What concert did you attend in 2018?

Just got back from seeing Bon Jovi at Madison Square Garden. In NY on holiday and it was too good an opportunity to pass up.  Hard to believe its 32 years since the first time I saw them in Edinburgh. 

They were fantastic, played for over 2 and a half hours! Great fun hearing the old classics again. So much energy from the band and this was reflected back from the crowd. All 20000 of them. JBJ talked about its been 35 yrs since they first played at the Garden, opening for ZZ Top. 

Went to see Wilko Johnson at Leeds Uni. last night, and the band were in storming form.

Norman Watt-Roy delivered an object lesson on bass playing, and Dylan Howe was rock solid on drums all night.

Wilko? In fine voice, and bonkers as usual, eyeballing the audience throughout.

Support was from Hugh Cornwell, who managed to fit a few old Stranglers' favourites into his set, so, all in all, a great night out. 

Same gig as Dave. Hugh Cornwell was a very cool support act, great to hear Nice and Sleazy live for the forst time in decades.

Pretty much what Dave said, Norman Watt-Roy was superb all night, more a co-lead guitar than a bass, Dylan Howe is a class act on drums, and between Howe and Watt-Roy they are a rock solid backline. Wilko is still mad, one of the most recognisable guitar styles around, and he still has all the old moves, great front man. He doesn't seem to have changed at  all since his early days. Really enjoyable high-energy rock, Johnny B Goode as the encore had me humming the tune all the way home.

(Last time I saw Dylan Howe was a few years back at Dean Clough in Halifax, where he was leading his own band playing jazz versions of Berlin-era Bowie, quite a big change of style.)

Hungryhalibut posted:

We have just booked to the the Uriel Herman Trio at Duc des Lombards in Paris, in a couple of weeks time. It has a good restaurant too, which will be good. 

Yep. I think that venue trumps my recent visit to the Wedgwood Rooms, Albert Rd in Pompey, Nigel. 

dave marshall posted:

Went to see Wilko Johnson at Leeds Uni. last night, and the band were in storming form.

What a blast from the past!

I recall seeing a huge CD display of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot at Virgin mega store.

Does he still sounds like he has a severe case of cold?

St George's again. Lunchtime, Les Kasper'girls. French baroque songs and music, period instruments. How to describe this, light, summery, fun. Delicate instrumental and beautiful singing. The characterisation by the singers was superb, possibly raunchy and not entirely period but very entertaining. Sadly no CD yet available, a couple of examples on YouTube. 

Program

Brahms Tragic Overture
Schumann Violin Concerto
Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 (Organ)

[ENCORE]
Faust – Bach Sarabande from Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004
Jacobs – Bach Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543

Krivine was much more animated and gave the orchestra dynamic direction. Nothing beats the live organ symphony!. We were sitting at the terrace right in front of the pipes. Flipside was I was too far away from Faust coupled with poor acoustic, could not appreciate the warm subtle tones of her fiddle. But her skillful phrasing and transparency came through just fine. It was interesting that Schumann's violin concerto has been never played so this was a dual *debut*. ( This was Faust's CSO debut, as well ) It's really a beautiful concerto. I am surprised it has not been played often.

Salonen/CSO: Mahler 9

I felt that the tension was lacking compared to MTT's reading a few years back at the Orchestra Hall. In some spots, tempo was too hurried nevertheless, I always enjoy Mahler program. Salonen is one of those director that is always *promising* but a bit short on delivering the goods when it comes to classical repertoire for me.

 

Merek JANOWSKI/CSO: WAGNER & BEETHOVEN 4

PROGRAM

Weber Overture to Euryanthe
Beethoven Symphony No. 4
Wagner Overture and Venusberg Music from Tannhäuser 
Wagner Prelude to Act 3 of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Wagner Prelude to Act 1 of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

wow. what a nice surprise this was! I was not familair with this Austrian conductor but he certainly gave a sophisticated yet bouncy rhythmic pulse to the CSO on all program today.

It's a light touch over all yet his cliche free direction gave all these war horse program a fresh contemporary feel. He was moving and bopping all through reminded me a bit of Karl Bohm. He drew warm yet transparent tone out of the band. He was in an absolute control of the band yet never sounded forced, the music just pours out. Timing was just impeccable with exacting clarity. Very easy to follow the tune. 

Wagner never sounded better. Chicago brass section was on song adding bronzy coloured sheen. Apparently this was his Orchestra Hall debut. I hope he'll be back again as I enjoyed his mature skillful but bubbly reading very much.

We spent a most enjoyable evening listening to Bookends, a rather splendid Simon & Garfunkel tribute band, at the very quaint Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds. Highly recommended, both the band and venue. One tends to forget just how many wonderful songs S & G recorded, here played beautifully, with just the right degree of variance from the originals. The lads were good raconteurs between songs, making for great entertainment.

kuma posted:
Morton posted:

It looks magnificent, I will be in Bayreuth in August for Parsifal and this is on our list of places to visit.

Morton,

Hope you bring back a few photographs from Bayreuth!

Will do, we will also be visiting Nurnberg and the recently reopened Wagner museum at Villa Wahnfried.

kuma posted:

Merek JANOWSKI/CSO: WAGNER & BEETHOVEN 4

PROGRAM

Weber Overture to Euryanthe
Beethoven Symphony No. 4
Wagner Overture and Venusberg Music from Tannhäuser 
Wagner Prelude to Act 3 of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Wagner Prelude to Act 1 of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

wow. what a nice surprise this was! I was not familair with this Austrian conductor but he certainly gave a sophisticated yet bouncy rhythmic pulse to the CSO on all program today.

It's a light touch over all yet his cliche free direction gave all these war horse program a fresh contemporary feel. He was moving and bopping all through reminded me a bit of Karl Bohm. He drew warm yet transparent tone out of the band. He was in an absolute control of the band yet never sounded forced, the music just pours out. Timing was just impeccable with exacting clarity. Very easy to follow the tune. 

Wagner never sounded better. Chicago brass section was on song adding bronzy coloured sheen. Apparently this was his Orchestra Hall debut. I hope he'll be back again as I enjoyed his mature skillful but bubbly reading very much.

That looks like a wonderful concert, the Meistersinger 3rd Act prelude is incredibly moving.

kuma posted:

Nice itinerary Morton.

I forwarded a ticket purchase info for Bayreuth to a friend to see if he can score 'em.

How many years did you have to wait for yours?

I first applied for tickets (without success) in the late 1970’s then gave up.

Recently I thought I would have another go, so for the past three years I have been applying in September for the following August, again without success.  I then found out that they keep some tickets back and release them on a first come first served basis, for this year it was on March 18th.

 I waited online in a queue for about a hour but was eventually able to get two good tickets for Parsifal, the downside being that any movement up the queue for tickets I had accrued by applying in September every year has, I think, now been lost.

We are in Manchester at the moment for an excellent concert performance of Siegfried, with the Halle orchestra conducted by Mark Elder, acts one and two were last night, act three was tonight.

Simon O’Neill sang Siegfried, possibly for the first time, he was the only one to have a music stand. He did miss a couple of lines but he did have a beautiful musical tone for this killer of a role.

He has previously sang Lohengrin and Parsifal at Bayreuth, Andreas Schager is Parsifal this year.

The Stones at Old Trafford, Manchester, last night.

What to say?

Having seen them many times in the past, I've never seen them so "on it" as they were last night.

They absolutely nailed every song, and were on stage for a full two hours.

We were down on the pitch, rather than in the stands, and the atmosphere was just one huge party, with much dancing and singing.

An unforgettable evening. 

Not my video clips, as I was too busy partying with my daughter down on the pitch!

"Borrowed" from YouTube,  so credit to Natalie Natters, and her YouTube channel.

Here's Midnight Rambler ............ stunning!

Finally, apologies to Richard, if these videos are taking up too much real estate on the site, but I'm sure lots of folks on here will enjoy watching them. 

Oops! Falling behind again! Time to catch up!

To the Hand in Hand in Brixton, for the usual Sunday night jam. Playing this time were Ese & The Vooduu People, along with a horde of local musicians chipping in - including the legendary Nik Turner from Hawkwind (now well into his 70s but still very sprightly) and Jah Wobble's singer Aurora Dawn. A highlight was a 23 minute version of the Stone Roses' "I Wanna Be Adored" with the aforementioned Mr Turner on sax! Two and a half hours' worth of music!

Setlist: Up in Smoke/Police & Thieves/Home Is Where The Hatred Is/Where Did I Go Wrong?/Family Affair/Instrumental Jam/Grey/Valerie/I Don't Mind/She Said/Fairytale/Oh Well/You Can't Judge A Book By Looking At Its Cover/I Want Candy/Whoo-Hoo Jam/Alien/I Wanna Be Adored/Silver Spoon.

In the middle of The Big Freeze, on 27th Feb I schlepped over to Café Oto in Dalston to see the fabulous Chris Forsyth and his Solar Motel Band. A superb improvisatory guitar trio, they certainly warmed the place up with their two sets (material gleaned mostly from the last two albums), and I enjoyed a long chat with Chris afterwards.

Here's what they sound like, for those interested:

7th March, and to the Albert Hall to see Morrissey (I was lucky enough to be given a £100 ticket for nowt). I hadn't seen the old curmudgeon in years, so was interested to see how he'd aged. He remains an amazingly charismsatic performer, with a strong anti-authoritarian streak, although it's obvious that he misses Marr's input. His new material was much stronger than I'd been led to believe, too, and I liked how he didn't rely too heavily (hardly at all, in fact) on his Smiths back catalogue. A great night.

We were at Longborough Opera yesterday for the first night of The Flying Dutchman, a fine music performance but a rather static staging. It’s always a pleasure to go to Longborough, we are only about a half hour away so go every year. 

Martin Graham did a little speech before the start announcing they are starting a new Ring cycle with Das Rheingold next year with a full Ring scheduled for 2023. He also introduced Lady Solti, Georg Solti’s widow, who was in the audience.

I stilled owed everybody a review of the concert at the Opernhaus in Bayreuth of Michael Wollny. It was a dream evening. All ingredients worked out to be good. To start with it was a nice sunny evening. And I arrived timely enough to enjoy an ice in the sun in this nice historic setting. Then the doors opened and it was like stepping into a museum. Wow what an impressive theater. All wood, well restored and maintained. I have made quite some inside pictures. See also below. Then the seat I was expecting to have a bad seat as it’s such an old setup, but no the seat was comfortable. And I had a good sight on the musicians. And the the concert was also a dream. The concert I saw before two or three years ago on the album Nactfahrten was lyrical and just one of the better concerts I have been at. The concert on Monday didn’t have that attraction as it was a mix of chamber music, chamber jazz, free jazz and regular modern jazz. But what made it so special was the fact how the guys switch on the spot between chamber, free, and normal,modern jazz. It was really played on the highest level and very rewarding because the acoustic where also different from the usual jazz concert. So all in all a top concert - and an experience I will not easily forget. Below the photos and some video if that works. I didn’t have the ability to video the most exciting parts of the process but at least it gives a bit of an I,Pression...

 

Morton posted:
Recently I thought I would have another go, so for the past three years I have been applying in September for the following August, again without success.  I then found out that they keep some tickets back and release them on a first come first served basis, for this year it was on March 18th.

 I waited online in a queue for about a hour but was eventually able to get two good tickets for Parsifal, the downside being that any movement up the queue for tickets I had accrued by applying in September every year has, I think, now been lost.

 

Thanks Morton.

You were determined! 

My friend is not as *die hard* Wagner fan as you are but he's well travelled and will certainly appreciate it for sure. 

Who's gonna be the dirigent on the program?

Uwe Eric Laufenberg.

Full info here;

https://www.bayreuther-festspi...e/schedule/parsifal/

We are currently on our way to Budapest for a few days, which just happens to coincide with their annual Wagner festival, so we are going to a concert performance of Tristan und Isolde on Wednesday at the Béla Bartók concert hall, which is said to have very good acoustics.

Matti Salminen is the King Mark!

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