (poco) Sforzando on February 08, 2011, 04:07:55 AM
cast comprising....?

Only the best, only the best.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Brian on February 08, 2011, 10:09:28 AM
It will probably be different in a month, but my current choice would be:

Janacek | Sinfonietta
Dvorak | Te Deum
INTERVAL
Janacek | Glagolitic Mass (original score)

Juan Diego Florez, tenor
Thomas Hampson, bass-baritone
Ana Maria Martinez, soprano
Mezzo-soprano TBD (but let's be honest, she only has three lines)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
In a cathedral
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Lethevich on February 08, 2011, 10:24:29 AM
Bax - Nympholept
Rózsa - Symphony in 3 Movements
Intermission
Schoenberg - Pelleas und Melisande

I can dream ;_:
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on February 08, 2011, 09:34:54 PM
An all Czech night

Conducted by myself with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Suk: Fantastic Scherzo
Martinu: Symphony No. 5

-Intermission-

Janacek: Glagolitic Mass

Soprano: Dawn Upshaw
Mezzo-soprano: Magdalena Kozena
Tenor: Vladimir Galouzine
Bass: Peter Fried
Czech Philharmonic Choir
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: val on February 09, 2011, 02:37:59 AM
I would conduct the Berlin Philharmonic.

SCHUMANN:  Manfred Overture

BEETHOVEN:   7th Symphony

.................................

BRUCKNER:    9th Symphony
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: chung on February 09, 2011, 09:41:49 AM
Staatskapelle Dresden

Szeligowski: Comedy Overture
Mozart: Symphony No. 38
Sibelius: The Origin of Fire (with baritone Jorma Hynninen and YL Male Voice Choir)

- Intermission -

Khachaturian: Russian Fantasy
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: RJR on February 10, 2011, 04:26:18 PM
Just for kicks, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra:
Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture
Bizet Symphony
Intermission
Dutilleux Métaboles
Roussel 3rd Symphony
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: greg on February 10, 2011, 07:00:12 PM
Well, the first thing that would come to mind is Berlin Phil- Mahler 9. So predictable.
So... let me think of something different.
Hmm... maybe:

New York Phil/Greg Cook
Schoenberg- 5 Pieces for Orchestra
Webern- Symphony
Schnittke- Concerto Grosso 1

---------Intermission--------------

Prokofiev- Chout
 8)

Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on August 01, 2011, 04:13:04 PM
An all American night:

Me conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra -

Bernstein: Symphony Dances from West Side Story
Barber: Violin Concerto (soloist Hilary Hahn)

-Intermission-

Piston: Symphony No. 2
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Brahmsian on August 01, 2011, 04:29:04 PM
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Berlioz - Le Carnaval Romain

Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring


Intermission

Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor (Anton Kuerti, soloist)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on August 01, 2011, 04:32:23 PM
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Berlioz - Le Carnaval Romain

Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring


Intermission

Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor (Anton Kuerti, soloist)

No Canadian music, Ray? :(
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Brahmsian on August 01, 2011, 04:34:45 PM
No Canadian music, Ray? :(

If the thread was "If you could be conductor for one season, what would your season program be?", I'd include a fair amount of Canadian content.  :D

I'd have an all Eckhardt-Gramatte evening, that is for sure.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: mszczuj on August 01, 2011, 05:53:09 PM
Beethoven evening with Concerto Köln

Namensfeier
Eroica

Pastorale
8th (oh, what a scandal, what a scandal this one would be)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: eyeresist on August 01, 2011, 06:21:18 PM
Me, with the LSO.


Vaughan Williams: Wasps overture

Hindemith: Symphonic Dances

~ Intermission ~

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 8

Encore: Walton: Partita for Orchestra, III. Giga Burlesca


I wanted to begin with another piece that would use the extra percussion employed in RVW's 8th, but couldn't think of anything.
My next thought was to begin with Schnittke's Passacaglia, but I thought that might make the first half a little long!
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: TheGSMoeller on August 01, 2011, 06:42:06 PM

Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche Op.28

Britten: Symphony for Cello & Orchestra Op. 68

intermission

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 7 Op. 131


I would conduct the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, for personal reasons  :D
Also, I have a concept for a Chamber Orchestra which I will also share...
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: TheGSMoeller on August 01, 2011, 06:53:13 PM
For a Chamber Orchestra,

Beethoven: Egmont OP.84, Overture

Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1

intermission

Schubert: Symphony No. 4, D.417 "Tragic"




Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: zamyrabyrd on August 01, 2011, 07:03:20 PM
Johannes Brahms, German Requiem
(but I would need plenty of rehearsals with them and myself in front of a mirror)

ZB
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: eyeresist on August 01, 2011, 07:31:01 PM
For string orchestra:


Herrmann: Psycho (complete score)

~ Intermission ~

Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony in C minor (Op. 110a, arranged by Barshai from the 8th quartet)
 

Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on August 01, 2011, 07:43:40 PM
An All Polish night!

Bacewicz: Music for Strings, Trumpets, and Percussion
Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra

-Intermission-

Szymanowski: Symphony No. 3 "Song of the Night"

Encore:

Karlowicz: Stanislaw i Anna Oswiecimowie

Tenor: Nicolai Gedda
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Myself conducting
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: eyeresist on August 01, 2011, 08:22:32 PM
Avec les Orchestre de Paris:


Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 3 "Pastoral"

~ Intermission ~

Mahler: Symphony No. 4


I don't know who the singer would be.
 
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on August 01, 2011, 08:34:08 PM
All Russian Night!

Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture
Prokofiev: Dreams
Lyadov: Eight Russian Folksongs

-Intermission-

Myaskovsky: Symphony No. 24

Encore:

Stravinsky: Ebony Concerto (soloist: Kari Kriikku)

St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Myself conducting
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: haziz on August 02, 2011, 02:06:26 AM
It would be pretty conventional for me:


London Symphony Orchestra (I would also consider the Berlin Philharmonic, VPO or closer to home the Boston Symphony Orchestra):

Jennifer Higdon Loco (my one concession to contemporary music)
Sibelius Violin concerto (Znaider or Mutter or Gringolts as soloist)

Intermission

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 "Pathetique"


I know, boring, and quite similar to the programs being played by the Boston Symphony right now in Tanglewood, but it is what I enjoy.

Thanks.

Sincerely,

Hany.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Roberto on August 02, 2011, 02:26:16 AM
Pastorale
8th (oh, what a scandal, what a scandal this one would be)
Why?
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: mszczuj on August 02, 2011, 02:35:37 AM
Because I consider it absolutely most dramatic of all Beethoven symphonies and would try to show it.

I have my own name for it  per analogiam to eroica and pastorale - Sinfonia dialettica.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Roberto on August 02, 2011, 03:11:37 AM
Because I consider it absolutely most dramatic of all Beethoven symphonies and would try to show it.

I have my own name for it  per analogiam to eroica and pastorale - Sinfonia dialettica.
It is interesting because it is not so dramatic I thought. Conductors who try to show it dramatic usually didn't do it successfully. (Like Furtwängler.)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: mszczuj on August 02, 2011, 03:44:39 AM
It is interesting because it is not so dramatic I thought. Conductors who try to show it dramatic usually didn't do it successfully. (Like Furtwängler.)

I didn't call it dramatic. I called it most dramatic of all Beethoven symphonies. I would call no Beethoven symphony dramatic. 8th is built with very lovely material but the way composer treat it is far to be lovely.

I don't know Furtwängler's 8th but I consider him the worst Beethoven conductor I ever heard (or one of the two worst with Toscanini) so I absolutely no wonder he didn't do it successfully.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on August 02, 2011, 07:43:55 AM
An All Finnish Night!

Lindberg: Seht die Sonne
Rautavaara: Violin Concerto (soloist: Jaakko Kuusisto)

-Intermission-

Sibelius: Symphony No. 6

Encore:

Aho: Symphonic Dances

Myself conducting the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: springrite on August 02, 2011, 07:51:42 AM
An All Finnish Night!

Lindberg: Seht die Sonne
Rautavaara: Violin Concerto (soloist: Jaakko Kuusisto)

-Intermission-

Sibelius: Symphony No. 6

Encore:

Aho: Symphonic Dances

Myself conducting the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

I am willing to give you a standing ovation, a bouquet of flowers delivered by a Euroasian maid just so you could add one additional encore, possibly Salonen?
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Grazioso on August 02, 2011, 07:55:33 AM
Because I consider it absolutely most dramatic of all Beethoven symphonies and would try to show it.

I have my own name for it  per analogiam to eroica and pastorale - Sinfonia dialettica.

It's always been my favorite, too.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on August 02, 2011, 08:14:33 AM
I am willing to give you a standing ovation, a bouquet of flowers delivered by a Euroasian maid just so you could add one additional encore, possibly Salonen?

 :P ;D Sure!

Salonen: Helix
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Grazioso on August 02, 2011, 10:06:13 AM
I get to conduct?

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/19/Train_wreck_at_Montparnasse_1895.jpg/300px-Train_wreck_at_Montparnasse_1895.jpg)

But seriously, I'd conduct the Berlin Philharmonic in an all-Bax program as part of my "Aren't You Tired of Fat German Composers Yet?" 2011 Series:

Tintagel
Cello Concerto

--Intermission--

Symphony No. 2

--Encore-

Overture to a Picaresque Comedy
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Lethevich on August 02, 2011, 10:13:47 AM
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No.39
Granville Bantock: Heroic Ballad No.2
Havergal Brian: Symphony No.27
Granville Bantock: Heroic Ballad No.1
Franz Liszt: Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Brian on August 02, 2011, 10:18:13 AM
Franz Liszt: Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe

Oh, wow, that would be such a weird way to end a concert.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Lethevich on August 02, 2011, 10:28:16 AM
Oh, wow, that would be such a weird way to end a concert.

Definitely more interesting than:

Havergal Brian: "wat"
Joseph Haydn: "at least they saved the tuneful one for the end"

;D It was the only solution :(
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on August 02, 2011, 10:38:29 AM
It's An All East European Night!

Martinu: Estampes
Novak: In The Tatra Mountains

-Intermission-

Bartok: Bluebeard's Castle

Encore:

Enescu: Suite No. 3 "Villageoise"

Baritone: Peter Fried
Mezzo-Soprano: Cornelia Kallisch
Myself conducting the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Wanderer on August 02, 2011, 10:45:54 AM
Korngold: Cello Concerto
Janáček: Taras Bulba

*intermission*

R.Strauss: Don Quixote
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on August 02, 2011, 10:55:00 AM
Korngold: Cello Concerto
Janáček: Taras Bulba

*intermission*

R.Strauss: Don Quixote

What orchestra will you be conducting and who is the cellist for the performance of Strauss' Don Quixote?
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: jochanaan on August 02, 2011, 12:20:43 PM
Oh, so many choices!  I think, though, that I'd go with Mahler 8.  And just for fun, I might start with Varèse's Amériques or Arcana. :o :D

Orchestra: Philadelphia, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, Concertgebouw, or Vienna Philharmonic, with their associated choruses.

Another possibility: Scriabin's Poem of Ecstasy, then Messiaen's Eclairs sur l'Au-Dela.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Grazioso on August 03, 2011, 03:01:57 AM
Part of my 2011 "Czech it Out!" World Tour:

Concertgebouw

Suk Fairy Tale
Novak Lady Godiva

--Intermission--

One of the Fibich symphonies

--Encore

Janacek Lachian Dances


Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: eyeresist on August 03, 2011, 04:42:12 PM
I didn't call it dramatic. I called it most dramatic of all Beethoven symphonies. I would call no Beethoven symphony dramatic.

I don't understand this at all:

No Beethoven symphony is dramatic; The 8th is the most dramatic Beethoven symphony.

This doesn't add up!

(Never mind that Beethoven is surely by any reasonable measure a dramatic symphonist.)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Roberto on August 04, 2011, 12:07:59 AM
I don't understand this at all:

No Beethoven symphony is dramatic; The 8th is the most dramatic Beethoven symphony.
I don't understand either.  :(
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Brian on August 04, 2011, 12:27:52 AM
seven programs

Well, if we can post seven programs, here are mine!

Dvorak | Te Deum
Janacek | Sinfonietta
Janacek | Glagolitic Mass, original score
[CSO; my first post in this thread, and to my surprise still my top choice]

Rimsky-Korsakov | May Night Overture
Rachmaninov | Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Shostakovich | Symphony No 10
[Yevgeny Sudbin, piano; Seattle SO]

Mendelssohn | Overture, Scherzo, Nocturne: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Berlioz | Les nuits d’ete
Castelnuovo-Tedesco | Overture: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Atterberg | Symphony No 3, final movement, “Summer Night”
[Veronique Gens, soprano (unless time-traveling is allowed)]

Ravel | Daphnis et Chloe, Suite No 2 (with chorus)
Schmitt | La Tragedie de Salome, symphonic poem (with chorus)
Ravel | La valse
Poulenc | Gloria

Kalliwoda | Symphony No 5
Wieniawski | Violin Concerto No 2
Dvorak | Symphony No 8
[Tianwa Yang, violin; Czech Philharmonic]

Sibelius | Symphony No 6
Sibelius | Symphony No 7
Sibelius | Symphony No 5

Ravel | Ma mere l'oye
Ravel | Piano Concerto in G
Lutoslawski | Concerto for Orchestra
[Martha Argerich, piano]
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: mc ukrneal on August 04, 2011, 12:49:37 AM
I would have three possible programs - a simple one, an even simpler one, and a totally whacko one. I'll leave the whacko one for another day, but the others would be:

Program 1
Verdi's Requiem
Conducted by Ukrneal, leading the La Scala Orchestra and chorus. Soloists - would have to think about that. We could go with some Verdians like Alagna and Gheorghiu, but the idea of total nobodys also appeals. I have yet to hear the ideal version of this, which is the main reason I would pick it (well that and I love it!).

Program 2
Tchaikovsky Symphony 5
--Break--
Alexander Nevsky

Coducted by Ukrneal, leading the Concertgabouw Orchestra (and the Mariinsky chorus for Nevsky). Though to be honest, any top orchestra will do.

Program 3
Whacko program to be released when I have some time to put together this dream program.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: mszczuj on August 05, 2011, 06:31:06 AM
I don't understand this at all:

No Beethoven symphony is dramatic; The 8th is the most dramatic Beethoven symphony.

This doesn't add up!

It's like the youngest of three old ladies. None is young but one of them is the youngest.


Quote
(Never mind that Beethoven is surely by any reasonable measure a dramatic symphonist.)

His symphonies are only  played like so. But it is castration of their spiritual values. In my humble opinon, of course.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Roberto on August 05, 2011, 07:07:52 AM
His symphonies are only  played like so. But it is castration of their spiritual values. In my humble opinon, of course.
Could you link an example (performance) about what his symphonies are originally? What are their original spiritual values?
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on August 06, 2011, 06:38:05 AM
An All French Night (Part I):

Koechlin: Vers la Voute ètoilèe
Milhaud: La création du monde

-Intermission-

d'Indy: Symphonie sur un chant montagnard français (soloist: Alexandre Tharaud)

Encore:

Debussy: Children's Corner (orchestrated by A. Caplet)

Myself conducting the Orchestre National de France
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on August 10, 2011, 06:40:44 PM
Latin American Night!

Revueltas: Itinerarios
Estevez: Mediodía en el Llano
Castillo: Xibalba

-Intermission-

Villa-Lobos: Symphony No. 6

Encore:

Guarnieri: Trés Dansas para Orquesta

Myself conducting the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: techniquest on August 10, 2011, 09:18:08 PM
Program 1:

Shchedrin - Concerto for Orchestra No.1 "Merrie Ditties"
Prokofiev - Scythian Suite

interval

Mahler - Symphony No.4

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Ronan Parke (treble)

Program 2 (the one I'd really love to do):

Mahler - Symphony No.2 'Resurrection'
with the same forces that were at the Proms last week
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: (: premont :) on August 12, 2011, 11:50:41 AM
His symphonies are only  played like so. But it is castration of their spiritual values. In my humble opinon, of course.

Who is - in your opinion -  the most successful "undramatic" Beethoven symphony interpreter?
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: mszczuj on August 12, 2011, 01:33:24 PM

Could you link an example (performance) about what his symphonies are originally? What are their original spiritual values?

Who is - in your opinion -  the most successful "undramatic" Beethoven symphony interpreter?



Or with my favorite Missa Solemnis.



I will wrote something about it soon.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on August 12, 2011, 08:02:06 PM
An All-American Night!

Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Copland: Billy the Kid

-Intermission-

Ives: A Symphony: New England Holidays

Encore:

Ruggles: Sun-treader

Soprano: Dawn Upshaw
Myself conducting the Cleveland Orchestra
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: pymlee on August 13, 2011, 07:24:57 PM
I love to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic in a program of Ralph Vaughan Williams music such as "Serenade to Music".

Herbert von Karajan never played much British music which was a shame.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: haziz on August 14, 2011, 02:20:06 PM
It would be pretty conventional for me:


London Symphony Orchestra (I would also consider the Berlin Philharmonic, VPO or closer to home the Boston Symphony Orchestra):

Jennifer Higdon Loco (my one concession to contemporary music)
Sibelius Violin concerto (Znaider or Mutter or Gringolts as soloist)

Intermission

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 "Pathetique"


I know, boring, and quite similar to the programs being played by the Boston Symphony right now in Tanglewood, but it is what I enjoy.


Well the Second Concert in my magical season with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican:

Elgar: Cockaigne (In London Town), Op. 40
Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 - Maria Kliegel soloist

If given absolute magical powers I would resurrect Jacqueline du Pré (in her prime) for one last performance, but barring that I would invite a German cellist, known to me only as a name from numerous Naxos discs to play this most English of cello works with an English Orchestra in London!!??

Intermission

Kalinnikov: Symphony No. 1

Trying to counteract the undeserved neglect this lovely symphony and composer suffers from.

The program for the rest of my magical season with the LSO will follow slowly in drips and drabs.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: eyeresist on August 14, 2011, 04:24:22 PM
Kalinnikov: Symphony No. 1

Trying to counteract the undeserved neglect this lovely symphony and composer suffers from.

*Silly remark about pounding a table*
 
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Brian on August 27, 2011, 11:24:02 AM
The Program of Death

J.M. Kraus | Sinfonia funebre
Mozart | Piano Concerto No 20
<interval>
Liszt | From the Cradle to the Grave
Janacek | Taras Bulba

Alexei Lubimov, piano
David Goode, organ
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Drasko on August 27, 2011, 11:53:36 AM
Ligeti - Atmospheres
Xenakis - Synaphai
[intermission]
Birtwistle - Earth Dances
Ligeti - Lontano

Maurizio Pollini, Wiener Philharmoniker
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: madaboutmahler on August 30, 2011, 05:16:32 AM
What a wonderful question!
It is an ambition of mine to be a professional conductor, as well as composer, so I spend a lot of time conducting imaginary orchestras in my bedroom, and a lot of time creating my own programmes, such fun! :)
If I had to just pick only 1 (or 3 ;) ) concerts to conduct and spend my life as a music critic/musicologist/composer then these would be my choices! :)

1)

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet selections (around 30 minutes worth)
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto 1 (Ibragimova, violinist)
INTERVAL
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe (complete)
Orchestra: Philharmonia (I love the energy of this orchestra)

2)
Strauss: Don Juan
Elgar: Enigma Variations
Interval
Mahler: Symphony 6
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker

3)

An All Elgar Programme!
Elgar: In The South Overture
Elgar: Cello Concerto (Alisa Weilerstein, cello)
Interval
Elgar: Symphony 2
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra

I love creating these programmes, and hope that my dream of becoming a conductor (and composer!) becomes reality in the future! :)

Have a nice day everyone!
Best Wishes
Daniel
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on August 30, 2011, 07:49:40 AM

I love creating these programmes, and hope that my dream of becoming a conductor (and composer!) becomes reality in the future! :)


If you persevere with your dream, it will become a reality, Daniel (barring unforeseen circumstances, of course!)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Sergeant Rock on August 30, 2011, 08:20:26 AM
My fantasy concert will be with my local band, the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and take place in Mannheim's Rosengarten.

We will start with

Suppé Light Cavalry Overture

because I'm an old cavalry trooper and because I've never heard the work live. Then we'll play

Mozart Sinfonia Concertante E flat K.364

The soloists will be Mutter and that gorgeous Blonde in the viola section that I've had my eye on for years. I figure giving her the spotlight will not only be rewarding for her but for me  ;D

During the Pause Mutter, the Blonde and I will celebrate our stunningly successful performance privately in my dressing room, and then it's on to

Hans Rott Symphony in E major

I will use my supreme authority as conductor to give the triangle player several coffee breaks during the performance at a café across the street from the Rosengarten. He will be allowed to play three or four times, but no more than three seconds per time, up until the finale's peroration, at which point I'll finally let him loose to wreck havoc on our ears and nerves...just as Rott intended  8)

Sarge
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: madaboutmahler on August 30, 2011, 08:36:39 AM

If you persevere with your dream, it will become a reality, Daniel (barring unforeseen circumstances, of course!)

Thank you, Johan! :)
 
Hans Rott Symphony in E major

I will use my supreme authority as conductor to give the triangle player several coffee breaks during the performance at a café across the street from the Rosengarten. He will be allowed to play three or four times, but no more than three seconds per time, up until the finale's peroration, at which point I'll finally let him loose to wreck havoc on our ears and nerves...just as Rott intended  8)

Sarge

haha ;) I have not heard the symphony, so am just guessing that there is a very long, tiring triangle part?! ;) As a keen orchestral percussionist myself, I wouldn't mind trying it sometime! :)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Sergeant Rock on August 30, 2011, 08:47:38 AM

haha ;) I have not heard the symphony, so am just guessing that there is a very long, tiring triangle part?! ;) As a keen orchestral percussionist myself, I wouldn't mind trying it sometime! :)

You don't know the Rott symphony? If you truly are mad about Mahler you have to hear it. Mahler and Rott were students together. You can hear Rott's influence on Mahler's music, especially in the Scherzo. Rott was quite promising but unfortunately mentally unstable. He had a complete breakdown after Brahms rejected his music. He died young in a mental institution. The triangle part really is too much though--some judicious snipping would improve things, and I'm fully prepared to implement the cuts :D

Sarge
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: DavidW on August 30, 2011, 08:53:00 AM
Ligeti - Atmospheres
Xenakis - Synaphai
[intermission]
Birtwistle - Earth Dances
Ligeti - Lontano

Maurizio Pollini, Wiener Philharmoniker

I would go to that concert!  Great program. :)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on August 30, 2011, 09:00:08 AM

Mozart Sinfonia Concertante E flat K.364

The soloists will be Mutter and that gorgeous Blonde in the viola section that I've had my eye on for years. I figure giving her the spotlight will not only be rewarding for her but for me  ;D

During the Pause Mutter, the Blonde and I will celebrate our stunningly successful performance privately in my dressing room, and then it's on to


First - no BRIAN?!?


Second - why does the word VILF enter my head?
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Sergeant Rock on August 30, 2011, 09:06:21 AM

First - no BRIAN?

I'm old...three works (plus the celebratory Pause which will take a lot out of me  ;D ) is all I can get up for nowadays. I suppose I could substitute one of Havergal's overtures for the Light Cavalry. But I love that old warhorse.

Second - why does the word VILF enter my head?

 ;D :D ;D

Sarge

Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: madaboutmahler on August 30, 2011, 09:32:14 AM
You don't know the Rott symphony? If you truly are mad about Mahler you have to hear it. Mahler and Rott were students together. You can hear Rott's influence on Mahler's music, especially in the Scherzo. Rott was quite promising but unfortunately mentally unstable. He had a complete breakdown after Brahms rejected his music. He died young in a mental institution. The triangle part really is too much though--some judicious snipping would improve things, and I'm fully prepared to implement the cuts :D

Sarge

Yes, I knew Mahler and Rott were close colleagues and that Mahler admired Rott very much, even using some of Rott's music in his first symphony! Yes, I heard the story of how Rott was on a train and threatened someone with a pistol because he believed that Brahms had hidden explosives on the train... so yes, just a little mentally unstable, unfortunately. I shall definitely listen to it soon, you are not the first who has recommended it to me so I better get a recording rather soon! ;) Which performance do you recommend?

Daniel
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Lethevich on August 30, 2011, 09:46:38 AM
Beethoven: Große Fuge [arr. string orchestra]
Gubaidulina: Offertorium
-int-
Schoenberg: Pelleas und Melisande
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Brian on August 30, 2011, 09:56:52 AM
I'm old...three works (plus the celebratory Pause which will take a lot out of me  ;D ) is all I can get up for nowadays. I suppose I could substitute one of Havergal's overtures for the Light Cavalry. But I love that old warhorse.

Oh, don't give up Light Cavalry. What a wonderful piece. And I've never heard it live either. :)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on August 30, 2011, 09:58:48 AM
An All-British Night!

Britten: Four Interludes from Peter Grimes
Tippett: Piano Concerto (Soloist: Martin Roscoe)

-Intermission-

Bliss: A Colour Symphony

Encore:

Alwyn: Pastoral Fantasia (Soloist: Kim Kashkashian)

Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: DieNacht on August 30, 2011, 10:17:06 AM
A session of probably first-modern or premiere performances, could be recorded as well:

Vytautas Bacevicius:"At Dawn", piece for orchestra (1928)
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji:"Poeme, Chaleur", short piece for Orchestra (1917)
Vaino Raitio:"Piano Concerto" (1914) /soloist Martha Argerich
Joseph Matthias Hauer:"Piano Concerto in One Movement" (1928)

- break -

Natanael Berg:"The Elves", ballet (1914)
Karel Boleslav Jirak:"Lyrical intermezzo", 5 Songs f.Soprano & Orchestra (1913)(10mins) /soloist Anne Sophie von Otter
Lubos Fiser:"Violin Concerto" (1998) /soloist Gidon Kremer

Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Sergeant Rock on August 31, 2011, 01:31:06 AM
Which performance do you recommend?

Weigle's is the most satisfactory performance to me (it's also cheap):



It has the added benefit of burying the triangle too  ;)  But since you're a percussionist, you might enjoy Segerstam (Bis) or Dennis Russell Davies (CPO) more. The triangle is especially prominent in Segerstam's recording--which is why I don't listen to it much even though I like his broad pacing. If you wait a bit we're expecting P. Järvi's recording to be issued soon.

Sarge
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: madaboutmahler on August 31, 2011, 11:49:11 AM
Weigle's is the most satisfactory performance to me (it's also cheap):



It has the added benefit of burying the triangle too  ;)  But since you're a percussionist, you might enjoy Segerstam (Bis) or Dennis Russell Davies (CPO) more. The triangle is especially prominent in Segerstam's recording--which is why I don't listen to it much even though I like his broad pacing. If you wait a bit we're expecting P. Järvi's recording to be issued soon.

Sarge

Ok, thank you for those recommendations! :)
Have a nice evening, Sarge!
Daniel
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Roberto on September 03, 2011, 09:53:47 PM


I will wrote something about it soon.

Do you like mainly the HIP Beethoven or just this one? I think Beethoven is an especial composer because he sounds good in HIP performances and romantic performances also. For me of course.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Lisztianwagner on September 25, 2011, 10:14:30 AM
Very good question! Mine would be quite a long concert :)

Berliner Philharmoniker

Wagner: Prelude from "Tristan und Isolde"
Beethoven: Symphony No.9

Interval

Liszt: Orpheus, symphonic poem No.4
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Interval

Mahler: Symphony No.6
Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie

Ilaria
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: madaboutmahler on September 25, 2011, 11:05:47 AM
Very good question! Mine would be quite a long concert :)

Berliner Philharmoniker

Wagner: Prelude from "Tristan und Isolde"
Beethoven: Symphony No.9

Interval

Liszt: Orpheus, symphonic poem No.4
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Interval

Mahler: Symphony No.6
Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie

Ilaria

Gosh, that certainly would be a very long concert Ilaria, I am imagine you would be rather tired after it!! :)
But I would certainly attend it - a perfect programme for me!

Daniel
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Lisztianwagner on September 25, 2011, 11:35:59 AM
Gosh, that certainly would be a very long concert Ilaria, I am imagine you would be rather tired after it!! :)
But I would certainly attend it - a perfect programme for me!

Daniel

Thank you Daniel! I certainly suppose so, because I would play the piano too.  ;)

Well, that's true it would be a long concert, but it would take the same time of an opera by Wagner......

I think you would conduct the Berlin Phil as well, wouldn't you?  :)

Ilaria



Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Lisztianwagner on September 25, 2011, 11:43:04 AM
What a wonderful question!
It is an ambition of mine to be a professional conductor, as well as composer, so I spend a lot of time conducting imaginary orchestras in my bedroom, and a lot of time creating my own programmes, such fun! :)
If I had to just pick only 1 (or 3 ;) ) concerts to conduct and spend my life as a music critic/musicologist/composer then these would be my choices! :)

1)

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet selections (around 30 minutes worth)
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto 1 (Ibragimova, violinist)
INTERVAL
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe (complete)
Orchestra: Philharmonia (I love the energy of this orchestra)

2)
Strauss: Don Juan
Elgar: Enigma Variations
Interval
Mahler: Symphony 6
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker

3)

An All Elgar Programme!
Elgar: In The South Overture
Elgar: Cello Concerto (Alisa Weilerstein, cello)
Interval
Elgar: Symphony 2
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra

I love creating these programmes, and hope that my dream of becoming a conductor (and composer!) becomes reality in the future! :)

Have a nice day everyone!
Best Wishes
Daniel

I would surely attend your concerts too, they look very beautiful!  ;)

Ilaria
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: madaboutmahler on September 25, 2011, 12:25:03 PM
Thank you Daniel! I certainly suppose so, because I would play the piano too.  ;)

Well, that's true it would be a long concert, but it would take the same time of an opera by Wagner......

I think you would conduct the Berlin Phil as well, wouldn't you?  :)

Ilaria

I suppose so, maybe a bit longer than a Wagner opera actually! I would estimate your concert at around 4 hours long (not including the intervals!). Yes, I certainly would love to conduct the Berlin Phil, they would be my first choice anyday! :)

I would surely attend your concerts too, they look very beautiful!  ;)

Ilaria

Thank you Ilaria! :) Hopefully you will attend my concerts one day, I really hope my ambition of being a conductor/composer will work! :)

Daniel
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Lisztianwagner on September 25, 2011, 12:39:59 PM
I suppose so, maybe a bit longer than a Wagner opera actually! I would estimate your concert at around 4 hours long (not including the intervals!). Yes, I certainly would love to conduct the Berlin Phil, they would be my first choice anyday! :)

Well, apart from Das Rheingold and Der Fliegende Hollander, all Wagner's operas are about 4 hours long.......

Quote
Thank you Ilaria! :) Hopefully you will attend my concerts one day, I really hope my ambition of being a conductor/composer will work! :)

Of course I will do it, and I'm also sure your ambition will work, no doubt!  :)
If I got good enough as pianist, I would like to perfom one of your piano works one day.........like Rachmaninov/Stokowski  ;)

Ilaria

Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on September 25, 2011, 05:43:22 PM
Another All-French Night!!!

Satie: Parade
Milhaud: Piano Concerto No. 5

-Intermission-

Honegger: Symphony No. 3, "Liturgique"

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet - piano
Myself conducting the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Lisztianwagner on September 26, 2011, 01:55:58 AM
An All-Holst Programm
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra

Holst: A Choral Fantasia, Op. 51
Holst: Two Songs without Word Op. 22
Interval
Holst: The Planets, Op. 32

Otherwise an All-Austrian programm
Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker

Bruckner: Symphony No.4
Interval
J. Strauss: Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald op. 325
Alban Berg: Lyrische Suite
Interval
Mahler: Symphony No.1

Ilaria

Ilaria

Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: springrite on September 26, 2011, 01:57:38 AM
Another All-French Night!!!

Satie: Parade
Milhaud: Piano Concerto No. 5

-Intermission-

Honegger: Symphony No. 3, "Liturgique"

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet - piano
Myself conducting the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Of course you are justing using this program to lure people in for the 3 hours of encores of Koechlin's music!
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: madaboutmahler on September 26, 2011, 07:22:54 AM
Of course I will do it, and I'm also sure your ambition will work, no doubt!  :)
If I got good enough as pianist, I would like to perfom one of your piano works one day.........like Rachmaninov/Stokowski  ;)

Ilaria

Thank you Ilaria! :)

An All-Holst Programm
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra

Holst: A Choral Fantasia, Op. 51
Holst: Two Songs without Word Op. 22
Interval
Holst: The Planets, Op. 32

Otherwise an All-Austrian programm
Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker

Bruckner: Symphony No.4
Interval
J. Strauss: Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald op. 325
Alban Berg: Lyrische Suite
Interval
Mahler: Symphony No.1

Ilaria

You certainly are a wonderful programme inventor Ilaria! :) Both of those look excellent! :)

Daniel

Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Lisztianwagner on September 26, 2011, 07:31:05 AM
You certainly are a wonderful programme inventor Ilaria! :) Both of those look excellent! :)

Daniel

Too kind :D I'm only an extreme fan of classical music  ;)

Ilaria
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on September 26, 2011, 09:23:45 AM
Of course you are justing using this program to lure people in for the 3 hours of encores of Koechlin's music!

 :P

That's right! :D


Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on September 26, 2011, 03:15:40 PM
An All-Latin American Night:

Nobre: Convergencias
Caturia: Tres danzas cubanas

-Intermission-

Ginastera: Estancia (complete ballet)

Luis Gaeta - bass-baritone/narrator
Myself conducting the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: madaboutmahler on February 06, 2012, 01:36:20 PM
Debussy Nocturnes
Britten Violin Concerto
interval
Mahler Symphony no.7

San Francisco Orchestra/Daniel Hogan
Scarlet O'Shea violin

Scarlet is an incredibly talented young violinist friend of mine who I admire very very much... in fact, I am going to be writing a violin sonata dedicated to her! In the future, she shall definitely be someone I would want to work with, we are certainly working well together at the moment playing duets together! :)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on February 06, 2012, 01:45:58 PM
Brahms, Tragische Ouvertüre
Brian, Elegy


Interval


Bruckner, Symphony No. 9


Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, with maestro Herrenberg at the helm  ;D


(ambulances outside)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: madaboutmahler on February 06, 2012, 02:14:06 PM
Debussy Nocturnes
Britten Violin Concerto
interval
Mahler Symphony no.7

San Francisco Orchestra/Daniel Hogan
Scarlet O'Shea violin

Scarlet is an incredibly talented young violinist friend of mine who I admire very very much... in fact, I am going to be writing a violin sonata dedicated to her! In the future, she shall definitely be someone I would want to work with, we are certainly working well together at the moment playing duets together! :)

The SFO loved us both so much that we were instantly invited back!  :o  :)

And they commissioned a concerto for the concert as well... I wonder who I'll write it for.... (no surprises!)
Ravel La Valse
Hogan Violin Concerto (world premiere)
interval
Prokofiev Selections from Romeo and Juliet

San Francisco Orchestra/Daniel Hogan
Scarlet O'Shea, violin.

:)

Hopefully one day!  :)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on February 06, 2012, 06:31:02 PM
All Shostakovich night:

Festive Overture
The Bolt (ballet suite)

-Intermission-

Symphony No. 11 "The Year 1905"

Encore:

Jazz Suite No. 1

Myself conducting Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Lisztianwagner on February 07, 2012, 04:14:15 AM
Hogan Violin Concerto (world premiere)

Are you planning to write a Violin Concerto? That's amazing! I would certainly attend this premiere ;)

Another german-austrian programme:

Mahler Symphony No.6
Haydn "Farewell" Symphony, Finale
Interval
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5

Wiener Philharmoniker

Me at the piano for the Emperor Concerto as well ;D

Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Lisztianwagner on February 07, 2012, 04:18:53 AM
Another german-austrian programme:

Mahler Symphony No.6
Haydn "Farewell" Symphony, Finale
Interval
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5

Wiener Philharmoniker

Me at the piano for the Emperor Concerto as well ;D

As I mentioned the Wiener Philharmoniker, I would also like to conduct the orchestra at the Neujahrskonzert ;D
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: madaboutmahler on February 07, 2012, 10:28:35 AM
Are you planning to write a Violin Concerto? That's amazing! I would certainly attend this premiere ;)

Another german-austrian programme:

Mahler Symphony No.6
Haydn "Farewell" Symphony, Finale
Interval
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5

Wiener Philharmoniker

Me at the piano for the Emperor Concerto as well ;D

I would love to! Especially if I get to conduct the premiere myself with the amazing Scarlet as soloist! :)

Wonderful programme, Ilaria! I'd definitely want to see it! Interesting you put Mahler 6 in the first half of the programme! :)

GREAT NEWS! The San Francisco Orchestra loved the last two concerts so much that I have been invited to be principal guest conductor!!!! :)

I get to conduct three concerts in the season, and they are:

Taneyev Oresteia Overture
Bortkiewicz Piano Concerto no.1 (Stephen Hough, piano)
interval
Tchaikovsky Symphony no.6


Vaughan Williams Tallis Fantasia
Delius Violin Concerto (Scarlet O'Shea, violin :) )
interval
Elgar Symphony no.2


Hogan new work (world premiere)
interval
Mahler Symphony no.6

I have also taken over from Vladimir Jurowski as principal of the London Philharmonic.

 0:)

I love this thread.... allows me to post my dreams for the future! :)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Lisztianwagner on February 07, 2012, 11:00:58 AM
I would love to! Especially if I get to conduct the premiere myself with the amazing Scarlet as soloist! :)

Wonderful programme, Ilaria! I'd definitely want to see it! Interesting you put Mahler 6 in the first half of the programme! :)

GREAT NEWS! The San Francisco Orchestra loved the last two concerts so much that I have been invited to be principal guest conductor!!!! :)

I get to conduct three concerts in the season, and they are:

Taneyev Oresteia Overture
Bortkiewicz Piano Concerto no.1 (Stephen Hough, piano)
interval
Tchaikovsky Symphony no.6


Vaughan Williams Tallis Fantasia
Delius Violin Concerto (Scarlet O'Shea, violin :) )
interval
Elgar Symphony no.2


Hogan new work (world premiere)
interval
Mahler Symphony no.6

I have also taken over from Vladimir Jurowski as principal of the London Philharmonic.

 0:)

I love this thread.... allows me to post my dreams for the future! :)

 ;D
Thank you Daniel, yours are amazing too, I would surely want to see them! Interesting that you chose the SFO, and not the Berliner Philharmoniker; anyway that one is an excellent orchestra as well. ;)

Agreed, this thread is so amusing, I really enjoy it!

Introduction
Hogan Seascapes, piano transcription (my own transcription to be clear)

Siibelius Finlandia
Josef Strauss Sphären-Klänge
Interval
Smetana Die Moldau
Mahler Symphony No.1 "Titan"

Wiener Philharmoniker
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: madaboutmahler on February 07, 2012, 11:16:23 AM
;D
Thank you Daniel, yours are amazing too, I would surely want to see them! Interesting that you chose the SFO, and not the Berliner Philharmoniker; anyway that one is an excellent orchestra as well. ;)

Agreed, this thread is so amusing, I really enjoy it!

Introduction
Hogan Seascapes, piano transcription (my own transcription to be clear)

Siibelius Finlandia
Josef Strauss Sphären-Klänge
Interval
Smetana Die Moldau
Mahler Symphony No.1 "Titan"

Wiener Philharmoniker

Thank you, Ilaria! I'm going to leave it a bit until I allow myself to conduct the Berliner Philharmoniker ;) At the moment, my most frequently visited orchestras to conduct are the London Philharmonic, San Francisco Orchestra and CBSO. I have debuts with the Royal Concertgebouw, Philharmonia and Vienna Philharmonic later in the current season. :D

How kind of you to programme one of my pieces in your concert with the Vienna Philharmonic! A piano transcription of Seascapes certainly would be very very interesting! Wonderful concert again! :)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Lisztianwagner on February 07, 2012, 11:50:18 AM
Thank you, Ilaria! I'm going to leave it a bit until I allow myself to conduct the Berliner Philharmoniker ;) At the moment, my most frequently visited orchestras to conduct are the London Philharmonic, San Francisco Orchestra and CBSO. I have debuts with the Royal Concertgebouw, Philharmonia and Vienna Philharmonic later in the current season. :D

How kind of you to programme one of my pieces in your concert with the Vienna Philharmonic! A piano transcription of Seascapes certainly would be very very interesting! Wonderful concert again! :)

Haha, I hope you will really be able to conduct all those orchestras one day! :)

My pleasure ;D I may try to write a piano transcription of "Seascapes" in future, I like that work very much. Franz Liszt made the piano arrangements of many pieces, it would be great to do the same with one of yours. :)

Well, being a member of the Wiener Philharmoniker would have certainly been my dream if I had seriously devoted myself to music...and if I had chosen an orchestral instrument. :)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: madaboutmahler on February 07, 2012, 12:20:11 PM
Haha, I hope you will really be able to conduct all those orchestras one day! :)

My pleasure ;D I may try to write a piano transcription of "Seascapes" in future, I like that work very much. Franz Liszt made the piano arrangements of many pieces, it would be great to do the same with one of yours. :)

Well, being a member of the Wiener Philharmoniker would have certainly been my dream if I had seriously devoted myself to music...and if I had chosen an orchestral instrument. :)

Thank you, Ilaria! I really hope so too - it is my passionate ambition!

Thank you, glad you like it! I would certainly be interested to see how Seascapes would work for piano...

What orchestral instrument would you have chosen, Ilaria? You can still start now, I'm sure you'd be great! And you could still be in the Wiener Philharmoniker, as a pianist/celesta! :)

Debut with the Vienna Philharmonic later in the season:

Mendelssohn A Midsummer's Night Dream Overture
Schumann Piano Concerto (Ilaria Peruzzo, piano)
interval
Schubert Symphony no.9

also, debut with the Philharmonia

Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet - selections (at least 35 minutes worth)
Shostakovich Violin Concerto no.1 (Scarlet O'Shea, violin)
interval
Stravinsky Symphony in Three Movements
Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances

:)

One day! :)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on February 07, 2012, 12:52:52 PM
Another All-Shostakovich Night:

Novorossisk Chimes
Piano Concerto No. 2 (soloist: Marc-André Hamelin)

-Intermission-

Symphony No. 8 in C Minor

Myself conducting the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: madaboutmahler on February 07, 2012, 12:55:36 PM
Those Shostakovich concerts look great, John. I'd definitely come along! ;)

Could I expect to see you at my debut with the Philharmonia? See above :D
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on February 07, 2012, 01:21:48 PM
Those Shostakovich concerts look great, John. I'd definitely come along! ;)

Could I expect to see you at my debut with the Philharmonia? See above :D

I'm glad you would come see my Shostakovich concerts. The whole month of October would be dedicated to nothing but me touring around Europe conducting different orchestras in Shostakovich programs. Yes, I would come to your Philharmonia concert. Should be a good one! ;) :D
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: madaboutmahler on February 07, 2012, 01:27:33 PM
I'm glad you would come see my Shostakovich concerts. The whole month of October would be dedicated to nothing but me touring around Europe conducting different orchestras in Shostakovich programs. Yes, I would come to your Philharmonia concert. Should be a good one! ;) :D

haha :D Thank you, John. :)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on February 07, 2012, 01:48:20 PM
All-Shostakovich Night Part 3: England

October
Symphony No. 2 in B Major

-Intermission-

Symphony No. 7 "Leningrad"

Myself conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Lisztianwagner on February 07, 2012, 02:28:03 PM
Thank you, Ilaria! I really hope so too - it is my passionate ambition!

Thank you, glad you like it! I would certainly be interested to see how Seascapes would work for piano...

What orchestral instrument would you have chosen, Ilaria? You can still start now, I'm sure you'd be great! And you could still be in the Wiener Philharmoniker, as a pianist/celesta! :)

Debut with the Vienna Philharmonic later in the season:

Mendelssohn A Midsummer's Night Dream Overture
Schumann Piano Concerto (Ilaria Peruzzo, piano)
interval
Schubert Symphony no.9

Let me think.....maybe I would have chosen the violin, either the flute or the oboe since I played the recorder at the middle school; anyway thank you for the encouragement, for now I prefer to become proficient at the piano. :)
Haha, you're very kind, thanks so much, it would be certainly wonderful; I might be like Borodin: chemist on morning and musician at night.

Thanks for including me as pianist in your programme! ;) Wiener Philharmoniker or not, I hope it will happen one day, playing in one of your concert would be absolutely great!
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All-Shostakovich Night Part 3: England

October
Symphony No. 2 in B Major

-Intermission-

Symphony No. 7 "Leningrad"

Myself conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

What an excellent concert John!
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: techniquest on February 07, 2012, 03:36:44 PM
Following from my last concert (which was panned by the critics, but loved by the sell-out crowd  :P ), I present the completely Over-The-Top ultra-concert (one night only)!

Malcolm Arnold - A Grand, Grand Overture
Paoul Ruders - Concerto in Pieces

Interval 1

Khachaturian - Symphony No.3
Prokofiev - Seven, They Are Seven

Interval 2 (to re-set the stage)

Arvo Part - Credo
Jon Leifs - Hekla

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus; BBC Concert Orchestra; Rick Wakeman (organ); Joe McElderry (tenor); volunteers from the audience on hoovers and rifles.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on February 07, 2012, 04:54:35 PM
What an excellent concert John!

Thanks, Ilaria! I've enjoyed reading your concerts too. :D
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on February 07, 2012, 05:04:48 PM
All-Shostakovich Night: Finland

Overture on Russian and Khirghiz Folk Themes
Piano Concerto No. 1 (soloist: Leif Ove Andsnes)

-Intermission-

Symphony No. 5

Myself conducting the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on April 22, 2012, 07:40:38 PM
The Essence of America - A six-part series featuring myself conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

-Series 1-

Cowell: Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 3
Ruggles: Sun-treader

-Intermission-

Ives: Symphony No. 4

Encore:

Ives: Central Park in the Dark


 
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on April 22, 2012, 07:52:36 PM
The Essence of America - A six-part series featuring myself conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

-Series 2-

Schuman: Credendum
Piston: The Incredible Flutist Suite

-Intermission-

Harris: Symphony No. 3

Encore:

Copland: Orchestral Variations
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on April 22, 2012, 08:09:05 PM
The Essence of America - A six-part series featuring myself conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

-Series 3-

Varèse: Ameriques
Barber: Knoxville - Summer of 1915 (Soloist: Sylvia McNair)

-Intermission-

Rochberg: Violin Concerto (Soloist: Robert McDuffie)

Encore:

Bernstein: Serenade (Soloist: Robert McDuffie)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Scion7 on April 22, 2012, 08:24:52 PM
I'd put on a white wig, white gloves and tails, and as I walked onto the stage amid hushed, awed whispers of "Leopold! Leopold!" from the orchestra, I'd take the baton from the conductor already there at the podium.  I'd break the baton in two, and cast it aside .... then ... arching my brow, I'd glare at the now-sweating soloist .....

 :D
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: classicalgeek on April 23, 2012, 03:44:59 PM
This is fun - I'm loving some of M.I.'s concerts!  I'll play along...

Schuman: Three Places in New England New England Triptych
Saint-Saëns: Piano concerto no. 5 (Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano)*

-intermission-

Liszt: 'Chapelle de Guillaume Tell', from Années de Pelerinage/Suisse (orch. Brannigan)**
Nielsen: Symphony no. 4 'Inextinguishable'

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, cond. James Brannigan

*Part of a series (to be recorded by Chandos) featuring Mr. Bavouzet in all five Saint-Saëns concerti ;D
**I arranged this for orchestra way back in 1989 and always wondered how it would sound.  In my brief life as a composer, I never finished a mature work for full orchestra :(, so this will have to do!
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Brian on April 23, 2012, 03:53:26 PM
This is fun - I'm loving some of M.I.'s concerts!  I'll play along...

Schuman: Three Places in New England
Saint-Saëns: Piano concerto no. 5 (Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano)*

-intermission-

Liszt: 'Chapelle de Guillaume Tell', from Années de Pelerinage/Suisse (orch. Brannigan)**
Nielsen: Symphony no. 4 'Inextinguishable'

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, cond. James Brannigan

*Part of a series (to be recorded by Chandos) featuring Mr. Bavouzet in all five Saint-Saëns concerti ;D
**I arranged this for orchestra way back in 1989 and always wondered how it would sound.  In my brief life as a composer, I never finished a mature work for full orchestra :(, so this will have to do!

That's awesome! I would absolutely go to that concert. Of course, I'd go to any concert with the Saint-Saens concerti. In fact, in my "Concert programs" Word doc, I have a whole series planned out - the Saint-Saens+French ballet (mostly) festival:

Debussy | Prelude a 'L'apres-midi d'un faune'
Saint-Saens | Piano Concerto No 1
Poulenc | Les biches
   
Saint-Saens | Piano Concerto No 2
Pierne | Cydalise et le Chevre-Pied

Dukas | L'apprenti sorcier
Saint-Saens | Piano Concerto No 3
Roussel | Bacchus et Ariane

Saint-Saens | Piano Concerto No 4
Ravel | Daphnis et Chloe
 
Berlioz | Le mort de Cleopatre
Schmitt | La tragedie de Salome
Saint-Saens | Piano Concerto No 5

Notice the last one preserves a 'Middle East' theme  :P
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: classicalgeek on April 23, 2012, 03:56:55 PM
That's awesome! I would absolutely go to that concert. Of course, I'd go to any concert with the Saint-Saens concerti. In fact, in my "Concert programs" Word doc, I have a whole series planned out - the Saint-Saens+French ballet (mostly) festival:

Debussy | Prelude a 'L'apres-midi d'un faune'
Saint-Saens | Piano Concerto No 1
Poulenc | Les biches
   
Saint-Saens | Piano Concerto No 2
Pierne | Cydalise et le Chevre-Pied

Dukas | L'apprenti sorcier
Saint-Saens | Piano Concerto No 3
Roussel | Bacchus et Ariane

Saint-Saens | Piano Concerto No 4
Ravel | Daphnis et Chloe
 
Berlioz | Le mort de Cleopatre
Schmitt | La tragedie de Salome
Saint-Saens | Piano Concerto No 5

Notice the last one preserves a 'Middle East' theme  :P

All very nice - a lot of fun to play, to conduct, and to hear!  I assume 'Daphnis et Chloe' is the complete ballet (with the wordless chorus, of course :D), and not the suite.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Brian on April 23, 2012, 05:05:04 PM
All very nice - a lot of fun to play, to conduct, and to hear!  I assume 'Daphnis et Chloe' is the complete ballet (with the wordless chorus, of course :D), and not the suite.

'Daphnis' is the full ballet with chorus! 'Cydalise' also deploys wordless chorus, as does 'Salome' usually but I'm subbing the singer from 'Cleopatre' in that performance.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on April 23, 2012, 06:02:06 PM
This is fun - I'm loving some of M.I.'s concerts!  I'll play along...

Schuman: Three Places in New England
Saint-Saëns: Piano concerto no. 5 (Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano)*

-intermission-

Liszt: 'Chapelle de Guillaume Tell', from Années de Pelerinage/Suisse (orch. Brannigan)**
Nielsen: Symphony no. 4 'Inextinguishable'

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, cond. James Brannigan

*Part of a series (to be recorded by Chandos) featuring Mr. Bavouzet in all five Saint-Saëns concerti ;D
**I arranged this for orchestra way back in 1989 and always wondered how it would sound.  In my brief life as a composer, I never finished a mature work for full orchestra :(, so this will have to do!

I would attend this concert! :D By the way, do you mean Ives' Three Pieces in New England or do you mean Schuman's New England Triptych?
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: classicalgeek on April 23, 2012, 06:06:37 PM
I would attend this concert! :D By the way, do you mean Ives' Three Pieces in New England or do you mean Schuman's New England Triptych?

Ahh, my apologies - I mean the Schuman!  I suppose I'm not the first to get the titles confused...  :-[
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on April 23, 2012, 06:12:11 PM
Ahh, my apologies - I mean the Schuman!  I suppose I'm not the first to get the titles confused...  :-[

Well there's three works by three American masters that refers to New England:

Piston: Three New England Sketches
Schuman: New England Triptych
Ives: Three Pieces in New England

It's easy to get them confused but there's no mistaking the way each of them sounds. They're all very different from each other. I recall this Piston work being quite Impressionistic in style. The Schuman, one of his most popular works, has patriotic feel and is chockful of good tunes. The Ives has a rugged feel, but the dissonance the work uses is typical, everything but the kitchen sink Ives. :D
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: PaulR on April 23, 2012, 06:17:44 PM
Well there's three works by three American masters that refers to New England:

Piston: Three New England Sketches
Schuman: New England Triptych
Ives: Three Pieces in New England

It's easy to get them confused but there's no mistaking the way each of them sounds. They're all very different from each other. I recall this Piston work being quite Impressionistic in style. The Schuman, one of his most popular works, has patriotic feel and is chockful of good tunes. The Ives has a rugged feel, but the dissonance the work uses is typical, everything but the kitchen sink Ives. :D
The New England Concert! 
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on April 23, 2012, 06:49:08 PM
The New England Concert!

 :P
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Winky Willy on April 23, 2012, 07:01:41 PM
Cleveland Orchestra

Brahms 4
Intermission
Mahler 6
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on April 23, 2012, 07:34:45 PM
The Essence of America - A six-part series featuring myself conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

-Series 4-

Creston: Choreografic Suite
Thomson: Autumn (Concertina For Harp, Strings & Percussion)

-Intermission-

Schuman: Symphony No. 3

Encore:

Still: In Memoriam, "The Colored Soldiers who Died for Democracy"
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: eyeresist on April 23, 2012, 07:44:09 PM
COMPOSERS IN CONTRAST Series

Vaughan Williams - Symphony No. 4 in F minor

~ Interval ~

Virgil Thomson - Louisiana Story (suite in three movements)
Hindemith - Der Schwanendreher (The Swan-turner) - concerto for viola and orchestra



The joke here is that listeners unfamilar with the works might get the attributions mixed up :)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Scion7 on April 23, 2012, 11:04:39 PM
I would locate Bacewicz's Fourth Symphony score and give it the reboot'd premiere it deserves.  And arrange for a radio broadcast when it was performed.

Symphony No.4 - 1953 (PWM 1955)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: madaboutmahler on April 24, 2012, 07:05:08 AM
Cleveland Orchestra

Brahms 4
Intermission
Mahler 6

 ;D

This is fun - I'm loving some of M.I.'s concerts!  I'll play along...

Schuman: Three Places in New England New England Triptych
Saint-Saëns: Piano concerto no. 5 (Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano)*

-intermission-

Liszt: 'Chapelle de Guillaume Tell', from Années de Pelerinage/Suisse (orch. Brannigan)**
Nielsen: Symphony no. 4 'Inextinguishable'

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, cond. James Brannigan

*Part of a series (to be recorded by Chandos) featuring Mr. Bavouzet in all five Saint-Saëns concerti ;D
**I arranged this for orchestra way back in 1989 and always wondered how it would sound.  In my brief life as a composer, I never finished a mature work for full orchestra :(, so this will have to do!


Wow, I would certainly go to that one!
And all of yours too, Brian!

And yours would certainly be very interesting, John! :D

I like to post on this thread very often... because, as I have probably mentioned many many times, it is my ambition to be a conductor, as well as composer...

So... here is my concert (hopefully one day) with the Orchestra of the Junior Royal Academy of Music. (An orchestra I would so love to work with as so many of my friends are in it and I love watching their rehearsals)

Ravel Rhapsodie Espagnol
Prokofiev Violin Concerto no.1 Laure Chan, violin. (she recently performed the Saint Saens VC 3 with the orchestra, which was unbelievable. I am so happy to know her, and actually share classes with her, such an amazing, beautiful performer! :) )
Bernstein Symphonic Dances

:D
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on April 24, 2012, 07:14:44 AM
This may well be obvious, but: If I could conduct for one night, it would be an all-Henning program.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Lethevich on April 24, 2012, 08:08:34 AM
Debussy - Trois Nocturnes
Vaughan Williams - Flos Campi
interval
Schnittke - Symphony No.4
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on April 24, 2012, 08:21:18 AM
Demanding night for the chorus!  But a lovely program.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Scion7 on April 24, 2012, 09:17:34 AM
This may well be obvious, but: If I could conduct for one night, it would be an all-Henning program.

Would you be a tyrant conductor?
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on April 24, 2012, 09:33:05 AM
Have never been a tyrant yet. I expect I have no talent for tyranny.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on April 24, 2012, 05:26:41 PM
The Essence of America - A six-part series featuring myself conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

-Series 5-

Adams: The Dharma at Big Sur (electric violin: Tracy Silverman)
Reich: Music for Large Ensemble

-Intermission-

Harrison: Symphony No. 3

Encore:

Adams: Two Fanfares for Orchestra: Tromba Lontana - Short Ride In A Fast Machine
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Brian on April 24, 2012, 06:30:29 PM
Politely drawing inspiration from John:
America Strings!

Barbara Harbach | Demarest Suite (12')
Philip Glass | Symphony No 3 (24')
-INTERVAL-
Samuel Barber | Adagio (8')
William Schuman | Symphony for Strings (17')
Aaron Jay Kernis | Musica celestis, ii. adagio, for string orchestra (12')

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on April 24, 2012, 07:37:50 PM
Politely drawing inspiration from John:

Nothing wrong with that! ;) :D
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: TheGSMoeller on April 25, 2012, 01:37:09 PM
This may well be obvious, but: If I could conduct for one night, it would be an all-Henning program.

I imagine a "Being John Malkovich"-esque album cover for this wonderful evening with an entire choir of Karl Hennings, with Karl conducting and another Karl and his clarinet seated in front.  ;D

And of course filled with great music...get to it Karl! (at least have a show Atlanta)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on April 26, 2012, 06:59:53 PM
The Essence of America - A six-part series featuring myself conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

-Series 6-

Bernstein:: Facsimile
Schuman: Judith

-Intermission-

Copland: Appalachian Spring

Encore:

Barber: Medea's Dance of Vengeance
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on April 27, 2012, 05:05:22 AM
There had better be some Henningmusick in your Essential America series, buddy, or you lose all credibility ; )
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Lethevich on April 27, 2012, 05:09:10 AM
Havergal Brian
Symphony No.1 'Gothic'

- Encore

Johann Strauss II
Kaiser-Walzer
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on April 27, 2012, 11:45:08 AM
There had better be some Henningmusick in your Essential America series, buddy, or you lose all credibility ; )

If I do a concert of Contemporary American composers, you will be included, Karl. But you will receive a commission from me to do a large orchestral work.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: TheGSMoeller on April 27, 2012, 01:12:28 PM
All Berlioz:

Berlioz: Overture-Benvenuto Cellini
Berlioz: Harold en Italie (viola)Antoine Tamestit

-intermission-

Berlioz: Overture-Le carnaval romain
Berlioz: La mort de Cléopâtre (soprano)Susan Graham
Berlioz: Overture-Rob Roy

-encore-

Berlioz: Rakoczy March - La damnation de Faust
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Chaszz on April 27, 2012, 04:03:06 PM
Tristan und Isolde, with Callas and Windgassen. Yes, I know Windgassen is not considered a real heldentenor, but who wound up singing on two of the century's greatest Wagner recordings, Bohm's incandescent live Bayreuth Tristan and Solti's landmark Ring? What Wolfgang lacks in power he makes up for in psychological depth and feeling. As for Callas, no other singer of any era or gender is even in her general territory as an actress or actor, case closed. The orchestra would be the Met's current one.

For second choice, no live performance or recording I've ever heard gets the climax of the cadenza in the first movement of Bach's 5th Brandenburg Concerto right. I would need a relatively inexperienced harpsichordist without preconceptions whom I could mold to play it the way it deserves to be played.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on November 04, 2012, 09:58:37 PM
Russian Thoroughfare:

Glazunov: From The Middle Ages
Lyadov: Eight Russian Folksongs
Mussorgsky: Night On Bald Mountain
Mussorgsky: Joshua

-Interval-

Stravinsky: Petrouchka (complete ballet - 1911 version)

Myself conducting the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus





Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: springrite on November 06, 2012, 07:29:37 AM
All Carter program:

Cello Concerto (with Sherry)
Encore: Cello Sonata

Double Concerto
Encore: Night Fantasie

Forget about the conductor, people will show up for the encores.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: techniquest on November 06, 2012, 02:52:47 PM
Back by popular demand (though clearly not from anyone on this forum!  :P ), and moving on from last years controversial Mahler 4 and February's noisy and rather expensive OTT ultra-concert, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and me present the following:

Petrov - Poem for Those who Died in The Siege of Leningrad
Gerhard - Concerto for Orchestra

Interval

Jon Lord - Concerto for Group and Orchestra, featuring guest musicians: Steve Hackett (electric guitar), Chris Squire (bass guitar), Carl Palmer (drums), Rick Wakeman (keyboards); George Michael (vocals)

(Encore - Squire - 'Hold Out Your Hand' )
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on November 06, 2012, 05:03:38 PM
Transfigured Nights: A Second Viennese School Orchestral Series with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by myself

This five night series will feature music not only from Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern, but of many composers who followed them -

Series #1 -

Webern: Passacaglia
Dallapiccola: Frammenti Sinfonici

-Interval-

Schoenberg: Violin Concerto (Soloist: Anne-Sophie Mutter)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Lisztianwagner on November 07, 2012, 01:24:07 AM
A Debussy/Ravel programme:

Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker

Claude Debussy
Trois Nocturnes
La Mer

Interval

Maurice Ravel
Daphnis et Chloé
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: springrite on November 07, 2012, 02:37:07 AM
A Debussy/Ravel programme:

Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker

Claude Debussy
Trois Nocturnes
La Mer

Interval

Maurice Ravel
Daphnis et Chloé

I like the length of this program.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: North Star on November 07, 2012, 06:13:21 AM
I like the length of this program.

Ilaria's next concert will feature the whole Der Ring des Nibelungen  ;D
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: springrite on November 07, 2012, 06:26:09 AM
Ilaria's next concert will feature the whole Der Ring des Nibelungen  ;D

Iliaria may have the record until James decide to attempt Licht.  ;D
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Lisztianwagner on November 07, 2012, 08:20:47 AM
Ilaria's next concert will feature the whole Der Ring des Nibelungen  ;D
Iliaria may have the record until James decide to attempt Licht.  ;D

Haha, great idea! ;D
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Brian on November 07, 2012, 11:02:15 AM
Russian Thoroughfare:

Glazunov: From The Middle Ages
Lyadov: Eight Russian Folksongs
Mussorgsky: Night On Bald Mountain
Mussorgsky: Joshua

-Interval-

Stravinsky: Petrouchka (complete ballet - 1911 version)

Myself conducting the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
I would fly to London to see this. Provided you're a decent conductor.  :D
EDIT: Also provided the Night on Bald Mountain is the original, not the Rimsky.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on November 07, 2012, 11:19:48 AM
I would fly to London to see this. Provided you're a decent conductor.  :D
EDIT: Also provided the Night on Bald Mountain is the original, not the Rimsky.

Lol...thanks, Brian. Yes, the Night on Bald Mountain being performed will be the original orchestration, which, I too, have always preferred. No offense to Rimsky, but Mussorgsky's orchestration is rawer and edgier.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: listener on November 07, 2012, 12:27:47 PM
MI: You might consider replacing one of the first half items with BALAKIREV's  Overture on Three Russian Themes which incorporates the folk tune in the carvival scene of Petrouchka to sort of "book-end" the night.

mine - 1st set:  WAGNER: Polonia Overture IVES: Symphony no. 3, BERG: Violin Concerto,
MENDELSSOHN: Symphony no. 5 "Reformation"
If invited back:  RUGGLES: Sun-Treader   BUSONI: Violin Concerto   SIBELIUS: Symphony no. 4
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on November 07, 2012, 12:34:28 PM
MI: You might consider replacing one of the first half items with BALAKIREV's  Overture on Three Russian Themes which incorporates the folk tune in the carvival scene of Petrouchka to sort of "book-end" the night.

Yes, that will be my encore! Sounds great. :)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: relm1 on November 12, 2012, 12:57:59 AM
For me, my program would consist of the following:

Havergal Brian: Prometheus Unbound (The genie who allowed this scenario in the first place would also need to track down the missing full score)

-intermission-

Scriabin:mysterium (Preferably the completed version that Scriabin never lived to complete)

Venue would be at the base of the Himalayas and the performing roster would include the London symphony  Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Royal concertgebouw orchestra plus chorus.

Yes, yes...I know I've lost my mind.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on January 06, 2013, 09:30:09 PM
An All-Elgar night!

Cockaigne Overture
The Spirit of England

-Interval-

Violin Concerto

Encore:

In the South

Myself conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus with special guests: Barbara Bonney (The Spirit of England) and Tasmin Little (Violin Concerto)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: kyjo on August 18, 2013, 09:41:12 AM
BUMP!

All-Scandinavian Night:

Carl Nielsen: Overture An Imaginary Trip to the Faroe Islands
Joonas Kokkonen: Cello Concerto (Truls Mørk, cello)

*intermission*

Kurt Atterberg: Symphony no. 3 in D major West Coast Pictures
Encore: Geirr Tveitt: A Hundred Hardanger Tunes: Suite no. 2

Myself conducting the Gothenburg SO
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on August 18, 2013, 09:42:35 AM
BUMP!

All-Scandinavian Night:

Carl Nielsen: Overture An Imaginary Trip to the Faroe Islands
Joonas Kokkonen: Cello Concerto (Truls Mørk, cello)

*intermission*

Kurt Atterberg: Symphony no. 3 in D major West Coast Pictures
Encore: Geirr Tveitt: A Hundred Hardanger Tunes: Suite no. 2

Myself conducting the Gothenburg SO

That would be an exceptional program, Kyle. I would definitely book tickets for this concert. :)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Beorn on August 18, 2013, 09:44:00 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?

Beethoven 9, Brahms 4 - Minnesota Orchestra
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: kyjo on August 18, 2013, 09:47:21 AM
That would be an exceptional program, Kyle. I would definitely book tickets for this concert. :)

I'd have to brush up on my conducting skills, then! ;)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: kyjo on August 18, 2013, 10:36:59 AM
All-French Night!

Florent Schmitt: La Tragédie de Salomé: Symphonic Suite
Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major (Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano)

*intermission*

Albéric Magnard: Symphony no. 3 in B-flat minor
Encore: Jacques Ibert: Bacchanale

Myself conducting the Orchestre de Paris
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: vandermolen on August 19, 2013, 07:11:36 AM
Lilburn: Aotearoa Overture

Kabalevsky: Cello Concerto No. 2

Shostakovich: Symphony 11 'The Year 1905'

Allowing me to engage in maximum Leonard Bernstein type choreographed gymnastic conducting.

Orchestra: Royal Scots National Orchestra.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: kyjo on August 19, 2013, 07:40:30 AM
Lilburn: Aotearoa Overture

Kabalevsky: Cello Concerto No. 2

Shostakovich: Symphony 11 'The Year 1905'

Allowing me to engage in maximum Leonard Bernstein type choreographed gymnastic conducting.

Orchestra: Royal Scots National Orchestra.

Excellent program there, Jeffrey! Who would the cellist be in the Kabalevsky, by any chance?
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on August 19, 2013, 08:10:56 AM
(http://www.wallpaperup.com/uploads/wallpapers/2013/05/04/82565/c28699cef64173bf4d440b0ca6403e38.jpg)

Musical Anarchy Concert Series

Ives: Three Pieces in New England
Varese: Arcana
Mosolov: The Iron Foundry

-Interval-

Schnittke: Symphony No. 1

Myself conducting the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: ibanezmonster on August 19, 2013, 08:20:11 AM
The alternate version to that would be an "Anarchy in the UK" concert, with someone conducting the London Philharmonic.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: vandermolen on August 19, 2013, 10:02:50 AM
Excellent program there, Jeffrey! Who would the cellist be in the Kabalevsky, by any chance?

Without doubt Daniel Shafran. His LP version, conducted by Kabalevsky made me realise that there was more to Kabalevsky. With me conducting the USSR Symphony Orchestra the performance would be unforgettable. 8)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on August 19, 2013, 10:09:57 AM
The alternate version to that would be an "Anarchy in the UK" concert, with someone conducting the London Philharmonic.

I'd rather hear the Philharmonia Orchestra personally.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: kyjo on August 19, 2013, 10:19:43 AM
Without doubt Daniel Shafran. His LP version, conducted by Kabalevsky made me realise that there was more to Kabalevsky. With me conducting the USSR Symphony Orchestra the performance would be unforgettable. 8)

Shafran was a great cellist, without a doubt. Thanks for pointing his performance of the Kabalevsky out to me! It looks like it has been reissued on this CD:

(http://cdn.7static.com/static/img/sleeveart/00/005/090/0000509060_500.jpg)

Oh boy! Another one for the want list! ::) :D
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on August 19, 2013, 10:33:06 AM
(http://www.wallpaperup.com/uploads/wallpapers/2013/05/04/82565/c28699cef64173bf4d440b0ca6403e38.jpg)

Musical Anarchy Concert Series

Bartok: The Miraculous Mandarin (complete ballet)
Ginastera: Popol Vuh

-Interval-

Hartmann: Symphony No. 6

Myself again conducting the Royal Concertgebouw.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Sergeant Rock on August 19, 2013, 10:35:00 AM
(http://www.wallpaperup.com/uploads/wallpapers/2013/05/04/82565/c28699cef64173bf4d440b0ca6403e38.jpg)

Musical Anarchy Concert Series

Bartok: The Miraculous Mandarin (complete ballet)
Ginastera: Popol Vuh

-Interval-

Hartmann: Symphony No. 6

Myself again conducting the Royal Concertgebouw.

Dude!...you've had far more than one night. Give someone else the stick  :D

Sarge
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: kyjo on August 19, 2013, 10:35:37 AM
(http://www.wallpaperup.com/uploads/wallpapers/2013/05/04/82565/c28699cef64173bf4d440b0ca6403e38.jpg)

Musical Anarchy Concert Series

Bartok: The Miraculous Mandarin (complete ballet)
Ginastera: Popol Vuh

-Interval-

Hartmann: Symphony No. 6

Myself again conducting the Royal Concertgebouw.

Those are three of the most thrilling pieces of music ever written! And all in the same concert! Whew! :D
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on August 19, 2013, 10:36:05 AM
Dude!...you've had far more than one night. Give someone else the stick  :D

Sarge

 :P Okay, your turn, Sarge!
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on August 19, 2013, 10:38:06 AM
Those are three of the most thrilling pieces of music ever written! And all in the same concert! Whew! :D

Haha! Yes, these concerts will be absolutely scorching! I doubt there will many in attendance, but those that will be there will remember as the best concert they ever attended. ;) :D
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Sergeant Rock on August 19, 2013, 10:56:53 AM
:P Okay, your turn, Sarge!

I can't improve on my my first concert, to wit:


My fantasy concert will be with my local band, the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and take place in Mannheim's Rosengarten.

We will start with

Suppé Light Cavalry Overture

because I'm an old cavalry trooper and because I've never heard the work live. Then we'll play

Mozart Sinfonia Concertante E flat K.364

The soloists will be Mutter and that gorgeous Blonde in the viola section that I've had my eye on for years. I figure giving her the spotlight will not only be rewarding for her but for me  ;D

During the Pause Mutter, the Blonde and I will celebrate our stunningly successful performance privately in my dressing room, and then it's on to

Hans Rott Symphony in E major

I will use my supreme authority as conductor to give the triangle player several coffee breaks during the performance at a café across the street from the Rosengarten. He will be allowed to play three or four times, but no more than three seconds per time, up until the finale's peroration, at which point I'll finally let him loose to wreck havoc on our ears and nerves...just as Rott intended  8)

Sarge
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: mc ukrneal on August 19, 2013, 11:18:11 AM
Hans Rott Symphony in E major

I will use my supreme authority as conductor to give the triangle player several coffee breaks during the performance at a café across the street from the Rosengarten. He will be allowed to play three or four times, but no more than three seconds per time, up until the finale's peroration, at which point I'll finally let him loose to wreck havoc on our ears and nerves...just as Rott intended  8)

Sarge

After all the coffee you are shoveling down his throat, he won't be able to help himself (or herself). :)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: kyjo on August 19, 2013, 11:18:28 AM
Oh, Sarge, you crack me up! ;D :D

Continuing on, breaking the rules of this thread along with John:

All-Czech Night!

Miloslav Kabeláč: Passacaglia The Mystery of Time
Bohuslav Martinů: Piano Concerto no. 4 Incantations (Radoslav Kvapil, piano)

*intermission*

Josef Suk: Symphony in C minor Asrael
Encore: Vítězslav Novák: Overture Lady Godiva

Myself conducting the Czech PO
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on August 19, 2013, 11:22:50 AM
Oh, Sarge, you crack me up! ;D :D

Continuing on, breaking the rules of this thread along with John:

All-Czech Night!

Miloslav Kabeláč: Passacaglia The Mystery of Time
Bohuslav Martinů: Piano Concerto no. 4 Incantations (Radoslav Kvapil, piano)

*intermission*

Josef Suk: Symphony in C minor Asrael
Encore: Vítězslav Novák: Overture Lady Godiva

Myself conducting the Czech PO

Excellent concert, Kyle. I'd love to see that. I love that Kabelac work. Suk's Asrael is one those works that I haven't quite appreciated yet. The Marttinu and Novak are, of course, fine works.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Brian on August 19, 2013, 11:23:23 AM
I'd rather hear the Philharmonia Orchestra personally.
I've seen 'em both live. Depends on the music but overall I enjoyed the LPO a little more on average.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on August 19, 2013, 11:24:11 AM
Yeah, Sarge, you are crazy but you get a good laugh. :laugh:
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on August 19, 2013, 11:34:16 AM
(http://www.wallpaperup.com/uploads/wallpapers/2013/05/04/82565/c28699cef64173bf4d440b0ca6403e38.jpg)

Musical Anarchy Concert Series

Tishchenko: Yaroslavna (complete ballet)

-Interval-

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 2

Again, myself conducting the Royal Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Radio Chorus (in Tishchenko's Yaroslavna)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: DavidW on August 19, 2013, 12:26:07 PM
I like your concerts Kyjo, I would attend. :)

I would go with:

Dvorak's Carnival Overture
Schubert's 8th Symphony

Intermission

Brahms Double Concerto
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: dyn on August 19, 2013, 12:52:06 PM
i've devoted a good deal more thought to what i would play as a soloist really.

With an orchestra, top of the list is still Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25 or maybe Bartók Piano Concerto No. 1 depending on mood.

For solo recitals, we have three categories

Somewhat unrealistic
Schumann - Impromptus on a theme of Clara Wieck, Op. 5 (original version)
Webern - Variations
Messiaen - Selected Preludes
Copland - Piano Fantasy

Very unrealistic
Xenakis - Mists
Berio - Sonata
Beethoven - Sonata Op. 106

Extremely unrealistic
Ligeti - Etudes (complete)
or
Feldman - Triadic Memories
or
Finnissy - A History of Photography in Sound (complete) (no intermissions)
or
Zombie Xenakis and Zombie Nono - Two new 45-minute works commissioned especially for me

i don't even have a piano right now, lol. well, a girl can dream

as for conducting, i don't really know. there are things that have always intrigued me (like Radulescu's piece for 9 orchestras and Kagel's Musik für Renaissance-Instrumente) but i don't have very strongly defined preferences regarding orchestras or halls or whatever.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: North Star on August 19, 2013, 01:38:21 PM
Russian program:
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/73/Repin_Cossacks.jpg)
Mussorgsky St John's Night on the Bare Mountain
Shostakovich Symphony No. 14
----------------------
Mussorgsky Khovanshchina: Dawn over the River Moscow & Dance of the Persian Slave Girls
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2
And the pianist would of course play Scriabin's Vers la flamme as the encore.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on August 19, 2013, 05:40:26 PM
Maximal Minimalists Series I

Reich: Music for 18 Musicians

-Interval-

Adams: Harmonielehre

Myself conducting the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: vandermolen on August 20, 2013, 07:48:27 AM
Oh, Sarge, you crack me up! ;D :D

Continuing on, breaking the rules of this thread along with John:

All-Czech Night!

Miloslav Kabeláč: Passacaglia The Mystery of Time
Bohuslav Martinů: Piano Concerto no. 4 Incantations (Radoslav Kvapil, piano)

*intermission*

Josef Suk: Symphony in C minor Asrael
Encore: Vítězslav Novák: Overture Lady Godiva

Myself conducting the Czech PO

Super concert! I'm definitely coming to this one. The Kabelac is a masterpiece.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: kyjo on August 20, 2013, 07:53:52 AM
Super concert! I'm definitely coming to this one. The Kabelac is a masterpiece.

I agree about the Kabelac. I love the way it just keeps building in intensity. That violin solo towards the end is so haunting. :)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 20, 2013, 08:00:12 AM
If I could conduct for one night . . . I suppose it would be from Chicago to New Orleans
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: vandermolen on August 20, 2013, 08:02:07 AM
Shafran was a great cellist, without a doubt. Thanks for pointing his performance of the Kabalevsky out to me! It looks like it has been reissued on this CD:

(http://cdn.7static.com/static/img/sleeveart/00/005/090/0000509060_500.jpg)

Oh boy! Another one for the want list! ::) :D

Oh yes, I have that CD.

By the way, my initial concert was such a Roman Triumph that I have been invited back to conduct.

My second concert has a British Theme.  Here is the programme:

Pre-concert talk:

Vandermolen discusses his life on the international concert circuit, coping with international fame and celebrity and offers advice on how to smuggle CDs past your wife.

Part1

Stanley Bate: Symphony 3

E J Moeran: Cello Concerto

Interval (Vandermolen signs autographs for a small fee)

Part 2

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 6 in E minor

Encore: Elgar: Sospiri

Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra


Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: vandermolen on August 20, 2013, 08:06:31 AM
I agree about the Kabelac. I love the way it just keeps building in intensity. That violin solo towards the end is so haunting. :)

Also, I find it very moving when it begins to lose momentum shortly before the end - super work, which I discovered thanks to this forum.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: North Star on August 20, 2013, 08:12:20 AM
If I could conduct for one night . . . I suppose it would be from Chicago to New Orleans
But where would you stop?
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: TheGSMoeller on August 20, 2013, 08:13:00 AM
Maximal Minimalists Series I

Reich: Music for 18 Musicians

-Interval-

Adams: Harmonielehre

Myself conducting the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Great pieces, but conducting Reich's Music for 18 has to be a boring task. After about Section III, "Alright, you all got this?" - conductor walks off stage.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: kyjo on August 20, 2013, 09:28:56 AM
It's Low Countries night!

Adolphe Biarent: Symphonic Poem Trenmor
Rudolf Escher: Musique pour l’esprit en deuil

*intermission*

Leon Orthel: Symphony no. 3
Joseph Jongen: Symphonie Concertante for organ and orchestra (Michael Murray, organ)

Myself conducting the Concertgebouw
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on August 20, 2013, 09:46:33 AM
Great pieces, but conducting Reich's Music for 18 has to be a boring task. After about Section III, "Alright, you all got this?" - conductor walks off stage.

Good point. I would simply play one of the piano parts here. :) This work doesn't need a conductor just a sympathetic ensemble that's on the same page.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on August 20, 2013, 09:55:20 AM
Generation of 1880 Series

Respighi: Three Botticelli Pictures
Malipiero: Violin Concerto No. 1 (Soloist: Frank Peter Zimmermann)

-Interval-

Casella: Sinfonia (Symphony No. 3)

Myself conducting the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: kyjo on August 20, 2013, 10:50:18 AM
Generation of 1880 Series

Respighi: Three Botticelli Pictures
Malipiero: Violin Concerto No. 1 (Soloist: Frank Peter Zimmermann)

-Interval-

Casella: Sinfonia (Symphony No. 3)

Myself conducting the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

That's an excellent program idea, John. I especially love the Casella, which is among the most powerful works of the 20th century, I daresay, as well as being the most powerful work by an Italian composer I have ever heard! I would be chomping at the bit even more to attend this concert had you programmed Respighi's Church Windows or Pines of Rome instead of the Three Botticelli Pictures. :) Will your next concert include some Pizzetti, by any chance?
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on August 20, 2013, 10:56:53 AM
That's an excellent program idea, John. I especially love the Casella, which is among the most powerful works of the 20th century, I daresay, as well as being the most powerful work by an Italian composer I have ever heard! I would be chomping at the bit even more to attend this concert had you programmed Respighi's Church Windows or Pines of Rome instead of the Three Botticelli Pictures. :) Will your next concert include some Pizzetti, by any chance?

Yes, I love Church Windows a lot as well, but I wanted to start the program out with something a bit more on the lighter side before getting into the heavier works. Not only that I just love wallowing in the beauty of Three Botticelli Pictures. Yes, I agree with you about the Casella work (my favorite performance is still Alun Francis/Cologne RSO). It's certainly in a league of its' own. Yes, I'll have to include some Pizzetti on the next program as I enjoy his music a good deal.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Gurn Blanston on August 20, 2013, 11:26:35 AM
I thought you only got one night!?!  Man, we better eat dinner early. 0:)

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Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: vandermolen on August 20, 2013, 11:28:32 AM
Generation of 1880 Series

Respighi: Three Botticelli Pictures
Malipiero: Violin Concerto No. 1 (Soloist: Frank Peter Zimmermann)

-Interval-

Casella: Sinfonia (Symphony No. 3)

Myself conducting the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Yes, great concert, although I would also have liked 'Church Windows'.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: springrite on August 20, 2013, 11:28:44 AM
Great pieces, but conducting Reich's Music for 18 has to be a boring task. After about Section III, "Alright, you all got this?" - conductor walks off stage.

Well, it is Music for 10 Musicians, NOT 19! Hey, you there! #19! F*ck off!
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: vandermolen on August 20, 2013, 11:29:53 AM
Concertgebouw Orchestra

Brahms: Tragic Overture
Magnard: Chant funèbre

Interval

Brian: Third Symphony

I love the Chant Funebre
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: kyjo on August 20, 2013, 12:03:02 PM
I love the Chant Funebre

Me too, Jeffrey. It's a shame this Timpani disc, which contains the only recording of this stunning work, is out of print:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41zUtucoglL._SX300_.jpg)

The other works on this disc (in particular Hymne a Venus) are also magnificent works.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: kyjo on August 20, 2013, 12:07:38 PM
Yes, I love Church Windows a lot as well, but I wanted to start the program out with something a bit more on the lighter side before getting into the heavier works. Not only that I just love wallowing in the beauty of Three Botticelli Pictures. Yes, I agree with you about the Casella work (my favorite performance is still Alun Francis/Cologne RSO). It's certainly in a league of its' own. Yes, I'll have to include some Pizzetti on the next program as I enjoy his music a good deal.

I wouldn't really consider the Malipiero a "heavy" work, even in comparison to Respighi's Three Botticelli Pictures. Nice Henze avatar, by the way. I couldn't help but notice you had Maconchy up there for only a couple minutes; I guess you didn't want people thinking you are a woman! :D (Forgive me if that is not the reason.)
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on August 20, 2013, 12:10:07 PM
I wouldn't really consider the Malipiero a "heavy" work, even in comparison to Respighi's Three Botticelli Pictures. Nice Henze avatar, by the way. I couldn't help but notice you had Maconchy up there for only a couple minutes; I guess you didn't want people thinking you are a woman! :D (Forgive me if that is not the reason.)

No, I suppose not. The Schnittke avatar is about to go back up by the way. I think it's too early for Henze as I barely know any of his music and the same applies to Maconchy.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: vandermolen on August 20, 2013, 01:51:30 PM
Me too, Jeffrey. It's a shame this Timpani disc, which contains the only recording of this stunning work, is out of print:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41zUtucoglL._SX300_.jpg)

The other works on this disc (in particular Hymne a Venus) are also magnificent works.

Kyle, I have it on an EMI box set of Magnard's symphonies (Plasson).
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: kyjo on August 20, 2013, 02:00:47 PM
Kyle, I have it on an EMI box set of Magnard's symphonies (Plasson).

I'd forgotten about Plasson's recording somehow. :-[ Plasson's recordings of the symphonies can't hold a candle to Ossonce, Sanderling or Ansermet (in no. 3) IMO. BTW your inbox is full, Jeffrey. I've sent you a PM.
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: Mirror Image on August 20, 2013, 03:26:20 PM
(http://www.wallpaperup.com/uploads/wallpapers/2013/05/04/82565/c28699cef64173bf4d440b0ca6403e38.jpg)

Musical Anarchy Concert Series

Ligeti: Melodien
Ades: Asyla

-Interval-

Sculthorpe: Sun Music I-IV
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: jochanaan on August 20, 2013, 05:49:00 PM
Very good question! Mine would be quite a long concert :)

Berliner Philharmoniker

Wagner: Prelude from "Tristan und Isolde"
Beethoven: Symphony No.9

Interval

Liszt: Orpheus, symphonic poem No.4
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Interval

Mahler: Symphony No.6
Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie

Ilaria
You'd lose the orchestra at the bottom of the Ninth!!! ??? :-[ :P
Title: Re: If you could conduct for one night
Post by: vandermolen on August 20, 2013, 10:59:12 PM
I'd forgotten about Plasson's recording somehow. :-[ Plasson's recordings of the symphonies can't hold a candle to Ossonce, Sanderling or Ansermet (in no. 3) IMO. BTW your inbox is full, Jeffrey. I've sent you a PM.

I have cleared some space now Kyle.