What concert did you attend in 2018?

Numptyhead posted:

But the big news for me this week was seeing TC&I at the Swindon Arts Centre.

If you didn't know - TC&I is a new band formed by Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers - both late of XTC.

And if you also didn't know - Mr Moulding wrote a whole bunch of XTC hits like Making Plans for Nigel and Generals & Majors. All were played alongside XTC gems like Grass, King for a Day and the Meeting Place. For XTC fans (like moi) it was time to curl up and go to heaven. Due to Andy Partridge's stage fright etc - I never thought I would ever hear these songs played live. And now I have. Lump in throat time. And then some......

TC&I played all the songs from their excellent EP Great Aspirations of which Greatness was particularly excellent. 

And don't get me started on how great were XTC. I could bore all day on that one. So here goes. Sitting comfortably?  Well...…...let me see...…..

Thanks for saving me the general explanation!

I saw TC&I on the second tranche of gigs, last night (Sunday), same bijou venue - superb! I've now seen all the full members of XTC except for Andy Partridge live - mainly because he hasn't done a gig since 1982 as far as I know. Colin & Terry and the band did 25-odd songs, all great, all brilliantly played, with spot-on sound. Lovely stuff.

Kevin-W posted:

Khruangbin - Mark Speer, Donald Johnson & Laura Lee

Visually they are mesmerising too - Laura Lee has to be the coolest female bassist since Kim Gordon, with a nice line in costume changes and sashaying across the stage, while Mark Speer is a jaw-droppingly good guitar player. Superb light show too.

The coolest female bassist still to me is Janis Marie Johnson of A Taste of Honey from 40 years ago!

Last night we went to see James at "The Gov" - a pub with a venue attached, in Adelaide.

A glorious two-hour singalong - songs from their first album, and their latest, and everything in between.

They even played "Sit Down", which I thought they had stopped doing. He has a really great voice I think.

 

Sunday Night: Culture Club, Manchester Arena

I have never really been a Boy George/Culture Club fan but have always admired his bravado, musicality and voice. However, I am now a convert!

An ex-pupil of mine has played with George for the last 5 years and treated me to some comps and back stage pass. I was very pleasantly surprised! What a musical evening: seasoned musicians playing a well-rehearsed set with plenty of opportunity for riffing on various themes. Great covers too e.g. of Bowie's Let's Dance, which was honestly as good as the original! Such a diverse range of musical types from Reggae, to Hip Hop, Rock, R&B, and Jazz. I had no idea what I'd been missing. Time to order the new album

Culture club were on the Radio 2 show on the BBC4 or it may have been BBC2. As you said I never was a fan, but he really has a great voice and the band is excellent. Good version of Bowie,s Let,s dance....worth checking out on bbc tv catch up if you cannot see live.

Looking forward to my first time seeing Janine Jansen live tomorrow evening...

Janine Jansen & Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Mittwoch, 21.11.2018 | 20:00 Uhr | Meistersingerhalle, Großer Saal

 

Janine Jansen | Violine
Daniel Harding | Dirigent
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

 

Hector Berlioz, »Chasse royale et orage« aus »Les Troyens«
(»Königliche Jagd und Gewitter« aus der Oper »Die Trojaner«)

Jean Sibelius, Violinkonzert d-Moll op. 47

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Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphonie Nr. 3 Es-Dur op. 55 „Eroica“

 

Bert Schurink posted:

Looking forward to my first time seeing Janine Jansen live tomorrow evening...

Janine Jansen & Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Mittwoch, 21.11.2018 | 20:00 Uhr | Meistersingerhalle, Großer Saal

 

Janine Jansen | Violine
Daniel Harding | Dirigent
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Hector Berlioz, »Chasse royale et orage« aus »Les Troyens«
(»Königliche Jagd und Gewitter« aus der Oper »Die Trojaner«)

Jean Sibelius, Violinkonzert d-Moll op. 47

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Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphonie Nr. 3 Es-Dur op. 55 „Eroica“

 

A good program.

Jansen hasn't come around to Chicago yet but Harding is now coming next year with Concertgebouw substituting for now #MeToo ousted Daniel Gatti.

Bert Schurink posted:

Looking forward to my first time seeing Janine Jansen live tomorrow evening...

Janine Jansen & Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Mittwoch, 21.11.2018 | 20:00 Uhr | Meistersingerhalle, Großer Saal

 

Janine Jansen | Violine
Daniel Harding | Dirigent
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

 

Hector Berlioz, »Chasse royale et orage« aus »Les Troyens«
(»Königliche Jagd und Gewitter« aus der Oper »Die Trojaner«)

Jean Sibelius, Violinkonzert d-Moll op. 47

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Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphonie Nr. 3 Es-Dur op. 55 „Eroica“

 

Bad luck Janine was sick so we had a replacement Veronika Eberle, and she played Schumann’s Violin Concerto instead.

Her playing was great. And it’s clear she deserves this solo podium. With a lot of sensitivity she played the concert. In th second part the orchestra played a solid 3rd of Beethoven. It was refined playing, but I also missed a bit the bombast a great he beginning, but that was a minor detail on a furthermore perfect execution. The playing was a bit more sharp I guess as normal due to the fact that the Swedish radio was recording the concert.

A young lady to watch and hear - Concert competition winner Indira Grier, who gave a fabulous performance of Elgar's Cello Concerto last night at the RCM in London with Martin Andre conducting the RCM Philharmonic.

It was also the world premiere performance of Lara Poe's orchestral work, Taivaanranta. I really enjoyed this and hope it gets a recording made and released some time soon.

Richard Dane posted:

A young lady to watch and hear - Concert competition winner Indira Grier, who gave a fabulous performance of Elgar's Cello Concerto last night at the RCM in London with Martin Andre conducting the RCM Philharmonic.

It was also the world premiere performance of Lara Poe's orchestral work, Taivaanranta. I really enjoyed this and hope it gets a recording made and released some time soon.

Thanks - always good to see new talents emerging.

We had Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle here in Emsworth last night. I’ve heard very little Pentangle, who from the beginning have been jazz influenced, and they were far more jazzy than I expected. They are wonderful musicians and played a really good set, fortified by chips from the local chippie. Jacqui has the most wonderful voice, and I had a really good chat with her afterwards, and it was amazing to hear some of her stories about John Martin, Bert Jansch and many others. We are hoping to get Ralph McTell next year, and it turns out that Jacqui is meeting up with him next week. It’s a small world. I recommended the new Unthanks albums to her, so I hope she likes them!


DENIS MATSUEV

PROGRAM

Beethoven Sonata in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3
Rachmaninov Variations on a Theme by Corelli
Chopin Ballade No. 4
Tchaikovsky Meditation, Op. 72, No. 5
Prokofiev Sonata No. 7

Liadov A Musical Snuffbox, Op. 32 [ENCORE]
Sibelius Etude in A Minor, Op. 76, No. 2 [ENCORE]
Scriabin Etude in D-sharp Minor, Op. 8, No. 12 [ENCORE]
Matsuev Jazz Improvisation [ENCORE]

Man. What a showman!
Schumann's Kinderszenen was substituted by Beethoven's Sonata No.3. it's interesting that this program ( excluding encores ) are what Horowitz used to play for his recital. And definitely he puts that old world showmanship Horowitz or Richter for that matter used to command. Out of the tunes my fave was Rachmaninov's variations and Prokofiev's Sonata No.7 , Scriabin's Etude and of course his signature jazz improv. ( this time, the tune starts off with Evans like beautiful chord progression! )

Beethoven's No.3 Sonata, for me, was too macho. Lacking a bit of wit and playfulness. ( my favourite reading of this tune is by Kempf's or Horowitz ) Rachmaninov's Variations had many twists and turns he made it a worthwhile listen and I wasn't bored at all and no audience coughs in between. ( Rachmaninov would have been very proud! ) 

What can I say bout Chopin's Ballad. There are just so many other excellent reading done there isn't much he could do and again, here I missed the sense of humour or that particular nonchalant feel of this tune. He's much more at home with Prokofeiv generating commanding energetic performance. Wish he could add a bit more subtle sinister bend like Richter's. Tho, I enjoyed it very much.

The Orchestra Hall was filled with Russian speaking Chicago patrons.

 

We saw Amy Rigby last night at the Emsworth Sports and Social Club; another Wemsfest event. She is an American singer songwriter, and was playing unaccompanied. A great set of songs, some humorous, some very serious. Her husband, Wreckless Eric, is touring Australia while Amy trundles around the U.K.  

We saw Thom Yorke's "solo" tour last night. I knew nothing about it when I bought the tickets, and in recent days listening to his solo stuff figured out pretty quickly that he wasn't going to be up there playing Radiohead songs!  We stayed for a little over an hour, which was enough to get the idea.  After a while it pretty much all sounds the same . . .

This was the first show I've been to where the computer is the primary "instrument."  Thom played some guitar and bass and keyboards, but it was essentially electronica.  "Interesting" nevertheless! And obviously he's a legend with a tremendous following.

Ennio Morricone last night at the O2 . His final UK concert at the age of 90 before ‘retirement’ . It was absolutely wonderful, at times spine tingling ( Ecstasy of Gold),  others just beautiful and moving ( Cinema Paradiso, Once upon a time in America, Casualties of War...) . He was joined by the Prague Philarmonic , Susanna Rigacci , Dulce Pontes and the Crouch End choir . Superb ! 

pete T15 posted:

Ennio Morricone last night at the O2 . His final UK concert at the age of 90 before ‘retirement’ . It was absolutely wonderful, at times spine tingling ( Ecstasy of Gold),  others just beautiful and moving ( Cinema Paradiso, Once upon a time in America, Casualties of War...) . He was joined by the Prague Philarmonic , Susanna Rigacci , Dulce Pontes and the Crouch End choir . Superb ! 

Once upon a time in America is one of my favourite film and indeed wonderful soundtrack. ( i have it on vinyl ) Love its haunting title theme. 

Last Saturday was able to attend the penultimate day of the London Jazz Festival. Went to see the Madeleine Peyroux concert (part of her Anthem tour) at the Festival Hall. Before that though we came across a free concert from Trinity Laban Youth Orchestra. Sounded wonderful then I realised the conductor was the great Laura Jurd from Dinosaur. A real treat. Then came the Peyroux concert. The support band was Luca, a three piece. Very interesting. However, obviously the star was Madeleine. Very engaging with a great band behind her. Both my wife and I left with great smiles on our faces.

 

The Manor of Walworth is a rather spiffing pub/venue, converted from the old Labour Party HQ near the Elephant & Castle in Saaarf Lundun.

On 2nd November Ese & The Vooduu People played there (with Larry, Jake and other members of the Alabama 3 in attendance). Due to various technical horrors with the microphone PA system, the band were forced to play instrumentals for the first 45 minutes or so (hence the setlist below). Not a bad gig - the boys enjoyed it as they were able to show off their jazz chops. Superb version of "Grey", stretching out to almost 15 minutes.

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First got to see Melody play at the palladium a few years back. Quickly realised she is a master of improvisation, with her awesome band behind covering familiar songs but different.

Then a couple of years back at Love Supreme jazz, funk and soul weekender showcasing the Currency Of Man album. This was upfront raw with her main man doing a memorable playing two saxaphones at the same time number.

No sax and trumpet man at the RFH, but with a dozen or so chamber orchestra and other familiar band members, this was from the start going to focus more on her arrangement material rather than others.    Still familiar but so different to how she's recorded. Like her songs are a frame to do her thing within.  Only her number - My one and Only Thrill - fitted within a recognisable motif.  On a lesser mortal it could be maybe contrived.  Her ability was just spellbinding.

TOBYJUG posted:

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First got to see Melody play at the palladium a few years back. Quickly realised she is a master of improvisation, with her awesome band behind covering familiar songs but different.

Then a couple of years back at Love Supreme jazz, funk and soul weekender showcasing the Currency Of Man album. This was upfront raw with her main man doing a memorable playing two saxaphones at the same time number.

No sax and trumpet man at the RFH, but with a dozen or so chamber orchestra and other familiar band members, this was from the start going to focus more on her arrangement material rather than others.    Still familiar but so different to how she's recorded. Like her songs are a frame to do her thing within.  Only her number - My one and Only Thrill - fitted within a recognisable motif.  On a lesser mortal it could be maybe contrived.  Her ability was just spellbinding.

Good write-up, Tobyjug. I was at the RFH too and think you've captured the performance well.  Before she came on I could see no trace of the brass section that I remembered so well from the previous performance. Then she and the others came on and I could see no electric bass guitar either! I wasn't expecting this and was a little unsettled. But that string ensemble was superb and I thought the whole performance wonderful. She is one very talented lady.  

We saw Ray Cooper last night, here in Emsworth. Not the percussionist, or the drummer, but the ex member of Oysterband. He plays cello guitar and mandolin, and a mixture of traditional songs and his own material. It was a really good night. You’ll see the incredibly naff decs- we were joking with him about it being like the bit from Love Actually where Billy Mac sings Christmas is all around. All we needed was the girls in Santa outfits. Sadly we didn’t have any. 

I am booked for this evening with David Helbock. Not to sure if I will like it. Thought I would see his trio as I saw it on North Sea Jazz. Traditional setup, but with modern take...., however it’s still a trio but a different setup...

 

...still have to take the time to pre-listen the album of the tour...

Was lucky with the David Heldbock concert. He didn’t play with the ensemble of his last album, but with his regular trio. They also played the music I like from the album into the mystic..., so very happy. Very small venue under the ground in Nuremberg....

 

The bass player by the way plays a piccolo bass, electric version...

I will be seeing Sol Gambetta this evening, If I am not too much affected by my cold

 

Sol Gabetta & Kammerorchester Basel

Montag, 03.12.2018 | 20:00 Uhr | Meistersingerhalle, Großer Saal

 

Sol Gabetta | Violoncello
Giovanni Antonini | Dirigent
Kammerorchester Basel

 

Sol Gabetta | © Julia Wesely

 

Robert Schumann, Ouvertüre zu Goethes „Hermann und Dorothea“ h-Moll op. 136
Robert Schumann, Cellokonzert a-Moll op. 129
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Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphonie Nr. 1 C-Dur op. 21

Bert Schurink posted:

I will be seeing Sol Gambetta this evening, If I am not too much affected by my cold

 

Sol Gabetta & Kammerorchester Basel

Montag, 03.12.2018 | 20:00 Uhr | Meistersingerhalle, Großer Saal

 

Sol Gabetta | Violoncello
Giovanni Antonini | Dirigent
Kammerorchester Basel

 

Sol Gabetta | © Julia Wesely

 

Robert Schumann, Ouvertüre zu Goethes „Hermann und Dorothea“ h-Moll op. 136
Robert Schumann, Cellokonzert a-Moll op. 129
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Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphonie Nr. 1 C-Dur op. 21

I only took the 1st part of the concert, as I am with a cold I want to be early in the bed. The playing of Sol was great. It was the first time I saw cello as instrument in solo live. The balance with the orchestra was good. The first piece which was with the orchestra only was not so special....

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