When was the last concert you went in 2017

Bert Schurink posted:
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It’s the Meistersingerhalle in Nürnberg, not too far from where I live...

Nice Bert. I know it well. Lived in Nürnberg for 25 years. Saw people like John McLaughlin, B.B. King and George Benson at the Meistersingerhalle. You living in the city or Herzo? Would it be possible to hear your system sometime?

William posted:
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Where was the venue?

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It’s the Meistersingerhalle in Nürnberg, not too far from where I live...

Nice Bert. I know it well. Lived in Nürnberg for 25 years. Saw people like John McLaughlin, B.B. King and George Benson at the Meistersingerhalle. You living in the city or Herzo? Would it be possible to hear your system sometime?

Hi William,

I live in a small village close to Erlangen. And yes happy to have you over and listen to my system. Leave your contact details on my wall and I will contact you for arranging some time.

 

cheers,

 

Bert

 

Kevin-W posted:
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Kevin,

It' disable in the US?

Shouldn't be Kuma - about 5% of the views so far have been in the US...

Kevin,

I can't watch it embedded but if I click the Youtube icon, I can.

A nice band. I like her looks, too. ( a good makeup whomever did it )

Mariinsky Orchestra -
Valery Gergiev conductor
Denis Matsuev piano

Program

Shostakovich Symphony No. 9
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2
R. Strauss Ein Heldenleben

Rachmaninov Etude-Tableaux, Op. 39, No. 2 [ENCORE before intermission]

Wagner Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin [ENCORE]
Wagner Prelude to Act 3 of Lohengrin [ENCORE]

Oh wow. what a concert!

Gergiev/Marrisnsky is back this time with terrific Matsuev. The program opened with short jovial Shosty's 9th and Giergiv + co. sounded much lighter on feet compared to their triple feature Stravinsky programs I have attended. But the piece I really wanted to experience was the very difficult Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No.2. I only have a few on hand and even picked up Wang's newer release a while back for this.

Matsuev certainly did not disappoint. Through and through pyrotechnics and acrobatic moves both from the pianist and the orchestra. One wrong move can send the whole tune turns into a stooper. They need to work extremely tight and cohesive together to pull it off without  a hitch. Matsuev tracking time with feet, Gergiev making sure the band keeps up with him! There was even an applaud from the audience after just the 1st movement. I was sitting close enough to him that I can feel the beat and the intensity and concentration. Truly electrifying experience.

There was a moment in 2nd movement I felt like there was a double take with young Richter playing Chopin's Scherzo No.2 or Suggestion Diabolique. He's often compared with Horowitz but I think that  he's much too much serious with cooler angry dark bursts like Richter does. ( he even stomps foot like Richter does and i certainly could feel it from a few feet away )

I found this trailer for their new CD and here, he talks about how much impact Richter had on Matsuev. I am curious to see if he'll start taking on wider repetoire with subtler interpretations.

As usual as any Russian artist concert at the Orchestra Hall, there were a huge Russian speaking constitutes amongst the audience and they rewarded us with 2 Wagner Encore pieces. Lohengrin was dedicated to a recently deceased Gergiev's friend. I think I saw tear streaming down from his eyes. This is a very difficult piece to reproduce in hifi due to high tension massed strings throughout. ) not too dissimilar from Barber's Adagio for Strings ) I have a wonderful Toscanini, Mravisnky and Klemperer version yet the intro is  tasking due to limitation on both the software and hardware. Not so with Mariinsky's warm full bodied silky strings.

Strauss' Ein Heldenleben was great, too. A deep tonal colours and dynamic expressions.  They did a great job and his first violinist was just wondrful. ( the one on the left with white curly hair ) The tempo was slightly slower than say, Solti/CSO or Reiner/CSO due to Gergiev's extra embellishments which did not take away from the story telling. Gergiev remained in a total control from the floor ( no platform, no stick ) but more animated than the *sock puppet* directing style you see in the above video.

The program went on pretty long and closed with up lifting another Wagner piece from Lohengrin. They certainly left me a great impression this time around at the Orchestra Hall. ( no doubt a huge dose of Matsuev helping )

Mariinsky + Matsuev will be touring next to the Carnegie next week with the same program albeit they are substituting Strauss piece with Scriabin Symphony 3.

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Honeck/Steinbacher/CSO:

Program

Bach, Orch. Webern Ricercar No. 2 from The Musical Offering
Berg Violin Concerto
Schubert Symphony No. 9 (Great)

The program was originally scheduled with Dohnányi but he fell ill.  Honeck's Schubert 9 was rather dull for my taste ( my friend loved it however ). It's a magnificent piece regardless but I would have liked a bit more soul in it.

The most interesting program of the evening for me was Berg's Violin Concerto. Altho, Steinbacher's 1917 "Booth" Strad ( loaned by the Nippon Music Foundation ) sounded a tad dry, melancholic 12 notes melody was delivered with a lovely delicacy with a touch of sadness. This is an interesting tune Berg wrote last dedicated to Alma Mahler's daughter Manon after she passed at the age of 18. Sadly, like Schubert's 9 Berg did not get to listen to the score as he unexpectedly died soon after completing it.

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It's been a busy week for concerts:

Tuesday evening - Oysterband at Leeds City Varieties - 40th Anniversary Tour.    I've seen them on many occasions and they always put on a great show - and the City Varieties is a special venue.  Their tour continues in the UK.

http://www.oysterband.co.uk/

Change of pace and genre for Wednesday night.   Last minute decision for my first and long overdue trip to see Marillion live.  This time on the other side of the Pennines at Manchester Academy  for their last concert of 2017.  There's a special bond between band and audience.  Fantastic show.

http://getreadytorock.me.uk/bl...emy-8-november-2017/

And finally, back to Leeds (The Wardrobe) on Friday night to see Emily Barker.  Stunning voice and musician, supported by a superb band.  Soulful and foot tapping... 

Still touring in UK for a couple of weeks - well worth catching.

http://www.emilybarker.com/

 

 

kuma posted:

Honeck/Steinbacher/CSO:

Program

Bach, Orch. Webern Ricercar No. 2 from The Musical Offering
Berg Violin Concerto
Schubert Symphony No. 9 (Great)

The program was originally scheduled with Dohnányi but he fell ill.  Honeck's Schubert 9 was rather dull for my taste ( my friend loved it however ). It's a magnificent piece regardless but I would have liked a bit more soul in it.

The most interesting program of the evening for me was Berg's Violin Concerto. Altho, Steinbacher's 1917 "Booth" Strad ( loaned by the Nippon Music Foundation ) sounded a tad dry, melancholic 12 notes melody was delivered with a lovely delicacy with a touch of sadness. This is an interesting tune Berg wrote last dedicated to Alma Mahler's daughter Manon after she passed at the age of 18. Sadly, like Schubert's 9 Berg did not get to listen to the score as he unexpectedly died soon after completing it.

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Will see her this season as well with an all Mozart program.

kuma posted:

Great Bart.

What Mozart piece is she playing?

Arabella Steinbacher | Violine
Nils Mönkemeyer | Viola
Constantinos Carydis | Dirigent

Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg

Mozart, Symphonie Nr. 34 C-Dur KV 338
Mozart, Sinfonia concertante für Violine, Viola und
Orchester Es-dur KV 364 (320d)
Mozart, Symphonie Nr. 40 g-Moll KV 550

On Friday night we went to the Royal College of Music for a programme of Howells' Elegy played by Ana Teresa de Braga e Alves on Viola accompanied by the Marmen Quartet.  This was then followed by Arina Lazgiian playing Saint Saens Piano Concerto No.2 with the RCM symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Rosewell.  After an intermission the evening then reached its climax with Mozart's Requiem with soloists Josephine Goddard, Beth Moxon, Joel Williams, and Timothy Edlin.

The Saint Saens was just a little disappointing in that some parts came across as a bit too rushed and there were one or two errors and, being sat right at the front, practically under the piano, I could hear a touch of the "Glenn Goulds" which was a little off-putting.  

However, the Howells was a revelation.  Not a piece I know particularly well, although I do recall that I have a nice Lyrita LP of the piece that I should try to dig out.  The playing on the night, particularly by Ana Teresa de Braga e Alves was as fabulous as her name. 

The Mozart was what I expected - fabulous in parts.  The treat of hearing it live in the presence of full orchestra and choir, is a rare one.  We all felt very lucky to have enjoyed such a lovely evening.

I saw Nerina Pallot at Hoxton Hall in Shoreditch, London last night. This venue was new to me. Standing on a narrow ground floor and two seated galleries above. Intimate and atmospheric. The stage was commensurately small so I was pretty impressed when Nerina managed to squeeze on behind her an eight-piece band, including a string section.
She opened with the first song, Juno, off her new album, Stay Lucky. Not many artists can provoke goosebumps from their first song but Nerina managed it. She unashamedly performed the whole of Stay Lucky, explaining that the band with her was the one that laid down the album in the studio. And mighty good it was. She also played stuff from her previous album, The Sound and the Fury, and some favourites from her Fires album, including Idaho, Geek Love and Sophia, the last two saved for a fabulous and emotional encore.
This was the third time I’ve see her perform and the polish of the performance had increased but not at the expense of the interaction with the audience. A super evening. Nerina is a very talented musician and a wonderful performer live. I would thoroughly seeing her if you get the chance. Another tour is coming in Spring 18 when I hope to catch her again.

As far as I know, I don't have a single record by The Pretenders, but I always try and pop out to see them when they're in London - they're a great live band.

On Octber 8th at the Hammersmith Odeon/Apollo they were fantastic, with Ms Hynde in wonderful voice (and looking great too, in a spangly jacket) and a white hot band behind her. I've seen them about a dozen times over the years but I think this was the best I have ever seen them.

Setlist, as I remember it, was: Alone - Gotta Wait - Message of Love - Down the Wrong Way - Private Life - Hymn to Her - Back on the Chain Gang - Talk of the Town - Tequila - Boots of Chinese Plastic - Let's Get Lost - Night in My Veins - I'll Stand by You - Stop Your Sobbing - Don't Get Me Wrong - Thumbelina - Middle of the Road - Adding the Blue - Kid - Precious - Tattooed Love Boys - Break Up the Concrete - Mystery Achievement - Brass in Pocket.

Muti/Gerstein/CSO

Program

Puccini Preludio sinfonico
R. Strauss Suite from Le bourgeois gentilhomme
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1

Muti is just excellent with Puccini's work. Expressive and rhythmic as usual. It also extends to Strauss' Gentilhomme. Sense of humour and wonderful lyricism. Robert Chen's violin solo did not sound bright and cold for once!

Gerstein's Brahms PC 1 was ho hum. Too stiff and mechanical. Not enough insights and flow. Adagio felt painfully slow and bland. 3rd movement was relatively ok and generated a lot of excitement but I know it could be a lot better.

  Fink, at Gorilla, Manchester.

  Since the band seem to play so few dates in UK, last night was a rare opportunity to see them live.

  The set was largely based on the new album, but did contain sufficient old favourites to keep the crowd happy.

  The venue, built into some railway arches, was fairly intimate, with, I'd guess about 400 happy souls within, whilst the P A system and

  resultant sound was excellent.

  It was one of those nights where one was left feeling that the band were having a great time, and that the evening was turning

  into something quite special for them too.

 Certainly, the sustained applause after the encore, and the band's reactions to it, were, quite simply, huge grins all round.

  In the warm afterglow during what was, for us, a fairly long drive home, I definitely felt quite privileged to have witnessed something

  a bit special.  

Rhiannon Giddens at the Colston Hall, Bristol last night.

Loving the irony of a great artist, tireless rights worker performing here at a time when a mindless few fight for a name change of the venue.

Sadly the sound for the first few songs was not the best, but it improved.

So many genres covered dislpays just how good this opera trained singer is. Dearly beloved ranks her as up with Ella as a singer.

It's the start of the tour so if there are tickets near you, give it a try, otherwise search out the many online tracks, collaborations and tv videos.

I have to say I thought it was fantastic on both Saturday evening and Sunday evening. No bags allowed and scanners on the way in.

Unfortunately at the QOTSA concert my son had he phone stolen whilst in the mosh pit as did many others. Apparently this happens a lot. I read that the same happened at the QOTSA concert in London on Friday night where 44 phones were stolen.

Still, the scumbags did not get us down and we enjoyed the concert.

The Magic Band last night in Bristol at the Fleece. Fantastic show in spite of John French/Drumbo having a virus that affected his voice, so more instrumentals than usual.

The Band were clearly enjoying themselves so much that I can't believe it's really a farewell tour - best twin slide guitar attack since Zoot Horn Rollo! Good news is that Gary Lucas is playing the Fleece on May 20th next year - house guests already booked in from Kent and Devon.

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I have to say I thought it was fantastic on both Saturday evening and Sunday evening. No bags allowed and scanners on the way in.

Unfortunately at the QOTSA concert my son had he phone stolen whilst in the mosh pit as did many others. Apparently this happens a lot. I read that the same happened at the QOTSA concert in London on Friday night where 44 phones were stolen.

Still, the scumbags did not get us down and we enjoyed the concert.

elkman,

So sorry to hear your son's stolen phone. I have not seen scanner at a live event yet ( dogs yes. no bags allowed yes ) In the US, after the Las Vegas shooting, I am sure the surrounding security will be even tighter. ( we still do not know what went wrong there )

Sign of times.

To West London's trendy Mau Mau, where Ese & The Vooduu People were playing a headlining set. Very young crowd (although towards the end some very old geezers turned up). A highlight was a great new jazzier, funkiewr version of "Silver Spoon".

Rather wobbly video a fan shot of "Dynamite" here:

Peter Parker's Rock & Roll Club

The very wonderful Peter Parker's Rock & Roll Club have a residency at Camden's so hiply-retro-it-hurts Rock 'n' Roll Rescue every last Friday of the month, so off I went to see them on Friday 29th September. The Peter (guitar/vox) and Sakura (drums) line-up has been boosted with the addition of Alfredo on bass. Some new songs added to the setlist too, as well as this classic:

 

There's a very East London, typically hip venue in Hackney, called Paper Dress Vintage, which is above a vintage clothes shop. A pretty decent venue though, with a nice stage. On 15th September the Full Tilt Brass Ensemble were playing there and Ese & The Vooduu people were in support. It was their first gig in the East of the capital, and although they played really well, they hd to work really hard to win over the "so... impress me!" crowd.

After getting back from my hols, I had my fourth Goldfrapp gig of the year to look forward to - at the Brixton Academy on November 10. It was also the last night of the tour, so many of us were hoping Alison and the band would pull out all the stops, and they didn't disappoint. Very brave choice to start off with Zodiac Black, and a good balance of Silver Eye stuff alongside the Frapp bangers.

This was by far the best of the four shows I'd seen this year (great sound too, if you were in the right place).A great Goldfrapp crowd too, and we were out until 3.30am partying and drinking with other Frappers in and around Brixton.

Will was lurking at the mixing desk and the whole thing was being professionally filmed, so we all hope there will be a DVD further down the line.

Here are a couple of YouTube vids (not shot by me, BTW):

Setlist:

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Oysterband at Union Chapel in Islington as part of 40th Anniversary tour and brilliant venue and band in great form - hard to beat live music for atmosphere and sound and communal interest but Naim gives us a very good second best

Bob

Yep, that's a lovely venue. The pews are a bit hard on the back-side after a while but acoustics and atmosphere more than compensated.

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