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by Philip M
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Ax Rattle LSO at Barbican
Replies: 1
Views: 9

Ax Rattle LSO at Barbican

The LSO’s new season started last Saturday with a programme of 20th and 21st Century works (including Belshazzar’s Feast) and was followed on Sunday with Messiaen’s Éclairs sur l’Au-delà... The 3rd programme given on Wednesday and repeated last night - I attended the repeat. Two big works - so typic...
by Philip M
Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Orchestre de Paris at Edinburgh 23 August
Replies: 5
Views: 552

Re: Orchestre de Paris at Edinburgh 23 August

sofrinitsky’s Schumann is stunning - 1st sonata and Etudes Symphoniques for instance (how I love the first sonata, even though it does ramble a bit!).

Try his Schubert E flat Impromptu too - though the way he plays it shows he can’t count 😊

Philip
by Philip M
Sun Sep 01, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Please welcome Philip M to CMG!
Replies: 17
Views: 1957

Re: Please welcome Philip M to CMG!

I haven’t seen Stephen North for about 10 years 😥
by Philip M
Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Please welcome Philip M to CMG!
Replies: 17
Views: 1957

Re: Please welcome Philip M to CMG!

It’s only a small local festival, held in the local school hall. Typical audience is c200. It’s held inMarch so is not competing with the usual summer festivals. Pianists like coming. It is an attentive audience, who listen. We have a free pre recital interview, which is popular too. Chris Morley, f...
by Philip M
Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Please welcome Philip M to CMG!
Replies: 17
Views: 1957

Re: Please welcome Philip M to CMG!

Hi Lenny

Yes I remember that dinner well. You and Sue were great company. Did you not fly over via Iceland? It must be over 20 years ago? Have you been back since? Hope you are both well.

Philip
by Philip M
Sat Aug 31, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gabetta/Chamayou recital
Replies: 5
Views: 850

Re: Gabetta/Chamayou recital

The Britten was of course written for Rostropovich who recorded it memorably with Britten. But their live Aldeburgh performance was better!
by Philip M
Sat Aug 31, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Orchestre de Paris at Edinburgh 23 August
Replies: 5
Views: 552

Re: Orchestre de Paris at Edinburgh 23 August

I heard an excellent recital by Andrew Tyson one Sunday lunchtime in June at Wigmore Hall - the day after seeing Boris Godunov at Covent Garden with Bryn Terfel. Quite a weekend.

Andrew T is a hugely talented young American pianist, based in Philly. His God is Sofronitsky!
by Philip M
Sat Aug 31, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Please welcome Philip M to CMG!
Replies: 17
Views: 1957

Re: Please welcome Philip M to CMG!

OK - a but about me. I’m not a professional musician, just enjoy it. Go to quite a few concerts, though not as many as I used to. Used to be on Compuserve Music Forum 20+ years ago, so know people like John F. Worked and lived in USA (based in New York) 1993-96. I know quite a few conductors as acqu...
by Philip M
Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Please welcome Philip M to CMG!
Replies: 17
Views: 1957

Re: Please welcome Philip M to CMG!

Thanks for the welcome. Just please all avoid the Brexit word!
by Philip M
Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Daniel Harding, Air France pilot
Replies: 4
Views: 649

Re: Daniel Harding, Air France pilot

John

Daniel told me of this plan some 2-3 years ago. He just adores flying! He hopes to start in June.

Regards

Philip
by Philip M
Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann's symphony number 2
Replies: 24
Views: 2807

Re: Schumann's symphony number 2

The finest Schumann 2 I have heard is Daniel Harding with LSO. Sadly not on YouTube but try this - especially movements 2 and 3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1zwc59c7b4
by Philip M
Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:09 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: War Requiem in Edinburgh
Replies: 5
Views: 1159

Re: War Requiem in Edinburgh

Indeed. I remember the BBC TV coverage at the time of the premiere. And attended the 50th anniversary performance at Coventry Cathedral conducted by Andris Nelsons.
by Philip M
Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: War Requiem in Edinburgh
Replies: 5
Views: 1159

Re: War Requiem in Edinburgh

John

I heard Rostropovich in it in 1992. As you say, he was tremendous in it, though perhaps at times a bit too much like Alexander Nevsky! But - what a piece!

Philip
by Philip M
Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: War Requiem in Edinburgh
Replies: 5
Views: 1159

War Requiem in Edinburgh

Tonight was the Orchestre de Paris’s second Edinburgh Festival concert - Britten’s War Requiem under Daniel Harding. This must surely be the greatest 20th Century Requiem. Especially when performed like this - the finest live performance I have heard (and I have heard performances under Nelsons, Rat...
by Philip M
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Orchestre de Paris at Edinburgh 23 August
Replies: 5
Views: 552

Orchestre de Paris at Edinburgh 23 August

The Orchestre de Paris gave the first of their 2 Edinburgh Festival concerts at the Usher Hall tonight under their Music Director Daniel Harding. He steps down from that position after tomorrow’s second concert (the War Requirm). It has sadly not been a happy 3 year relationship, though at least the...
by Philip M
Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Rattle and LSO at Edinburgh 20 August
Replies: 2
Views: 324

Re: Rattle and LSO at Edinburgh 20 August

Mea culpa. It was 21 August!
by Philip M
Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Rattle and LSO at Edinburgh 20 August
Replies: 2
Views: 324

Rattle and LSO at Edinburgh 20 August

Simon Rattle took over the LSO 2 years ago. Last night he brought them again to the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, as part of the 2019 Edinburgh Festival. Just 2 works - Adams’ Harmonielehre and Rachmanonov’s 2nd Symphony - both works that I first heard Simon conduct over a quarter of a century ago with t...