Started by Siedler, April 17, 2007, 01:38:13 PM
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Quote from: bhodges on April 17, 2007, 01:48:42 PMGenerally I'm in the "higher is better" camp. Certainly at Carnegie Hall, the sound is generally better higher up (and yes, not under any overhangs). For an orchestral concert, I also like sitting where I can see all the musicians, not just the first row of those closest to the front. (You miss out on all the great percussion action that way!)But that said, sometimes I do enjoy sitting downstairs, on the main floor level, such as at the Met. There is nothing like seeing the Met's huge stage stretching across your field of vision, when it's a great production with a great cast. The last things I saw downstairs were Jenufa and Eugene Onegin and I was enthralled. That said, I did see both of the upstairs as well, to get the benefit of the better sound. Then you have places designed recently like Walt Disney Concert Hall, where the sound is pretty much great anywhere in the house (at least, in the spots I've sat in). But it is also a different layout, a so-called "vineyard" design, in which the stage is closer to the middle of the room, with seats on all sides.--Bruce
Quote from: Sergeant Rock on April 17, 2007, 01:50:50 PMEdit: When Hélène Grimaud is playing, I like to sit at her feet
Quote from: Sergeant Rock on April 17, 2007, 01:50:50 PMI like first row middle balcony; Mrs. Rock likes first row floor.
Quote from: O Mensch on April 17, 2007, 02:33:49 PMShe's coming to Chicago this weekend. Schumann PC with Boreyko. Should I go? Her type of pianism isn't really my cup of tea. I heard her do Bach and Brahms in a recital and found it too chiseled.
Quote from: Sergeant Rock on April 17, 2007, 03:02:17 PMI love her recording of the Concerto (with Salonen and Dresden); it's both powerful and bracing but affecting too when called for. I thought I was through with this warhorse forever but she renewed my enthusiam in a way that neither Arrau nor Kovacevich had (I'd bought both a few weeks before Grimaud).
Quote from: Sergeant Rock on April 17, 2007, 03:02:17 PMHer reading feels as passionate as Schumann must have felt writing it. She has a real affintiy for the German Romantics, including Brahms (and most critics seem to agree with me). I think I know what you mean by "chiseled" and to me that's a good thing...in Brahms and Bach anyway.
Quote from: Sergeant Rock on April 17, 2007, 03:02:17 PMWhat else is on the program?
Quote from: O Mensch on April 17, 2007, 03:08:38 PMHave you heard Barenboim with Celi/MPO?
Quote from: O Mensch on April 17, 2007, 03:08:38 PMSome Mozart, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky. Nothing really that makes me wanna plunk down money for it. I've gone to some performance nearly every weekend for the past two months, so I don't really feel the urgency to go.
Quote from: Sergeant Rock on April 17, 2007, 03:15:51 PMNo, I haven't. Is it part of the EMI edition? I can't find it at JPC. Do you have a source for it?
Quote from: Steve on April 18, 2007, 02:52:36 PMAt lyric, I generally prefer main floor, but at the CSO, I am more inclined to sit in the first balcony.
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