When was the last concert you went in 2017

Saz'iso at the Pontio in Bangor, 3/Nov2017

Went with my wife to visit her niece at Bangor Uni a couple of weeks back and her niece suggested we went to a gig that was on at the Uni's new arts centre, an 8 piece band that played Southern Albanian music. I have to say that the idea didn't thrill me at the time, and I hadn't made the connection with the article and the band that had been on Cerys' show on 6 Music the week before. Basically they are a 'supergroup' made up of the best musicians from the Southern Albania.

The seats/tables were laid out cabaret style and it was a quiet atmosphere to start with, with each musician taking the lead throughout the set. But by the end they had won the audience over and stormed it, ending the show by walking out into the foyer and continuing to play several more songs, getting everyone dancing out there! 

In summary, I would thoroughly recommend seeing them, they are for sure not at all mainstream, but fantastic musicians and a very different live experience. Certainly far exceeded my expectations     :-)

Robert Plant for me as well in Glasgow yesterday.

Very good band, and a great performance by the man himself. His voice was very much stronger than I had expected, and more or less back to the Zeppelin days for the Zeppelin covers. I think I counted 6 of them including a rousing "Whole lotta love" for the final encore.

Much better than I had expected, and very highly recommended if you get the chance to catch his tour.

Before that, Richard Thompson in Edinburgh a few weeks back. It has certainly been a good few weeks.

Next will be Queen in a week or so, but I'm really not too sure about Adam Lambert fronting the band. 

Fleet Foxes at the o2 Brixton just Sunday last.

First time I have seen these. A fan of the o2 venue and sound system  so can't comment on whether they sounded as good as they could - but superb.

really got into those lovely harmonies, time changes, textures and feel that are hinted at on a home system. Got to see the complexity of their arrangements with several instrument changes during a song - let alone the set.   Heard very unusual sounds coming from the guy on keys.

must be one of the greatest nights I've had in front of a band.

Couple of gigs this week:

Sunday Julian Jacobson recital as St John's Smith Square. Part of his 70th birthday celebrations, a sadly not very well attended show, maybe 100 people in the hall, maybe a few more, I'm not very good at estimating. He's a very good, not great, concert pianist, a good performance of Schubert D850 followed by brilliant performances of the Moonlight and then Prokofiev Sonata No 7. I didn't sdtay for the encores as I was heading to the Tate for the Whiteread exhibition. Very fine concert.

Then a massive change of style, Robert Plant at the Manchester Apollo last night. Superb gig, the Shape Shifters are a fantastic and tight band, Percy's new album is one of my favourites of the year, I had a fantastic time.

 

 

Looking forward to the concerts of this weekend. Tonight in Nurnberg, Sunday in Munich...

 

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

 

Leif Ove Andsnes

Sibelius: Ausgewählte Werke für Klavier
Widmann: Idyll und Abgrund – Sechs Schubert-Reminiszenzen
Schubert: Drei Klavierstücke D 946
Beethoven: Sonate Nr. 17 d-moll op. 31/2 „Der Sturm“
Chopin: Nocturne H-Dur op. 62/1
Chopin: Ballade Nr. 4 f-moll op. 52

Lau at St George's Bristol last night, very good sound. Labelled as folk, the 10th anniversary tour starts purely acoustic, visualise your typical TV interpretation of a Gaelic/Celtic pub scene. It moves to electric, to someone of my age, memories of Curved Air, bands with Watkins Copycats, a light show reminiscent of a Quintessence concert at the Victoria Rooms. But it's up to date, innovative, inventive, ethereal, atmospheric. Look up the lyrics for Ghosts.....

Bert Schurink posted:

Looking forward to the concerts of this weekend. Tonight in Nurnberg, Sunday in Munich...

 

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

 

Leif Ove Andsnes

Sibelius: Ausgewählte Werke für Klavier
Widmann: Idyll und Abgrund – Sechs Schubert-Reminiszenzen
Schubert: Drei Klavierstücke D 946
Beethoven: Sonate Nr. 17 d-moll op. 31/2 „Der Sturm“
Chopin: Nocturne H-Dur op. 62/1
Chopin: Ballade Nr. 4 f-moll op. 52

The first concert was a mixed bag. The two symphonies where average. Nr 40 was much too fast, rushing... what was great the piece with Arabella and Nils brilliant playing and a nice encore...

 

Program

Grieg: Suite No. 1 from Peer Gynt
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
Sibelius: Symphony No. 1

Finnish director Storgardes makes a debut at the Orchestra Hall along with Shaham as a soloist.

I loved the familiar Mendelssohn played by always smiling Shaham. This isn't my favourite program due to over exposure and every time I hear this tune reminds me of Jack Benny's violin test skit. :/

Shaham gave a fresh contemporary flair, it's still a bit fussy for my taste but outer movements were acrobatic and exciting. The slow movement can be a bit sweeter but he avoided a typical schmaltz. The final movement could have had some wit, too. As you can see from the video, the finale was an audience pleaser, however.

Peer Gynt could be more expressive and animated. I felt that Storgards' direction rather wooden and too even keeled  missing some colours there.

Lofty Sibelius Symphony 1 was much better in terms of dynamics but this, too felt a bit stiff lacking mystical magic.

Bert Schurink posted:

Looking forward to the concerts of this weekend. Tonight in Nurnberg, Sunday in Munich...

 

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

 

Leif Ove Andsnes

Sibelius: Ausgewählte Werke für Klavier
Widmann: Idyll und Abgrund – Sechs Schubert-Reminiszenzen
Schubert: Drei Klavierstücke D 946
Beethoven: Sonate Nr. 17 d-moll op. 31/2 „Der Sturm“
Chopin: Nocturne H-Dur op. 62/1
Chopin: Ballade Nr. 4 f-moll op. 52

My 2nd concert of the weekend did require some effort in total 400km was through snow...., but in part it was worthwhile.

Sibelius was great. Widmann with notes in front of him, a bit an odd part in the concert. After the break the Beethoven Sonate the first part was not optimal, the rest was brilliant. Chopin was great as he also played another ballade as encore. He ended with another Sibelius. So in total - in parts great, but not across the whole concert. 

 

Bert Schurink posted:

My 2nd concert of the weekend did require some effort in total 400km was through snow...., but in part it was worthwhile.

Sibelius was great. Widmann with notes in front of him, a bit an odd part in the concert. After the break the Beethoven Sonate the first part was not optimal, the rest was brilliant. Chopin was great as he also played another ballade as encore. He ended with another Sibelius. So in total - in parts great, but not across the whole concert. 

 

Bert,

Which venue?

How's the accoucstic?

kuma posted:
Bert Schurink posted:

My 2nd concert of the weekend did require some effort in total 400km was through snow...., but in part it was worthwhile.

Sibelius was great. Widmann with notes in front of him, a bit an odd part in the concert. After the break the Beethoven Sonate the first part was not optimal, the rest was brilliant. Chopin was great as he also played another ballade as encore. He ended with another Sibelius. So in total - in parts great, but not across the whole concert. 

 

Bert,

Which venue?

How's the accoucstic?

Is the Prince Regent Theater in Munich. The acoustics are average as it’s a theater and not a music hall. While I am very close to the podium, so I have a direct feel for what is being played. The other hall in Munich while not perfect is much much better and it’s called the Philharmonie Gasteig. But even this one they are going to renovate including Acoustic overall.

Funny enough I startet to google and saw some comments that the acoustics are good, so never trust your fellow forum members ears :-) or realize he is super critical...

 

Prinzregententheater

Prinzregententheater
The Prinzregententheater, or Prince Regent Theatre, is a theatre and opera house located at 12 Prinzregentenplatz in the Bavarian city of Munich, Germany.

Building and History Edit

Initiated by Ernst von Possart, the theatre was built in the Prinzregentenstrasse as a festival hall for the operas of Richard Wagner near an area where a similar project of King Ludwig II had failed some decades before. Named after Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria the building was designed by Max Littmann and opened 21 August 1901 with a production of "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg" by Richard Wagner. Like the Bayreuth theatre, the auditorium was designed to Wagner’s specifications, however an amphitheater has replaced the loges.[1]

After the destruction of the Nationaltheater during World War II, the Prinzregententheater housed the Bavarian State Opera from 1944 to 1963 even though it also suffered damage during the war which was not repaired until 1958. Since its renovation in 1988, the Prinzregententheater, with 1122 seats, has served also for the Bavarian Staatsschauspiel and now houses the Bavarian Theatre Academy founded by August Everding. Another theatre in the building, the Akademietheater or Academy Theatre, seats 300.[2]

Some famous world premieres Edit

Prinzregententheater, ca. 1910
12 June 1917, Palestrina by Hans Pfitzner
27 March 1952, Weg zum Licht ballet by Victor Gsovsky with music by Georges Auric
22 July 1952, ballet Pas de cœur by Victor Gsovsky / Gottfried von Einem
25 February 1954, new edition of Die Bernauerin, by Carl Orff
29 March 1956, Don Juan de Manara by Henri Tomasi
11 August 1957, Die Harmonie der Welt by Paul Hindemith
16 February 1960, ballet Danza by Heinz Rosen / Werner Egk
1961, ballet La Buffonata by Heinz Rosen / Wilhelm Killmayer

Total cheapskate that I am I managed to get to hear quite a lot of Handel's Messiah in Romsey Abbey on Sunday. The orchestra was the Hanover Band (?). A pretty competent sounding small orchestra that managed to fill the Abbey. And because it was a rehearsal it was all for free.

I am glad that I overcame my normal aversion to stepping inside any place of worship.

Nick from Suffolk posted:

The orchestra was the Hanover Band (?). A pretty competent sounding small orchestra that managed to fill the Abbey. And because it was a rehearsal it was all for free.

 

I'm a huge fan of the Hanover Band. I have excellent recordings of the Beethoven and Schubert symphomies from them, nice period recordings.

Bert Schurink posted:

Is the Prince Regent Theater in Munich. The acoustics are average as it’s a theater and not a music hall. While I am very close to the podium, so I have a direct feel for what is being played. The other hall in Munich while not perfect is much much better and it’s called the Philharmonie Gasteig. But even this one they are going to renovate including Acoustic overall.

Thanks Bert.

Looks a lot older than 1901 when it was built. Impressive. I am admiring the ceiling decoration. I assume Prince paid for it?

kuma posted:
Bert Schurink posted:

Is the Prince Regent Theater in Munich. The acoustics are average as it’s a theater and not a music hall. While I am very close to the podium, so I have a direct feel for what is being played. The other hall in Munich while not perfect is much much better and it’s called the Philharmonie Gasteig. But even this one they are going to renovate including Acoustic overall.

Thanks Bert.

Looks a lot older than 1901 when it was built. Impressive. I am admiring the ceiling decoration. I assume Prince paid for it?

Don’t think so. The prince had his own theater the famous Cuvilliés Theater in the palace...odd fact is that on the same square - the Risidenzplatz - Hitler had his private apartment / house in Munich...

Alice Jones and Kimber’s Men in the Hollin’s Mill pub just down the hill from me, fundraiser for reopening the local Puzzle Hall as a community pub. Alice Jones is a young folk singer, good range of songs, good voice, good instrument playing, excellent stage presence and her exhibition of body percussion (in her special “slapper trousers”) was great fun, she’s already played Sidmouth Folk Festival, could go far. Kimber’s Men are a fixture on the folk scene, billing themselves as probably Britain’s finest sea shanty band. Their usual high quality harmony singing. Great fun gig, and we got the news at the start that the community bid for the pub has been accepted, so the hard work starts now. 

Yesterday evening, seeing Tingval Trio at Feuerwache Mannheim. While I like the venue for its looks and style, the acoustics can be troublesome, at times. Long and not wide describes it best, and if you sit to far back, you may have more of the room acoustic than is good for the music. We were in the back part of the area. Oh well.

I ecpected an evening with relaxed, almost easy listening Piano trio music (not very familiar with the Tingval catalogue before), but boy was I wrong.

these three chaps rocked the house, and were totally connected to the audience. Played most of the recent (CIrklar) program, plus some older songs (including the great Mustasch), moderated (in very charming German) by Martin Tingval. Nice little anecdotes that wer a great fit to the compositions and their playing.

becore I Chat away, here, let me just leave you with a recommendation to go and see them, when you can. A great evening of music making.

Time to play catchup again!

On 16th October, I travelled up to the Scala at King's Cross for a concert by Melanie di Biasio, an artist I quite liked, but had never seen in concert before. By the time the show was over, I was a real fan. This was one of the best gigs I'd seen all year. Ms Biasio isn't exactly Madonna or Mick Jagger. She stands stock still, concentrating on her singing and flute playing, barely acknowledging the audience - but she is mesmerising. Her slow-burn torch tunes really suit a live setting in an atmospheric venue like the Scala. Great band too - and the big numbers - No Deal, Gold Junkies, Afro Blue, I'm Gonna Leave You, The Flow, Lillies, etc were all present and correct.

Bells doesn't like going to gigs that much but she does like the Afro-Celt Sound System so I treated her to their show with the Dhol Foundation at the fabulous De La Warr Pavilion on November 12. I liked the Dhol Foundation (basically a lot of drums) and quite warmed to the sheer energy of the Afro-Celts, although there was too much Celt (is there any sound more obnoxious than Irish folk music? I've yet to hear it) and not enough Afro for my taste.

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sjust posted:

Yesterday evening, seeing Tingval Trio at Feuerwache Mannheim. While I like the venue for its looks and style, the acoustics can be troublesome, at times. Long and not wide describes it best, and if you sit to far back, you may have more of the room acoustic than is good for the music. We were in the back part of the area. Oh well.

I see what you mean. It looks very nice from outside. It reminds me of Mandel Hall from University of Chicago. How old is this building?

Kevin-W posted:

 there was too much Celt (is there any sound more obnoxious than Irish folk music? I've yet to hear it) 

Depends how you define Celt.

Eleanor McAvoy, Mary Black, Mary Coughlan, Christy Moore? Im sure I haved heard all these on Naim playlists at shows.

Far far worse, all those "genres" with titles that have no meaning - house, garage etc

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