I feel like we’ve been waiting for ages for this concert. And what a concert it was. Fazıl Say seems to be everywhere lately, literally and figuratively. He’s performing all over Europe, having recently played Beethoven’s Emperor concerto somewhere in Turkey, I … Continue reading TSO & Fazıl Say
performed by Wayne Marshall and the Aalborg Symphony, or below by Earl Wild and the Boston Pops under Arthur Fielder Jazz. I don’t like it. But I’m also willing to admit when I’m wrong. Earlier this year I was present … Continue reading George Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
led by the incredible Wayne Marshall Nights like tonight are a testament to the importance of an inspiring leader. It’s not terribly often one walks into a concert with a program of works all by one composer, but that is, as the … Continue reading TSO’s Gershwin, Relax!
I look here and there for good ‘beginner’ concerts, evenings with programs that would be really good for someone whose never set foot in a concert hall before. In thinking about that, I wrote yesterday’s post about what for me … Continue reading Concert Review: NSO- An Evening of Piano Concertos
July 7 Births: 1860 – Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer (d. 1911)- Oh. Yeah. One of the greatest symphonists of all time. Ever. And a brilliant conductor, all around genius musician. 1911 – Gian Carlo Menotti, Italian-American composer (d. 2007) 1976 – Vasily Petrenko, Russian conductor Deaths: 1987 – Germaine Thyssens-Valentin, Dutch-French pianist (b. 1902) 2003 – Izhak Graziani, Bulgarian conductor (b. 1924) July 8 Births: 1604 – Heinrich Albert, German composer and poet (d. 1651) 1882 – Percy Grainger, Australian-American pianist and composer (d. 1961) As cooky (and apparently perverted) as this guy was, I absolutely love his works. We played quite a few in high school. 1900 – George Antheil, American pianist, composer, and author … Continue reading On this day: Week of July 7, 2014