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Postby GreatCarouser » Mon Oct 16, 2006 6:41 pm

Meanwhile...in the 'everything old is new again' department:
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Postby Serenity » Fri Oct 20, 2006 10:31 pm

Clink! I'll drink to that!
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Postby Catmando » Fri Oct 20, 2006 10:44 pm

Welcome aboard on the board, Serenity! :P
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Postby Catmando » Sun Oct 29, 2006 6:17 pm

Catmando wrote:Oct. 27th
Mozart: Eine Kleine Natchmusik
Mozart: Concert - Rondo in D major
Strauss: Burleske
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life)


This was a great evening of music! Eine Kleine Natchmusik is always a delight to hear in its entirety!

I was impressed with the Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life). This was a work I hadn't heard before. It was fantastic, very powerful music! 3 Thumbs up (if I had 3 :) )
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Postby GreatCarouser » Sun Oct 29, 2006 8:48 pm

I enjoy a lot of Strauss' (Richard) orchestral stuff. I went to hear 'Die Frau ohne Schatten' at the LA opera two years ago and was more impressed by the orchestral interludes than by the main scenes/songs. I prefer lush, melodic orchestrations and Strauss was certainly a master of those.
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Postby Catmando » Mon Dec 04, 2006 9:01 am

Dec. 2nd
Adams: The Chairman Dances
Adams: The Dharma at Big Sur
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 Eroica :D


This was a fantastic concert. I was very pleasantly surprised by both John Adams works. Excellent, both of them. I will request them on Beethoven.com in the next little while. I recommend checking them out! The Dharma at Big Sur had a solo electric violin, played by Tracy Silverman. It is a 6 stringed violin (2 lower strings). It's a wonderful sound!

What can I say about the Eroica, one of my all-time favorite symphonies? It was magnificent, especially the 2nd movement funeral march. The 1st movement was played at a slower tempo than what I'm normally used to, but it was still good.

Thursday night is Paganini and Liszt!
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Postby GreatCarouser » Mon Dec 04, 2006 11:57 am

Catmando wrote:Thursday night is Paganini and Liszt!


I hope you won't be disappointed....rumor has it both Paganini and Liszt are dead....
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Postby bignaf » Mon Dec 04, 2006 12:59 pm

GreatCarouser wrote:
Catmando wrote:Thursday night is Paganini and Liszt!


I hope you won't be disappointed....rumor has it both Paganini and Liszt are dead....


:rofl:
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Postby Catmando » Mon Dec 04, 2006 1:24 pm

GreatCarouser wrote:
Catmando wrote:Thursday night is Paganini and Liszt!


I hope you won't be disappointed....rumor has it both Paganini and Liszt are dead....


:( Time to get call and get my money back. :P
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Postby GreatCarouser » Mon Dec 04, 2006 6:05 pm

Catmando wrote:
GreatCarouser wrote:
Catmando wrote:Thursday night is Paganini and Liszt!


I hope you won't be disappointed....rumor has it both Paganini and Liszt are dead....


:( Time to get call and get my money back. :P


Do you know what the program will be and who the soloists are?
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Postby Catmando » Tue Dec 05, 2006 12:43 pm

December 7, 2006
Nikki Chooi, violin
Scott Meek, piano

Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No. 1
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1

Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1
Paganini: Moto prepetuo
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Postby Trumpetmaster » Tue Dec 05, 2006 1:53 pm

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Postby Catmando » Fri Dec 08, 2006 8:26 am

Catmando wrote:December 7, 2006
Nikki Chooi, violin
Scott Meek, piano

Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No. 1
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1

Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1


This concerto was good, just not "great". I enjoyed the Paganini Violin Concerto the best.

Although I could appreciate the great solo violin and piano in the Paganini and Liszt works respectively, you could tell that the orchestral portion in the concertos just isn't up to the same level as to Mozart's, Beethoven's, Brahms' orchestral calibre. That's IMHO.

I won't necessarily rush out to get it, but I would like to eventually have the Paganini' Violin Concerto in my collection.
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Postby shostakovich » Fri Dec 08, 2006 6:50 pm

This is not a recommendation, but a point of information. His second concerto includes the popular tune "La Campanella". Maybe Liszt's piano version (or an orchestration) of "La Campanella" would suffice.
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Postby Catmando » Fri Mar 02, 2007 8:34 am

Catmando wrote:March 2nd
John Estacio: Borealis
Grieg: Piano Concerto
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5


Yes! Concert tonight, the first one since early December (going through a bit of withdrawal. :) )

Apparently, the Ambassador of Norway will be in attendance. Part of honoring Grieg's 100th Anniversary of his death.

I have never heard either the Borealis by Canadian John Estacio, nor have I heard the Sibelius No. 5 Symphony, so I'm really looking forward to this one.
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Postby Catmando » Mon Mar 05, 2007 10:24 am

Catmando wrote:
Catmando wrote:March 2nd
John Estacio: Borealis
Grieg: Piano Concerto
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5


Yes! Concert tonight, the first one since early December (going through a bit of withdrawal. :) )

Apparently, the Ambassador of Norway will be in attendance. Part of honoring Grieg's 100th Anniversary of his death.

I have never heard either the Borealis by Canadian John Estacio, nor have I heard the Sibelius No. 5 Symphony, so I'm really looking forward to this one.


This was a very enjoyable concert. The highlight of the night for me was the Grieg Piano Concerto (my 1st time hearing it played in full). It has now instantly become a favorite of mine in the piano concerto field. Wonderful performance!

The work "Borealis" by Canadian composer Estacio was also a delight.

As for the Sibelius Symphony No.5, I'm a little mixed about my feelings about it. I enjoyed it, but not enthusiastically (Again, this is only my first hearing of this symphony). It had some lovely moments.

Next concert in 3 weeks, and one I've been looking forward to all season!

Elgar - Serenade for Strings
Brahms - Double Concerto
Schumann - Symphony No. 3 "Rhenish"
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Postby navneeth » Mon Mar 05, 2007 10:46 am

Catmando wrote:As for the Sibelius Symphony No.5, I'm a little mixed about my feelings about it. I enjoyed it, but not enthusiastically (Again, this is only my first hearing of this symphony). It had some lovely moments.

Sounds like the time I heard the 'Titan'. :D

Next concert in 3 weeks, and one I've been looking forward to all season!

Elgar - Serenade for Strings
Brahms - Double Concerto
Schumann - Symphony No. 3 "Rhenish"


That's a nice line-up. I have not heard Elgar' S for S...may be that'll be my next request. :)
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Postby Catmando » Mon Mar 05, 2007 10:52 am

navneeth wrote:That's a nice line-up. I have not heard Elgar' S for S...may be that'll be my next request. :)


I haven't either, so please do request it! :D
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Postby Catmando » Mon Mar 26, 2007 7:41 am

Catmando wrote:
Friday March 23rd

Elgar - Serenade for Strings
Brahms - Double Concerto
Schumann - Symphony No. 3 "Rhenish"


This concert was excellent!

The highlight of the night was in the Brahms' Double Concerto. A riveting performance! The 2 soloists brother and sister combo of Gwen Hoebig (Principal Violinist of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra) and Desmond Hoebig (Principal Cellist - Cleveland Orchestra, and also former member of the Orford String Quartet) were amazing.

Wait....the highlight of the night was actually at the Intermission, when I went to pick up the preview to the 2007/2008 WSO season. Oh my goodness!!! What an amazing line up of concerts!!!

I will post shortly about this in a new thread.
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