I just went to my first concert yesterday.

Locked
J Nguyen
Posts: 34
Joined: Sat Nov 04, 2006 10:14 am
Location: Orange County

I just went to my first concert yesterday.

Post by J Nguyen » Sun Nov 19, 2006 12:24 pm

I really enjoyed it. It was a great experience.

The Pacific Symphony was playing Ravel's Mother Goose suite, Danielpour's Child's Reliquary, and Beethoven's "Eroica".

Ravel's Mother Goose was just beautiful and magical. The "Pavane" was elegant. The "Tom Thumb" was mysterious; I could easily see Tom Thumb wandering. One particular effect that wowed me was the pizzicato; I honestly thought that birds were in the concert hall! The "Ugly Little Girl, Empress of the Pagodas" was amazing. It was just so lively and energetic. The "Conversation between Beauty and the Beast" was good as well. I could easily see the exchange of words between Beauty and the Beast. The "Fairy Garden" was wonderful. It was elegant and magical. I love how it begins with just one section of the orchestra playing softly and how by the end I was being bombarded with beautiful sounds.

The orchestrated version of the Child's Reliquary premiered at this concert series. The orchestration was dark, but not completely tragic. It reminds me of a person looking back at a loved one and experience a sense of sadness, but also serenity. Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson were great.
The first movement's mysterious and implied a tragic event. The second movement, which represented child playing, alternated between being a brisk playfulness and a restful calmness. The third movement was melancholy. The brass, bassoons, and piano constantly reminded the audience of the tragic event that happened.

The Eroica was great as well. The first movement was passionate and fiery ; it culminated in the explosive coda. The Funeral March struck me with grief and a somber remembrance. The scherzo was light and playful. The finale was powerful and heroic. St.Clair's conducting was powerful and passionate and his performers were passionate as well. I felt that the French Horn players and bassoonist played really well.

Overall, I really enjoyed my first concert. I feel that this was an amazing and indispensable experience. I'm really looking forward to going to another concert soon.

Hexameron
Posts: 12
Joined: Tue Nov 14, 2006 12:37 am
Location: Winston-Salem, NC US

Post by Hexameron » Sun Nov 19, 2006 1:54 pm

Hearing the "Eroica" live is an enviable experience. Glad you were engrossed and ultimately pleased, even with the rather peculiar selections from Ravel and Danielpour.

Any idea what concert you'll be attending next?

Lark Ascending
Posts: 95
Joined: Sun Oct 09, 2005 1:53 pm
Location: Great Britain

Post by Lark Ascending » Sun Nov 19, 2006 2:07 pm

Ravel's Mother Goose Suite is a favourite of mine, so thank you for sharing your impressions of your first concert.
"Look here, I have given up my time, my work, my friends and my career to come here and learn from you, and I am not going to write a petit menuet dans le style de Mozart." - Ralph Vaughan Williams to Maurice Ravel

Lance
Site Administrator
Posts: 18291
Joined: Fri Mar 25, 2005 1:27 am
Location: Binghamton, New York
Contact:

Post by Lance » Sun Nov 19, 2006 2:48 pm

Congratulations on hearing your first concert. You have opened a whole new chapter of your book of life, one that I'm sure will be filled with riches for your entire life. And what a fine job you did in describing what you heard! It's been a while since I've heard the "Eroica" live ... I'm envious! :)
Lance G. Hill
Editor-in-Chief
______________________________________________________

When she started to play, Mr. Steinway came down and personally
rubbed his name off the piano. [Speaking about pianist &*$#@+#]

Image

Heck148
Posts: 3561
Joined: Sun Jul 06, 2003 11:53 pm
Location: New England

Re: I just went to my first concert yesterday.

Post by Heck148 » Sun Nov 19, 2006 3:14 pm

J Nguyen wrote:I really enjoyed it. It was a great experience.

Overall, I really enjoyed my first concert. I feel that this was an amazing and indispensable experience. I'm really looking forward to going to another concert soon.
great!! you can't beat live music....so glad you enjoyed it.. :D

Sapphire
Posts: 693
Joined: Fri Oct 13, 2006 2:23 am

Post by Sapphire » Sun Nov 19, 2006 3:27 pm

Nguyen

Glad you enjoyed it all.

It reminds me it's about time I re-listened to the Eroica. It must be, er, I guess all of two weeks!


Saphire

Hexameron
Posts: 12
Joined: Tue Nov 14, 2006 12:37 am
Location: Winston-Salem, NC US

Post by Hexameron » Sun Nov 19, 2006 5:23 pm

Saphire, maybe you'd like to try the Eroica in Piano Transcription form. 8)

Ralph
Dittersdorf Specialist & CMG NY Host
Posts: 20996
Joined: Fri Mar 25, 2005 6:54 am
Location: Paradise on Earth, New York, NY

Post by Ralph » Sun Nov 19, 2006 7:25 pm

Great! Hope you will now be able to attend often.
Image

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."

Albert Einstein

Sapphire
Posts: 693
Joined: Fri Oct 13, 2006 2:23 am

Post by Sapphire » Mon Nov 20, 2006 4:09 pm

Hexameron wrote:Saphire, maybe you'd like to try the Eroica in Piano Transcription form. 8)
Hexameron.

Thanks. Is this an anti-addiction recommendation?

I think I'll just keep taking the pills. I might try a patch next. Failing that, it'll be therapy (soft couch, you know).

If all fails, I'll try the piano transcription.


Saphire

Jack Kelso
Posts: 3004
Joined: Sun Jun 12, 2005 11:52 pm
Location: Mannheim, Germany

Post by Jack Kelso » Tue Nov 21, 2006 8:14 am

Saphire wrote:
Hexameron wrote:Saphire, maybe you'd like to try the Eroica in Piano Transcription form. 8)
Hexameron.

Thanks. Is this an anti-addiction recommendation?

I think I'll just keep taking the pills. I might try a patch next. Failing that, it'll be therapy (soft couch, you know).

If all fails, I'll try the piano transcription.


Saphire
I guess over the years I've heard most of Liszt's piano transcriptions of the Beethoven symphonies----and I feel the 5th fares best in this guise. Brahms' 3rd Symphony also sounds pretty substantial, but I don't think Liszt did that one.

But his own "Les Préludes" is a real winner in this arrangement!

Jack
"Schumann's our music-maker now." ---Robert Browning

Hexameron
Posts: 12
Joined: Tue Nov 14, 2006 12:37 am
Location: Winston-Salem, NC US

Post by Hexameron » Wed Nov 22, 2006 12:50 am

Jack Kelso wrote:Brahms' 3rd Symphony also sounds pretty substantial, but I don't think Liszt did that one.
Do you mean Brahms's own Four Hand arrangement of this symphony or an actual transcription? I'm sure we can agree that there is a major difference between them. Liszt certainly outclassed all of the dull "piano arrangements" of Beethoven's symphonies with his transcriptions. But the Brahms Four Hand arrangements, particularly from the Naxos label, have been godsends. I think all of Brahms's works shine radiantly on the piano because they were arranged by him, not some other incompetent copyist/arranger.

Jack Kelso
Posts: 3004
Joined: Sun Jun 12, 2005 11:52 pm
Location: Mannheim, Germany

Post by Jack Kelso » Wed Nov 22, 2006 1:02 am

Hexameron wrote:
Jack Kelso wrote:Brahms' 3rd Symphony also sounds pretty substantial, but I don't think Liszt did that one.
Do you mean Brahms's own Four Hand arrangement of this symphony or an actual transcription? I'm sure we can agree that there is a major difference between them. Liszt certainly outclassed all of the dull "piano arrangements" of Beethoven's symphonies with his transcriptions. But the Brahms Four Hand arrangements, particularly from the Naxos label, have been godsends. I think all of Brahms's works shine radiantly on the piano because they were arranged by him, not some other incompetent copyist/arranger.
I recorded it from German radio maybe 25 years ago and neglected to note the performer(s). But yes, it's no doubt Brahms' own arrangement.

Jack
"Schumann's our music-maker now." ---Robert Browning

Locked

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests