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Re: Thread alerting us about upcoming important concerts?
Tyrone Slothrop #2810889 02/05/19 08:20 AM
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Would love to see you and all your friends there! I'll be the bloke playing the piano (I think it's a Boston 7 foot, or maybe bigger).

And this wonderful performance has now been posted over here!


Well worth watching!



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Originally Posted by jon-nyc
And how's this for an unusual concert, also in Zankel.

https://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2019/02/05/Leon-Fleisher-and-Friends-0730PM

Leon Fleischer's 90th birthday celebration. He'll do some solo stuff and some 4 hand stuff with some former students, including Jonathan Biss, Yefim Bronfman, Katherine Jacobson, and a 'surprise guest'.




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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop

Yes, I am watching/listening now.



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I got two tickets for Dudamel & Yuja Wang, La Phil, Walt Disney Concert Hall. Saturday March 9th. Should be exciting smile


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Originally Posted by bSharp(C)yclist
I got two tickets for Dudamel & Yuja Wang, La Phil, Walt Disney Concert Hall. Saturday March 9th. Should be exciting smile

How exciting for you! You will need to post your thoughts after the concert.



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People have asked me for my personal (and make no mistake, it *is* going to be very personal) review of the Ivo Pogorelich recital in Nuremberg last Sunday. So here goes!

I walked in when they opened the doors, and as I’d hoped, he was there at the piano playing, in baggy clothes, red socks (! lol) and a woolly hat. There were hardly any people inside at that time, so I sat down in the second block, not wanting to disturb him, and just watched and listened. He played a few shorter pieces and then a repeating phrase of what was plainly just freestyle practice, a sequence of fifths. I have to say, I enjoyed that immensely - I mean: How often do you witness a master practising?

When the room filled, he disappeared and then came back wearing the traditional tux (suit? I know the word in German, but how do you call the thing pianists wear?). I managed to grab a seat that was much better than the one I'd got a ticket for - 2nd row left, so he was only about 12 feet away and I had a perfect view of his right hand, and the left too at times. Yessssss!

Mozart was first, the Adagio b minor (K540). He played it extremely slowly, but not obnoxiously so. It was also highly unconventional, with liberal use of rubato and some forte that should have been piano according to the sheet music (which I know because I’m practising this thing right now!). The critics are going to roast him for it, and I don't think the traditionalists amongst ye here in the Pianist Corner would have liked it, either. But it made sense, it was a coherent, highly sensitive interpretation, and achingly beautiful.

Then the Liszt sonata b minor, oh my gods. The whole program was incredible, but this was definitely my highlight. It was ravishing, gorgeous, daring, tempestuous - and once again the slower parts were very slow. He has in the past played annoyingly slowly sometimes, but this was different. It was simply unhurried, deliberately savouring each note. If I've learned anything from him that evening, it's this: There's no hurry.

Then came the break and then Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes. I loved hearing the posthumous variations that I’d never heard from him before, and comparing the rest of them to his recording from the early 80s. Back then, some of them were played mostly as etudes - with focus on the virtuosity - but this time around, he played it with (even) more musical expression.

People obviously loved it, and yet nobody gave him standing ovations. „Why is nobody standing?“ I whispered to a couple in front of me. I got them to stand up with me, and he actually gave us a nod before he announced he was going to play a Liszt for an encore. Which I've been unable to identify, gaaaaah!! It's been driving me nuts all week.

All in all, he is definitely back at the top of his game. I had expected a lot, but he still blew my expectations out of the water. I just wish I could rewind to Sunday evening around 7pm and do it all over.

After all those years of not being to any live concerts or recitals, I had almost forgotten the magic of having him there in front of me, live, playing. No YouTube video could have prepared me for this! I was bowled over. He still does that to me, 31 years later grin And I guess he still is my favourite pianist (well, together with Kissin), among the many I adore and admire.

I'm so glad I went, even though it was hard to be on my own afterwards, when that was the time I'd usually have a drink with Eveline and happily dissect every note and talk for hours. But I was right, I couldn't have gone to this particular recital with anyone else. Vienna will be different next month smile

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P.S. He played the Mozart *without crossing over*!! No idea how he did that?!


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I am glad you had a fantastic time! Thank you for the detailed review.



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I also idolize some of Pogorelich's performances, and I am deeply happy for you that you got to witness him playing live! Especially given his personal importance to you and the significance of your return to hearing live music. Know that we are happy for you!

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Sara Daneshpour coming to a Steinway gallery in my town. I had not heard of her but her bio seems impressive, a her Gaspard de la Nuit seems pretty solid.

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A few upcoming highlights in the old world:

Evgeny Kissin in the Vienna Musikverein, Austria, 12. March (and guess who’s got a really good ticket?! *happydance*).

Yuja Wang and Birmingham Symphony in the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Germany, 14. May. Schumann Piano Concerto! Man, I wish I could be there.

In summer in Northern Germany, the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival promises to be amazing, with recitals by both Kissin playing Beethoven sonatas on 8. July (another one I’d probably kill and possibly die to get to) and Pogorelich on 27. August (I may just about get a few days off then).


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Originally Posted by Sibylle
A few upcoming highlights in the old world:

Evgeny Kissin in the Vienna Musikverein, Austria, 12. March (and guess who’s got a really good ticket?! *happydance*).

Yuja Wang and Birmingham Symphony in the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Germany, 14. May. Schumann Piano Concerto! Man, I wish I could be there.

In summer in Northern Germany, the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival promises to be amazing, with recitals by both Kissin playing Beethoven sonatas on 8. July (another one I’d probably kill and possibly die to get to) and Pogorelich on 27. August (I may just about get a few days off then).

Wow, they all sound like they will be amazing concerts. I sure wish I could attend.



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Sybille that sounds amazing!

I suppose I should review Martha Argerich in Berlin now! As if I need an excuse.

I saw her twice playing Prokofiev 3 with Daniel Barenboim conducting the Staatskapelle Berlin.

The first night was in the Staatsoper. I was in the tenth row. She walked out looking nervous and sat down at the piano. The first thing that hit me was the clarity. The way she was adding extra accents to some notes made the piano stand out from the orchestra, yet there was an amazing balance between the two. I heard wonderful things in Prokofiev's writing I had never heard before. Somehow, in spite of knowing the concerto for decades it was like hearing it for the first time. It made sense in a completely different way.

The second night was at the Philharmonie. I was in the front row on the right, and I thought my seat would be terrible, but at the first note she sounded so exciting I was giggling inside. I had a huge grin on my face. This sounded more like her recordings, but there was incredible fluidity in her sound, and her ability to make every note sound fresh was awe-inspiring. I felt this performance had more virtuoso sparkle than the first, which was all about tone colour for me. Two utterly amazing concerts.

I've been a huge fan of Martha Argerich for decades, and have lost count of the number of times I've heard this concerto played by great pianists, but this was something different entirely. I didn't realise how good she was. And this is woman is 77!

She and Daniel Barenboim played a Bizet duet as an encore, and it was so sweet. It was all the years melted away for these two childhood friends.

The opening piece was Schubert's Unfinished Symphony and sounded beautiful at the Staatsoper, but more brilliant and spacious at the Philharmonie. It's such an amazing venue. The second half was the Babylon Suite by Joerg Widmann. The scoring was amazing.

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Oh how jealous I am of the concerts you have lined up Sybille! I've never actually been to Vienna, so I'm planning to see someone in the Musikverein next year. I haven't decided on next year's pianist!

I still haven't seen Krystian Zimerman...

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Gods, that sounds amazing. Martha Argerich is one pianist I've never known to "lapse" or have a less brilliant phase in her entire life. She's just always been consistently outstanding. Thanks for the review!


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I saw Dudamel and Yuja Wang last night at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. It was a great show. We sat in the orchestra view section, where you sit behind the orchestra and get a straight view of the conductor. It was pretty interesting to watch his facial expressions during show. These seats are significantly cheaper than the front orchestra seats. I'd recommend trying them sometime. Actually, I think any seat in this concert hall would be good, except those way high up. We had binoculars and so I would zoom in to see Yuja's hand, or peek at the sheet music.

The first part was a composition called "Must the Devil Have All The Good Tunes", composed by John Adams. This week was the world premiere of that. Yuja played during that part, and then came out for an encore solo performance after that. I wish I knew what that piece was!

After the intermission, it was just the orchestra, no piano. They played Symphony No. 1 in D Major (Mahler). It was really nice!

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The encore was "China Gates", also written by John Adams a few years ago.



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The encore was "China Gates", also written by John Adams a few years ago.


And sounds like a wonderful concert. Thanks for the review!



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