Summertime With the Philharmonic

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Summertime With the Philharmonic

Post by Ralph » Sat Jul 02, 2005 6:01 am

Cionductor Bramwell Tovey is an Englishman with a crisp sense of humor and his remarks brought extra sparkle to last night's New York Philharmonic concert, the first of four in the Avery Fisher Hall summer series.

There were few empty seats and a lot of young people, including couples, for the program of short works linked to dark subjects. Well, not really. "A Little Nightmare Music" was a jovial exploration of some fairly well-known works.

The highlight for me was the Philharmonic debut - how could it have taken this long? - of Marc-Andre Hamelin whose furious playing of Liszt's "Totentanz" electrified the audience and fully justified the short Debussy encore which followed. Hamelin is simply one of the truly great pianists we have today.

Also performed was Musorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain," Dukas's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," Liszt's Second Mephisto Waltz and Gounod's Funeral March of a Marionette. A short excerpt from Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel" was an enthusiastically received encore.

But summer ticket sales depend on marketing and flyers in the program last night offered 50% off for anyone buying three or more tickets for next weekend's concert. I already have mine but I hope many snatch up the large number of remaining tickets.

The musicians last night semed to be really enjoying themselves as they performed in white jackets or blouses under a huge banner picture of midtown Manhattan at nighttime.
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Post by Werner » Sat Jul 02, 2005 9:28 am

I ceertainly agree regarding Mark-Andre Hamelin. His Philharmonic debut was overdue, and he should be back soon. And the contrast betwen the Liszt and the Debussy demonstrated a great deal of range and control. It's tempting to suggest that this is a pianist who can do everything - probably no more true than of anyone else - but he's certainly a giant in what I've heard of him.

And how many other good conductors are there that we've never heard of? I for one could have done without the commentary - although the audience did seem to enjoy it. I thought that the amplification of the voice was problematical.

No problem, though, with the performances. Mr. Tovay know what he wanted, and the orchestra plated well for him. I hope he'll be back, and that the series is the beginning of something successful.
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Post by Ralph » Sat Jul 02, 2005 8:18 pm

Werner,

Going tomorrow at 5 by any chance?
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Post by Werner » Sat Jul 02, 2005 8:37 pm

Sorry, no. This was our only concert in this series. We'll be at several Mostly Mozart evenings. Do you expect to hear any of these?
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Post by Ralph » Sun Jul 03, 2005 10:13 pm

Werner wrote:Sorry, no. This was our only concert in this series. We'll be at several Mostly Mozart evenings. Do you expect to hear any of these?
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I'll be going as usual to quite a few but I have to get tickets not long before the performances. Can't buy far in advance during the summer. Will let you know.
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