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92Y Online Concert - The Emerson String Quartet and Yefim Bronfman, piano. Viewed November 19, 2020.
Live Broadcast on November 19, 2020. Part of the 10-concert subscription series. Program Schumann, Movements 2 & 3 from String Quartet in A Major, Op. 41, No. 3 (1842). Brahms, Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34 (1864). Even during these COVID times when I seldom go anywhere, I still had trouble catching too many of these 92Y concerts live. Go figure. In any case, I caught up with this later in the evening, thus both "viewed" and "live" dates are November 19. Another enjoyable concert. Only remark I had was about Bronfman's appearance: he appeared thinner, not as impeccably groomed as he used to be for the live concerts I attended (most notable was his somewhat unkempt hair, which was a lot whiter than I expected), and didn't push himself up as much. Overall, he looked a lot healthier. The quartet only played two of […]
Live broadcast on November 17, 2020. Part of the 10-concert subscription series. Program William Grant Still (1895-1978): Seven Traceries (1940) Sir Roland Hanna (1932-2002): Century Rag Willie “The Lion” Smith (1893-1973): “Fading Star” James P. Johnson (1894-1955): “Keep Off the Grass" Wynton Guess: “J-Walking” Duke Ellington (1899-1974): “New World A-Comin’” R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943): “Juba Dance” This is a program of works by (mostly) African American composers, with quite a few in what I would call the Jazz genre. Below are some of the notes I jotted down, some from what Diehl said on stage, and some from the web. Diehl is a young (early 30s) jazz pianist with classical training at Julliard. We heard him performing with the New Jersey Symphony in December, 2018. The piece by Still was the longest, the seven traceries being the seven attributes of God. The movements are: Cloud Cradles, Mystic […]
92Y Online Concert - Anthony McGill, clarinet and Members of the New York Philharmonic. Novemeber 12, 2020.
Live Broadcast from 92Y ($10). Program Mendelssohn, String Quartet in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1 (1838) Coleridge-Taylor, Clarinet Quintet in F-sharp Minor, Op. 10 (1895) New York Philharmonic members Yulia Ziskel, violin; Na Sun, violin; Cynthia Phelps, viola; Nathan Vickery, cello. How much the concert can be enjoyed depends very much on how well the internet is working at the moment of broadcast. Today the network was somewhat unstable. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the Mendelssohn piece and learned something about Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. The clarinet quintet probably would sound better if one gets more familiar with it, although the last movement was quite easy to like. The movements of the compositions are as follows. For Mendelssohn: (1) Molto allegro vivace; (2) Menuetto: Un poco Allegretto; (3) Andante espressivo ma con moto; and (4) Presto con brio. For Coleridge-Taylor: (1) Allegro energico; (2) Larghetto affecttuoso - Molto espressivo; […]
Live Broadcast from 92Y ($10) Program Grieg, Sonata No. 2 in G Major, Op. 13 Mozart, Sonata in E-flat Major, K. 302 Franck, Sonata in A Major This was the fourth concert in this online series at the 92Y, and was the most enjoyable one so far. First, the movements of the sonatas: Grieg (1867): Lento doloroso - Allegro vivace; Allegretto tranquillo; Allegro animato. Mozart (1778): Allegro; Andante grazioso. Franck (1886): Allegretto ben moderato; Allegro; Ben moderato: Recitativo-Fantasia; Allegretto poco mosso. While Midori was definitely the headline artist, Jokubaviciute also put in a remarkable performance. It's a pity that the cameras were mostly focused on the violinist.
The program was broadcast live on November 4, I viewed it a day later. This was part of the 10-concert series subscription. Program Beethoven String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130 (with Grosse Fuge, Op. 133). The history of the composition is somewhat interesting. Beethoven first completed the piece in the form played tonight. The reception to the last movement at the work's premiere was negative, and at his publisher's urging Beethoven replaced it with Finale: Allegro in B-flat major, and the original sixth movement (Gross Fuge) was published as a stand-alone work numbered Op. 133. Modern performances tend to go back to Beethoven's original version, although some argue the best interpretation is to play the "modified" work followed by the Grand Fugue, thus making the quartet a seven-movement work. Beethoven completed the replacement Finale in late 1826. The first performance of the modified quartet was […]
Live Broadcast - Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Louis Langree, conductor; Augustin Hadelich, violin. October 24, 2020.
Program The Unanswered Question by Charles Ives (1874-1954). Concerto in A Major for Violin and String Orchestra, Op. 5, No. 2 by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1754-1799). Pulcinella Suite by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971). CSO is offering a series of digital concerts for free, donations accepted. This is the first live concert I have viewed since COVID restrictions hit in mid-March. There were a maximum of about 40 musicians on stage, which can easily accommodate four times as many people. Each musician sits alone, with partitions between the wind instruments. All other players wear masks, and the seating is "reversed" so the conductor is in the back of the stage and the winds at the front: makes sense as the front is most open. I have heard the Ives piece a couple of times before, performed by the New York Phil, conducted by Dudamel and Gilbert. Here Langree said […]
Original Performance Date: March 22, 2010. Location: Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv. Program - All-Beethoven Egmont Overture, Op. 84 Triple Concerto in C Major, Op. 56 Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 (Pastoral) Trio Members Giora Schmidt, violin; Zuill Bailey, cello; Navah Perlman, piano. I came across this concert while browsing through the ALL ARTS channel schedule. I have never seen Itzhak Perlman conduct, so that would be something new. Navah is Perlman's daughter and a sufferer of rheumatoid arthritis. She was about 40 years ago when she performed at this concert. The concert recordings are also available on YouTube. I actually watched the entire concert via a combination of YouTube and ALL ARTS viewings. I got the date of the performance from a YouTube recording. All the pieces are quite standard, and the performance was most enjoyable.
92Y Online Concert – Tai Murray, violin & Hee-Kyung Juhn, piano, play Beethoven and Jeffrey Scott. October 15, 2020.
"Live" Broadcast from 92Y ($10). Program Beethoven, Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24 "Spring" Jeffrey Scott, Transparencia (2015) Beethoven, Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer" Today's program worked much better than the one on Tuesday. I enjoyed it very much. Much of that was undoubtedly due to my familiarity with the two Beethoven sonatas, which are "requirements" for violin students in their career. I haven't listened to either sonata for a while, and Murray certainly attacked them with a lot of gusto, and in an unorthodox manner in some instances. Not that the sound was very different, but the bowing was certainly not how I remembered it. Both pieces were performed very well, although I thought the pianist could have asserted herself more forcefully when she had the baton, so to speak. The movements of the Beethoven sonatas […]
“Live” Broadcast from 92Y ($10). Program Mendelssohn, Selections from Four Pieces, Op. 81 Haydn, Quartet in D Major, Op. 17, No. 6 Mendelssohn, String Quintet No. 2 in -flat Major, Op. 87 (with Hsin-Yun Huang, viola) Quartet Members Mark Steinberg, Serena Canin – Violin; Misha Amory – Viola; Nina Lee – Cello 92Y offered a series of solo recitals and chamber concerts at $15 each, discounted to $10 each if one signed up for all 10. It is a rather impressive list of artists, at a very reasonable price. It is very difficult to locate on the 92Y website the program for the concert, and I still can’t find any notes on the different pieces being played. One would think that would be a natural, what with the concert being on-line only. I did manage to locate the music scores for the pieces, and able […]
Original Performance Date: April 21, 1990. Conductor - James Levine. Brunnhilde - Hildegard Behrens, Siegfried - Siegfried Jerusalem, Hagen - Matti Salminen, Waltrute - Christa Ludwig, Gutrune - Hanna Lisowska, Gunther - Anthony Raffell, Alberich - Ekkehard Wlaschiha, Norns - Gweneth Bean, Joyce Castle, Andrea Gruber; Woglinde - Kaaren Erickson, Wallgunda - Diana Kesling, Flosshilde - Meredith Parsons. One reaction I didn't expect to have is that I prefer the 24-plank set to this one, described (somewhere) as the one truest to Wagner's original concept (at least until then, and who is to judge?). Behrens got hurt at the end of one of the Gotterdammerung Valhalla destruction scenes, and had to withdraw from the last cycle. Since she also sang in the April 26, 1990 Siegfried, one can assume it wasn't at this performance. She would die in her early 70s while traveling in Japan. The quality of the video […]