Joe's Concert Reviews

Joe's Concert Reviews is a English-speaking blog specialized in the field of classical music and opera. As such, Joe's Concert Reviews is a qualified source of soClassiQ, like ArtsJournal: music or The Violin Channel and many others. The oldest article indexed by soClassiQ is dated 2012-01-14. Since then, a total of 518 articles have been written and published by Joe's Concert Reviews.

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Joe's Concert Reviews

2020-03-11 05:29:00

Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center.  Balcony (Seat C119, $104.50). Story.  See previous post. Conductor – Betrand de Billy.  Violetta – Lisette Oropesa; Baron Douphol – Dwayne Croft; Alfredo – Piero Pretti; Annina – Maria Zifchak; Germont – Luca Salsi. When I did my CYO series a while ago, I reluctantly included this opera so we could have the required number of operas for the subscription.  My original plan was to switch to an opera we might actually want to see, thanks to the generous exchange policies of the Met.  Nothing wrong with the opera, except my perceived familiarity with it.  A search on this blog returned only two entries: once by NYCO, once by the Met.  And the Met one was in 2013. I am glad I never got around to exchanging the […]

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2020-03-07 21:07:00

Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall.  Balcony (Seat F120, $0). Program – All-Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 5, No. 2 (1796). Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op. 30, No. 1 (1801-1802). Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 730, No. 2 (1808). We again got tickets from our friend, who bought them for $101 each. Tonight’s program was a lot more satisfying than the one prior.  The pieces all seemed a bit more complex, and with the good interplay among the musicians, a lot more enjoyable.  As I listened to the pieces, I thought I had something to say.  Typing this a day later, however, I have forgotten those points. The movements of the cello sonata are: Adagio sostenuto ed espressivo – Allegro molto piu tosto presto; and Rondo: Allegro.  For the violin sonata: Allegro; […]

Joe's Concert Reviews

2020-03-08 21:29:00

David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center.  Orchestra (Seat S113, $82.50). Program Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune (1892-94) by Debussy (1862-1918). Nocturnes (1897-99) by Debussy. Scheherazade, Three Poems of Tristan Klingsor for Voice and Orchestra (1903) by Ravel (1875-1937). Le Poeme de l’extase, Op. 54 (1905-08) by Scriabin (1875-1937). One could tell this is an eclectic program just by the fact that all the titles are in Italics.  Nothing simple like Symphony No. 3 or sonata no. 4.  In my case, other than the Debussy Prelude (a short work), all the other pieces would be new. I was surprised this was Langree’s NY Phil debut.  He has been for a long time the music director during the summer Mostly Mozart Festivals at Lincoln Center, and by all indications the force behind that Festival being very popular.  A couple […]

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2020-03-05 20:17:00

Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall.  Balcony (Seat D38, $0). Program – All-Beethoven (1770-1827). Seven Variations on “Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen” after Mozart’s Die Zauberflote, WoO 46 (1801). Cello Sonata No. 4 in C Major, Op. 102, No. 1 (1815). Violin Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96 (1812, rev. ca. 1814-1815). Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 3 (1794-1795). First a note about the price.  We got these tickets from our friend CS who was not able to attend the concert.  The value of the ticket as printed is $84.  Sitting around us were two ladies who got rush tickets that morning for $10 each, and a couple who got it “off the street” for $35 each.  The ladies had to stand in line starting at 9:30 am (rush tickets available at 11); and I wouldn’t buy tickets […]

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2020-03-02 19:53:00

State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick.  Orchestra (Seat G104, $49). Program Overture to the Magic Flute, K. 620 (1791) by Mozart (1756-1791). Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64 (1844, rev. 1845) by Mendelssohn (1809-1847). Symphony No. 6 in A Major (1879-1881) by Bruckner (1824-1896). This is the last of five entries I end up writing in the span of two days.  Didn’t quite get to finish all five in one day. To those eagerly awaiting to hear if we saw the NJSO cellist tonight.  No, we didn’t.  Therefore the intrigue continues. With Bruckner on the program, it’s not like the NJSO could do with one fewer musician; I suppose there are many qualified extras who could fill the role. The program started with a light-hearted and delightful overture from the Magic Flute.  This opera was Mozart’s last.  Mozart conducted […]

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2020-03-01 07:12:00

David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center.  Orchestra (Seat O104, $66). Program: All-Mahler (1860-1911). Kindertotenlieder (1901-04). Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor (1901-02). Today is March 1, and I have fallen way behind with my blog entries.  I need to write about this concert, Agrippina and Cosi Fan Tutti at the MET, a New York Phil concert, and last night’s NJ Symphony concert.  And I want to finish these by the end of today.  (It is 1:30 am now.) This was our first encounter with Kindertotenlieder. Mahler’s daughter Maria Anna died in 1907, Mahler remarked later that he could not have written these songs anymore as the death was too personal.  Instead, Mahler might have been motivated by the early deaths of his own siblings, and the poet Friedrich Ruckert penned several hundred Kindertotenlieder after two of his own children died. […]

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2020-03-02 06:45:00

David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center.  Orchestra (Seat DD104, $66.50). Program Babylon Suite (2014) by Widmann (b. 1973). Symphonia domestica, Op. 53 (1902-03) by Strauss (1864-1949). We are now on the fourth blog entry.  And it will be short. Per the Playbill, Jorg Widmann was commissioned by the Bavarian Staatsoper to write an opera (his third) which resulted in “Babylon.”  The resultant work, first performed in 2012, is described as “personnel from the orchestra pit overflows into the side boxes of the theater, … provides lush, extremely colorful sonic experiences.”  The work was also “greeted with a range of critical response, including a lot of head-scratching.”  He was further commission by several organizations to excerpt a suite from the orchestra, condensing the three-hour composition into 30 minutes.  He probably didn’t try very hard to reduce the instrumentation, as the […]

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2020-03-02 03:14:00

Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center.  Orchestra (Seat Q16, $25). Story.  The sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella are in love with Guglielmo and Ferrando respectively.  The men’s friend Don Alfonso bets that these women will quickly fall for other people if the opportunity arises.  They place a bet on whether the women will remain faithful.  To do so, the men pretend they are being called up to the war.  The girls are heartbroken, and the maid Despina is bribed by Alfonso to introduce the disguised men as infatuated admirers of the two women.  While they resist at first, the women decide there is no harm in amusing themselves, with each woman picking the other’s finance (in disguise).  Dorabella quickly gives in to Guglielmo, and eventually Fiordiligi falls for Ferrando.  They agree to get married, and as the ceremony proceeds the two men switch back to themselves.  After the entire […]

Joe's Concert Reviews

2020-03-02 00:14:00

Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center.  Balcony (Seat C118, $87.50). Story.  When it is thought that the Roman Emperor Claudio is lost at sea, his wife Agrippina wants to have Nerone, her son from a previous marriage, installed as the new Caesar.  She does this by encouraging Nerone to do charity work and recruits help from Pallante and Narciso by promising them sexual favors.  As it turns out, Claudio was saved by Ottone and has promised Ottone the throne.  Meanwhile, Claudio, Nerone and Ottone are all enamored to the courtesan Poppea, who loves Ottone.  Agrippina tries to turn Claudio against Ottone by telling Poppea that Ottone is willing to give her up for the throne, and have Poppea telling Claudio that Ottone is standing in the way.  Pallante and Narciso also discover Agrippina’s deceit, and decide to cooperate.  When Claudio returns to the city, he calls Ottone a […]

Joe's Concert Reviews

2020-02-24 21:06:00

David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center.  Orchestra (Seat Q3, $66). Program: All-Dvorak (1841-1904) Legend, Op. 59, No. 10 (1881). Misto kiekani (“Evening blessing”), from Four Choruses (1876-78). Slavonic Dance, Op. 46, No. 7 (1878). Violin Concerto in A minor (1879). Symphony No. 8 in G major (1889). When Lincoln Center Great Performers released $55 seats, I bought tickets to five concerts.  (They also charge $11 in fees per ticket.)  Three Sunday concerts for myself (as Anne has commitments Sunday afternoons) and two Monday concerts for the two of us.  I have always enjoyed listening to orchestras other than the NY Phil and NJSO, so look forward to hearing these orchestras in the coming months. I have some familiarity with both the orchestra and the conductor, having heard them several times in the past (though a review of this […]

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