Concert Review: Nieuw Ensemble in Taipei

Sonic Portraits (aka This century part 2: The modern experience) In part two, we’ll be discussing the actual concert that kind of got me to thinking about all this to begin with. I was invited sort of last minute (actually about a week ahead of time) by a friend of my piano teacher’s (who is/will be my music theory/composition teacher) to attend this concert on a Saturday evening. I vaguely remember seeing it listed in December’s program, but it was a two-night thing, and I was unavailable the first night, so I didn’t give it a second look. The main reason, … Continue reading Concert Review: Nieuw Ensemble in Taipei

On this day: December 29-31

This will take us right to the end of the year. January 1-4 will be in the first post of the year. Time does fly.  December 29 Births: 1876 – Pablo Casals, Catalan cellist and conductor (d. 1973) 1919 – Roman Vlad, Italian pianist and composer (d. 2013) 1974 – Ryan Shore, Canadian composer and producer; Howard’s nephew Deaths: 1959 – Robin Milford, English composer (b. 1903) 2001 – Takashi Asahina, Japanese conductor (b. 1908) 2013 – Wojciech Kilar, Polish composer (b. 1932) December 30 Births: 1678 – William Croft, English organist and composer (d. 1727) 1853 – André Messager, French pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1929) 1904 – Dmitry Kabalevsky, Russian composer (d. 1987) … Continue reading On this day: December 29-31

On this day: week of December 22, 2014

It’s the last full week of 2014. December 22 1808 – Ludwig van Beethoven conducts and performs in concert at the Theater an der Wien, Vienna, with the premiere of his Fifth Symphony, Sixth Symphony, Fourth Piano Concerto (performed by Beethoven himself) and Choral Fantasy (with Beethoven at the piano). Hell of a concert…. Births: 1723 – Carl Friedrich Abel, German viol player and composer (d. 1787) 1819 – Franz Abt, German composer and conductor (d. 1870) 1858 – Giacomo Puccini, Italian composer (d. 1924) 1874 – Franz Schmidt, Austrian cellist, pianist, and composer (d. 1939) 1883 – Edgard Varèse, French-American composer (d. 1965) 1901 – Andre Kostelanetz, Russian-American conductor and composer (d. 1980) Deaths: 1992 – Harry Bluestone, English violinist and composer (b. 1907) 2006 … Continue reading On this day: week of December 22, 2014

Concert Review: A Ninth to Remember

National Concert Hall, Taipei, Taiwan A while back on this post, I discussed somewhat of an issue with being so excited to hear Mahler’s ninth live. I’ve mentioned it in way too many places to link to the posts, but I’ve become rather enamored with Mahler’s music in the past year or so, and it is now bordering on an obsession. It started with the fifth, the first of his works to appear here, and then the second, then the first, then the sixth. And I am realizing either because of context (understanding of a greater portion of the man’s … Continue reading Concert Review: A Ninth to Remember

Concert Review: 臺北世紀青年管弦樂團- An Evening of Mahler

  I went a few weeks ago to hear this ensemble (see my remarks below about the name) play in our National Concert Hall here in Taipei. This past year or so, I’ve been working through an obsession with the works of Mahler. I still haven’t cracked into Das Lied or some of the song cycles much, but have gotten my head around most of the symphonies. It’s mostly three and nine that are left to really be explored, as well as whatever exists of the tenth in its various forms. I spent most of the summer not going to … Continue reading Concert Review: 臺北世紀青年管弦樂團- An Evening of Mahler

Concert Review: Asian Youth Orchestra

Last month, I had the last minute opportunity to see the Asian Youth Orchestra live here in Taipei from just about the best seats in the concert hall (and for free, no less). I had originally planned on attending that evening’s performance, but of the four events I had decided to go to, it was the least enticing program (up against the likes of Mahler and Sibelius, two of my favorites), so it got the hack. Also, it was a Monday night, which tends to be somewhat more inconvenient. As it turns out, a coworker had two extra tickets (center … Continue reading Concert Review: Asian Youth Orchestra