What concert did you attend in 2018?

Kuma, it’s not that hard to get tickets for Bayreuth if you know someone with a membership or just via a tour operator. A bit awkward timing wise for those of us bound to school holidays as the festival usually falls in the summer holiday, but I hope to see Parsifal there, some day.

Cheers

EJ (looking forward to this month’s Tristan in Amsterdam)

EJ,

Unfortunately, I know anyone with the membership! ( wish I had such a *connection*! ) I've been told it's like a lottery for us civilians. 

P.S. re: Tristan: who's production? The Lyric still hasn't played it. Their 2018-19 season program comes out in a few months. Hope it'll get on it.

I have tickets for Paul Weller at the Brighton Centre on a Saturday in early February.  I have seen him quite a few times over the years but stopped about 10 years ago when things began to get a bit stale, I spent most of the last concert I saw in the bar. However his last few albums have seen a bit of a return to form with some newer more interesting ideas so  I'm quite looking forward to this one.

EJS posted:

Kuma, it’s not that hard to get tickets for Bayreuth if you know someone with a membership or just via a tour operator. A bit awkward timing wise for those of us bound to school holidays as the festival usually falls in the summer holiday, but I hope to see Parsifal there, some day.

Cheers

EJ (looking forward to this month’s Tristan in Amsterdam)

I have applied, without any luck, for the past three years for Parsifal tickets via the official Bayreuth website, I will try again next year.
Meanwhile I am very tempted by an all star, new production, of Parsifal at Munich in July; Jonas Kaufmann, Nina Stemme & Rene Pape, conducted by Kirill Petrenko.
This evening I have booked a couple of tickets for Tristan at Budapest in June with Anja Kampe singing Isolde, a much lower priced event than either of the others!

Morton posted:
EJS posted:

Kuma, it’s not that hard to get tickets for Bayreuth if you know someone with a membership or just via a tour operator. A bit awkward timing wise for those of us bound to school holidays as the festival usually falls in the summer holiday, but I hope to see Parsifal there, some day.

Cheers

EJ (looking forward to this month’s Tristan in Amsterdam)

I have applied, without any luck, for the past three years for Parsifal tickets via the official Bayreuth website, I will try again next year.
Meanwhile I am very tempted by an all star, new production, of Parsifal at Munich in July; Jonas Kaufmann, Nina Stemme & Rene Pape, conducted by Kirill Petrenko.
This evening I have booked a couple of tickets for Tristan at Budapest in June with Anja Kampe singing Isolde, a much lower priced event than either of the others!

Couple of years I got tickets offered, but at the price of 450 euros I passed it....

Bert Schurink posted:

Couple of years I got tickets offered, but at the price of 450 euros I passed it....

That's pretty steep just for one ticket altho that's still cheaper than Prince ( a friend paid 500$ for the first row seat and this was 20 years ago ) or Barbra Streisand tickets ( she paid 1200$ per ticket for a new year's concert at MGM Grand in Vegas ) in the US. :/

Morton posted:
Meanwhile I am very tempted by an all star, new production, of Parsifal at Munich in July; Jonas Kaufmann, Nina Stemme & Rene Pape, conducted by Kirill Petrenko.

That would be interesting to see. Out of curiosity what's the ticket price for something like that?

Stalls seats for Parsifal are priced at 293, 263, 228 or 183 Euros, so not cheap! In the gallery they go down as low as €23 but you have to very careful as the lowest prices are for standing places, not so good for Wagner.
We saw Meistersinger in Munich a couple of years ago (again with Jonas Kaufmann) when we had seats on the top level, the sound was surprisingly good but the sight lines were poor with part of the stage completely hidden. So, if we do go to Parsifal, we will be in the stalls which would be an expensive risk as Kaufmann is getting a bit of a reputation of not turning up.

I've been to a completely free and unknown concert yesterday. During my studies I had to attend lessons Gregorian Chant. What started as a compulsory subject, turned into an addiction. Our class was filled with music theory, organ, flute, opera, brass, direction students both male and female and we had a good teacher who is a good scientist too. We were introduced to Prof Stefan Kloekner from Folkwang Universitat Essen in Germany who is the teacher Gregorian Chant there. My wife and drove 2 hours one direction to attend the concert and it was great. Just a bunch of guys well singing Gregorian Chant, and some teachers singing / playing music nicely. Hildegard von Bingen was the theme. It was a very joyful night on a historical place. Sometimes you see that the musicians enjoy what they do, and that was the case.

GBH, The Arches, Coventry, Sat 13th Jan

Might not be too many peoples' choice on here, a spot of early 80s punk from Birmingham.

They've been going non stop since the beginning, really exceeded my expectations, a proper tight unit, and a great small venue to see them in. Considering I was just going to meet up with some friends and wasn't so bothered about the gig, really glad we paid in, excellent local support bands too.

ChrisH posted:

GBH, The Arches, Coventry, Sat 13th Jan

Might not be too many peoples' choice on here, a spot of early 80s punk from Birmingham.

They've been going non stop since the beginning, really exceeded my expectations, a proper tight unit, and a great small venue to see them in. Considering I was just going to meet up with some friends and wasn't so bothered about the gig, really glad we paid in, excellent local support bands too.

Nice to see that sort of thing mentioned here.  I saw them at the Brum Punx Xmas bash just before the new year and thought they were great.  I'm always amazed by how good Scott the drummer is live whenever I catch them.

Dave***t posted:
ChrisH posted:

GBH, The Arches, Coventry, Sat 13th Jan

Might not be too many peoples' choice on here, a spot of early 80s punk from Birmingham.

They've been going non stop since the beginning, really exceeded my expectations, a proper tight unit, and a great small venue to see them in. Considering I was just going to meet up with some friends and wasn't so bothered about the gig, really glad we paid in, excellent local support bands too.

Nice to see that sort of thing mentioned here.  I saw them at the Brum Punx Xmas bash just before the new year and thought they were great.  I'm always amazed by how good Scott the drummer is live whenever I catch them.

Wow, wasn't expecting anyone to reply to my post @Dave***t ! Totally agree about the drummer, he is awesome on the sticks. When I was looking in Wiki after the gig, he is the only non original member, but he's still been with them 25 years plus. Good to see an old band with such a stable line up.


Lenny should be proud!

Rafael Payare/CSO
Keith Buncke - bassoon

Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Mozart Bassoon Concerto
Bartók Concerto for Orchestra

I really loved this young Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare for terrific rhythmic precision and colourful dynamics and expressions. Pity that CSO did not film the Bartok program  ( personally it was even better than the West Side Story video featured here ) which showed his delicate fluid side. Aside from his unkept wild hair, his lanky posture and wired rim glasses sort of reminded me of Mahler.

I hope he'll be back again. He was terrific!

new CSO principal Bassoonist Keith Buncke. Appointed by Maestro Muti. He's just 22 years old!

Buncke definitely gets extra points for being so young and ballsy move by offering his own cadenza on all 3 movement for Mozart Bassoon concerto but, I felt he was too restrained and laid back lacking some personalities. Orchestra, OTOH, was expressive and lively yet never upstaged or over powered the soloist. Just a perfect balance and tempo.

Morton posted:
Meanwhile I am very tempted by an all star, new production, of Parsifal at Munich in July; Jonas Kaufmann, Nina Stemme & Rene Pape, conducted by Kirill Petrenko.

Morton,

Did you get tickets for that? I see Die Walküre is live streamed on Monday. I might watch that. Looks like an interesting production for sure.

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kuma posted:
Morton posted:
Meanwhile I am very tempted by an all star, new production, of Parsifal at Munich in July; Jonas Kaufmann, Nina Stemme & Rene Pape, conducted by Kirill Petrenko.

Morton,

Did you get tickets for that? I see Die Walküre is live streamed on Monday. I might watch that. Looks like an interesting production for sure.

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Hi Kuma,
Yes, I could not resist so have ordered two tickets but don’t know yet if we will be successful, preordered tickets will not start being processed until February 1st.
I much prefer to choose my actual seats but I know from experience that by the time this process is available at Munich very few, if any seats will be left. As it is I was just able to choose a price bracket with an alternative and hope for the best.

On Tuesday we will be at Covent Garden for Salome.

I may take a look at the Walkure, they certainly like their Wagner (and beer) in Munich.

Well that was exciting! For once the acting was as good as the singing.
Malin Byström, was I first thought, slightly under powered for Salome, but she just got better as the evening went on with a spine tingling final demand for head of Jokanaan.
The dance was quite interesting with video giving hints of long term abuse of Salome by her step father, which may go someway to explain her current behaviour.
Looking back at my old programmes I see that the first time I saw Salome at The Royal Opera was 11th November 1977 with the wonderful Grace Bumbry in the title role.

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä conductor
Inon Barnatan piano

Program

Sibelius En Saga
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
Beethoven Symphony No. 7
Encore:
Sibelius Dance Intermezzo, Op. 45, No. 2

What I enjoyed most was two Sibelius pieces they played. Warm and rich hues, what a beautiful colours they drew!

I have their excellent BIS recording of Beethoven Symphony 9 and the rendition the 7 was along the same line. Well balanced and dynamic. This was a  nicely packaged contemporary set. Altho, my preference is still with *hot blooded* Toscanini and Cantelli which they weigh more importance in rhythmic pulse and raw power over tonal prettiness and roundness.

Tchaikovsky's PC1 was a total non starter for me. Too slow of a tempo and I kept comparing Barnatan to Horowitz. ( I know it's not fair but, that's what I measure everything against ) This was one of the boring set where I lost my interest half way through. Felt it was filled with cliche riffs and he kept adding this pauses ( I suppose he was trying to add some drama ) but this stop-and-go schtick was tripping me over. There was no sense of surprise.

But Vanska's Sibelius was worth the price of ticket for me and pleased to find out he'll be back to Chicago next season with more Sibelius program. ( he'll be leading the CSO )

Quite a candy shop this evening. With mixed results.

 

Mittwoch, 07.02.2018 | 20:00 Uhr | Meistersingerhalle

Denis Matsuev | Klavier
Valery Gergiev | Dirigent
Mariinsky Orchester St. Petersburg

Debussy, Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Rachmaninow, Klavierkonzert Nr. 3 d-Moll op. 30
Tschaikowsky, Symphonie Nr. 6 h-Moll op. 74 „Pathetique“

 

Debussy a delight.

Rachmaninov - amazing dazzling performance of Denis, but at the beginning the orchestra and Dennis not sharp in sync, have seen this more often specific with this concerto

 

Tchaikovsky, solid performance...

 

 

Philip Glass - Satyagraha (English National Opera)

The acclaimed English National Opera/ New York Met joint production at the Coliseum.

Excellent, if a little long and a bit bum-numbing. The opera is odd in that there isn't any pretence at a plot (it's a series of tableaux/scenes from Gandhi's time in South Africa prior to World War One) and it's all sung in Sanskrit. And it's a three and a half hour sit (with a couple of intermissions for outrageously priced wine).

The cast, orchestra and the production were magnificent though - particularly the use of dynamics between singers and the orchestra, partly making up for the fact that there are no Big Tunes (even by Glass's standards) in the whole thing. I'd love a recording of this id they could capture that shading.

Here's a section form Act 2 (the same production but in 2010). It starts to get weird after about 3:30.

 

Tony Allen, Warwick Arts Centre, 8th Feb 2018

really chuffed to get to see Tony Allen (drums) and his band (saxophone, trumpet, double bass, electric guitar, piano/keyboards). Playing stuff from their recent album The Source, they were great, really excellent musicians, as you might expect.

Tony Allen is a real cool cat, his drumming is really loose, but brilliant timing, perfect jazz style. Shame the audience wasn’t larger, but those of us who were there were really appreciative of / for what we saw. Recommend catching him if anyone has the chance to go and see him!

Recital at the Square Chapel, Halifax.

Amy Harman bassoon
Adam Walker flute
James Baillieu piano


Beethoven Trio in G major WoO 37
Debussy Syrinx
Poulenc Flute Sonata
Dutilleux Sarabande et Cortege for bassoon and piano
Weber Trio in G minor

Absolutely compelling concert. The three young musicians, all around 30, are the principal bassoon for ENO, principal flute for the LSO and a pianist who’s accompanied Bostridge and others while having an active chamber career as musician and programmer. A fantastic programme, the two trios bookending shorter works which showed the virtuosity of,the two wind players. The sheer talent on display was mind blowing, they took great joy in their playing, and made each piece a sheer joy. 6 weeks in to 2018 and I may well have seen my concert of the year. 

On Thursday evening we went to hear Shostakovitch's 5th Symphony at the RCM in London. What i hadn't expected was a world premiere of a piece called "Severed" by Bertram Wee.  It was quite an unnerving piece, reminiscent of the score to some modern horror film.  Not really to my taste, and thankfully over after 10 minutes..

Tristan und Isolde, in Amsterdam, given a searing performance by Marc Albrecht and team. The whole cast was spectacular, but Stephen Gould was as impressive as Tristan as I’d ever hope to hear, very musical, with huge power in reserve and a ringing top effortlessly scaling the orchestra at full power. The staging and light were excellent, too - a memorable evening.

Cheers

EJ

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