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Quote from: bhodges on May 08, 2007, 12:15:32 PMTonight:Mahler: Symphony No. 2The Philadelphia OrchestraChristoph Eschenbach, ConductorSimona Šaturová, Soprano Yvonne Naef, Mezzo-Soprano The Philadelphia Singers ChoraleDavid Hayes, Director--Bruce
Quote from: Bunny on May 08, 2007, 06:20:15 PMJust came home from this. Excellent, excellent, excellent, although I did miss the organ in the finale. I don't know if they have an electronic organ, but I sure do miss the old pipe organ they used to have. If the organ was playing, it didn't have the heft of a regular one. If there is an organ in Carnegie Hall I wish someone would let me know where they are keeping it. You used to be able to see the pipes in the back of the stage years ago, but now they are nowhere in evidence. I know at one time there was an electronic organ there that was similar to the one in the Riverside Church.Just to let everyone know, there was another standing ovation in Carnegie, and they deserved it. Eschenbach conducted without a score, which is the first time in a long time that I've seen a conductor do that for Mahler! More often for Mozart or Beethoven or any of the shorter symphonies. Tonight, unfortunately, I wanted to throw some mentos at some unknown individual (couldn't find the ricola at the bottom of my handbag), but my hubby prevented me from launching the missiles. Tragically, towards the end of the 1st movement, there was someone with a cellphone ringing a few rows behind us. Hopefully Bruce wasn't in the same part of the auditorium and it didn't bother him the way it did everyone in my section. It really was a mood breaker and afterwards there was coughing, throat clearing and the noise of people shifting in their seats. Luckily it was close to the end of the 1st movement, and everyone was able to settle down for the rest of the symphony. Btw, there was no intermission -- just a few minutes pause between the 1st and 2nd movements. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th movements flowed into each other seamlessly. The Urlicht was sung beautifully and the climax was as thrilling as I could wish.
Quote from: Cato on May 02, 2007, 11:56:01 AMBruckner's 8th Symphony in the Roman Catholic cathedral in Toledo, performed by the Toledo Symphony.Playing a Bruckner symphony there once a year has become a new tradition for the orchestra.And that's in Buckeye Land, dudes, not that other town in Old Europe!
Quote from: bhodges on May 09, 2007, 06:36:59 AMLovely write-up, Bunny! I totally agree, first with missing the organ a bit. Carnegie must be one of the few of the world's great halls that is missing an organ, and in pieces like this one, it's a bit of a shame. You could hear the organ a bit, but it didn't have nearly the power that it should have had. But never mind! Everything else was utterly shattering. A favorite moment: in the final movement, the first huge percussion crescendo, with the snare drum louder...louder...and then even much louder than some in the hall probably expected. Eschenbach drew out this sequence to a rather insane length, but it was so thrilling I didn't care. The first entrance of the chorus -- one of my favorite moments in music, period -- was about as magical as it gets, and the two singers were excellent, especially the mezzo.Considering the very public problems between Eschenbach and the orchestra, this must have been a little bit of sweet validation for him. Certainly he and everyone onstage deserved the ovation.I did hear that cellphone, far away from my seat in the center balcony, but thankfully was able to forget about it soon after. What was marginally more bothersome for awhile upstairs was the sound of a truck backing up on 57th Street, outside, coming through an open door on the side. (Carnegie was built long before principles of total sound isolation found their way into concert hall design.) Anyway, a thoughtful patron stood up and v-e-r-y q-u-i-e-t-l-y closed it. I wish I could have thanked him for his little good deed for the day. --Bruce
Quote from: Michel on May 09, 2007, 09:24:59 AMGood lord, I forgot that the proms schedule is out. I have looked through and as usual too much popular crap that isn't worth it.
Quote from: Choo Choo on May 03, 2007, 01:42:56 PMJust been going through the programme for this year's BBC Proms. (I actually have a small dollop of cash this year so thought I might splurge a bit.)Not much that appealed to me in the first month - but around the middle of August it suddenly steps up a notch, and in rapid succession we get: Haitink / Concertgebouw in Bruckner (#8) Barenboim / VPO in Bruckner (#4) / Schubert / Ligeti / Bartok Abbado / Lucerne Festival Orch in Mahler (#3) Gergiev / LSO in Prokofiev Jansons / BRSO in Sibelius / Honegger / Beethoven Vanska / Lahti SO in Sibelius Tilson Thomas / SFSO in Shostakovich (#5) / Mahler (#7) Chailly / Gewandhaus in Brahms (#4) Levine / Boston SO in Carter / Bartok / Brahms Aimard playing LigetiAnd these are just the ones that immediately struck the eye. Plenty more good stuff too. Looks like that cash won't be around long...Anyone else up for any of this?
Quote from: Don Giovanni on May 09, 2007, 08:32:40 AMI'm looking forward to the Proms this year. We have access to a box so I'm going to try and go to as many as possible. I hope to see as much Mahler as I can. This year: symphonies 1, 3, 7, 9.Anyone else going to the Proms?
Quote from: stingo on May 09, 2007, 08:38:50 AMI'm quite jealous of Bruce and bunny who got to hear M2 - I really wanted to, but moved too late. As for recording, I hope they release it as a CD, but if they don't it will most likely appear as a downloadable file from the Philly Orchestra's website (in lossless FLAC!).
Quote from: Choo Choo on May 09, 2007, 01:18:08 AMI heard Eschenbach conduct Bruckner #8, and thought it one of the very worst I'd heard.
Quote from: bhodges on May 09, 2007, 07:26:19 AMTomorrow night, Aimard in (yet another) fascinating evening:Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piano Tamara Stefanovich, Piano Daniel Ciampolini, Percussion Joseph Gramley, Percussion PETER EÖTVÖS Kosmos for 2 Pianos GYÖRGY KURTÁG Selections from Játékok STEVE REICH Clapping Music LIGETI "Fém" from Études pour piano, No. 8 (adapted for piano and percussion) NANCARROW Studies for Player Piano Nos. 2 & 9 (arr. for two pianos) AIMARD (arr.) "Poème de chambre", after Ligeti's Poème symphonique for 100 Metronomes LIGETI "Fanfares" from Études pour piano, No. 4 (adapted for piano and percussion) BARTÓK Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion --Bruce
Quote from: Choo Choo on May 09, 2007, 01:18:08 AMInteresting. I heard Eschenbach conduct Bruckner #8, and thought it one of the very worst I'd heard. But his recent CD of Zemlinsky's Lyric Symphony is probably the best I've heard. So maybe he's just variable. Certainly the Philadelphians have been in rare form in recent years, if the downloads from their site are anything to go by.Glad you enjoyed the concert. A fine Resurrection is indeed an experience to savour. (My first was Tennstedt - still remember it.)
Quote from: Novitiate on May 09, 2007, 09:39:26 AMDG, how does a box work? Does it mean you have access to every performance?
Quote from: Novitiate on May 09, 2007, 09:39:26 AMThe Haitink Bruckner is definitely tasty, but the Mahler performances should be good too. Also the Vanska Sibelius. I saw him lead a very powerful Kullervo last year. We're getting Jansons and MTT up here in Edinburgh as well.
Quote from: stingo on May 09, 2007, 04:07:39 PMYes Eschenbach can indeed be variable - when he's on his A-game, there's very few that equal or surpass him. If he's not... well... let's just say the difference is very notable.
Quote from: bhodges on May 09, 2007, 07:26:19 AMTomorrow night, Aimard in (yet another) fascinating evening:Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piano Tamara Stefanovich, Piano Daniel Ciampolini, Percussion Joseph Gramley, Percussion PETER EÖTVÖS Kosmos for 2 Pianos GYÖRGY KURTÁG Selections from Játékok STEVE REICH Clapping Music LIGETI "Fém" from Études pour piano, No. 8 (adapted for piano and percussion) NANCARROW Studies for Player Piano Nos. 2 & 9 (arr. for two pianos) AIMARD (arr.) "Poème de chambre", after Ligeti's Poème symphonique for 100 Metronomes LIGETI "Fanfares" from Études pour piano, No. 4 (adapted for piano and percussion) BARTÓK Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion
Quote from: Bunny on May 09, 2007, 08:12:11 PMI guess perfection is sometimes an overrated commodity.
Quote from: Cato on May 09, 2007, 07:28:35 AMJust bought the ticket, paid for by my sons: early Father's Day present! Nice, well-behaved 20-somethings! 0:) 0:)GMG member Toledobass might be able to tell us how rehearsals are going!
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