Started by Todd, January 14, 2023, 06:20:45 AM
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Quote from: Brian on January 17, 2023, 09:57:10 AMYou started this thread the morning after I unfortunately had a disappointing live experience with the Grieg concerto. Dallas Symphony with Paul Lewis.Before the performance started, I told my girlfriend that Grieg's is probably my single favorite piano concerto. I consider it to be formally perfect: it starts with a real attention-getting bang, the first movement rightly builds to the solo cadenza as the climax of the structure, the slow movement is utterly gorgeous and the perfect length, and the finale is a romp that knows exactly when to end, too. Concise, exciting, beautiful, showy, fun.Unfortunately, Paul Lewis' vision of the piece matched some of his recorded work: too soft, too slow, too quick to mistake the profound and the lame. My girlfriend observed that several times, conductor Ryan Bancroft seemed to disagree with Lewis about tempi, Bancroft wanting to go faster. The first movement was a conventional tempo, but rhythmically soft. The slow movement stretched out to about 7:15. Thankfully, the finale did meet standards, but still with a certain excessive broadening out for the lovely secondary subject.This has understandably left me jonesing for a peppy, propulsive recording in the 26-27 minute range. Might put on Rubinstein 2 later today.While I'm boringly soapboxing: my first exposure to the Grieg concerto was when I went and bought my own CD of it. My parents didn't keep any Grieg in the house because Mom had somehow learned that he was a scary Modernist, like Berg or Webern. I still remember picking up the Naxos disc of the concerto (with Havard Gimse) and Symphonic Dances at our local Borders bookstore, going to the checkout line, and hearing Mom say, "You're buying GRIEG?!??!?! Are you SURE??"
Quote from: Jo498 on January 18, 2023, 03:20:02 AMI was barely born then and probably should not be that surprised that there were direct flights from New York to Tel Aviv in 1973 but I am even more surprised that there was inflight music back then. How did this work? A tape on repeat and then one plugged in personal headphones?
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