Sunday, 17 October 2010

Brum Concerts x 3

Town hall twice: Beethoven (4th Symphony), Haydn symphony 96th , Mozart violin concerto. The Haydn was new to me and the Beethoven familiar from playing it the day before. Enjoyable to hear the familiar and unfamiliar together.
Today: Ex Cathedra singing Monteverdi Vespers, powerful church music in praise of the Virgin Mary. High quality as ever. Not sure about the V.M. stuff, but it formed an effective frame.

Symphony hall : surprise tickets for Rachmaninov and Lutoslawski, Variations on a theme of Paganini (both), a concerto for orchestra (Lutoslawski) and the Isle of the Dead from a German painting, haunting, atmospheric and all that. Dramatic piano music. Super evening in fact, new and familiar again and all really refreshingly played.

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