A week ago heard Frank Peter Zimmermann’s violin live and deeply impressed. It could be the ideal violin sound that I wanted to hear for a long time. For me violin’s sound is often prickly (in case of many violinists) but his bowing allowed for that elegant, generous, healing sound. He played concerto “To the memory of an angel” by Berg. With Alan Gilbert and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony. (My husband and I went to this concert to see Alan Gilbert BTW).
Encore: Bach Partita No.2 Sarabande if I remember it.
Maybe it’s because of his instrument: 1711 Stradivarius which belonged to F. Kreisler, according to the program book. I found his playing the same piece by Berg with the same conductor on Youtube, but it was no comparison to the live performance. This video of Bach doesn’t reproduce that profound, beautiful sound at Suntory Hall……Surprising difference between live performance and video.
He said, “I played a suite by Bach, a piece of Mozart, two sonatines by Scarlatti and even a sonatine of my composition. I was very impressed by playing in those places where my parents told me that Chopin had spent summers during his childhood.”
from XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition - Round II.
He was eliminated and was not qualified for the final.
What is a raison d’être of the competition if they don’t celebrate such an inspiring, promising talent. A big deviation from the orthodox?
Maybe, he needs to structure the piece better by organizing each fragment to give a consistent concept.
His Chopin is not an orthodox performance but it is very brilliant. I believe he deeply loves Chopin. (But was not accepted by the jury….They should have given him another chance.)
(from the round II of Tchaikovsky Competition)
Hope that he will hold on and enjoy playing for people.
Last year I was very much disappointed by the result of the 2010 Chopin competition. They tried to select someone from Europe who is ”outstanding” stage performer and failed, with the result never convincing, because of the “democratic” way of voting.
Another performance in 2006
Journalists and musical critics from the leading mass media outlets of Moscow and St Petersburg, which worked during XIV International Tchaikovsky competition have announced the Independent Prize of the critics (and 150.000 rub - thanks to THE MIKHAIL PROKHOROV FOUNDATION) to be given to him. (July 25, 2011)
I was asked to collect audiences’ impression of how Yonghoon Lee was as Don Carlo during MET Japan tour.He was appointed as Don Carlo on the sudden cancellation by Jonas Kaufmann.I didn’t go to this opera and browsed blogs (actually there are tons of blog posts about MET Japan tour 2011).
Overall, people were impressed favorably by Lee’s youthful and powerful voice. But Lee was overly scrutinized as a replacement of Kaufmann. An opera fan said the way he sings is flat, lacking expression, and often was supported by his colleague in duet.Sometimes he was off his surroundings. But he is handsome and tall and has something appealing about him. A friend of mine, who is a big fan of opera, said “Yong-sama (=dear Yong) was good! It was a big opportunity for him. I’m looking forward to seeing him grow further.” Another said “we saw a star was born!!”
It was a pity that Poplavskaya was not always accepted well.People had high expectations on Frittoli who was taken away to La Boheme and a bit disappointed. But a fan said,” her acting was noble.”
And overall, people praised Luisi and the orchestra. I agree.In La Boheme, the MET orchestra was wonderful, wonderful, always keeping optimal harmony with songs and each sound was just beautiful.Luisi was perfect.He will direct PMF Orchestra in August and my husband and I are looking forward to their concert in Suntory Hall.
Peter Gelb, General Manager of MET, gave a few words of welcome at the beginning of all the performances. Words of condolence to the victims of the 311 disaster, apology for many replacements and thanks for coming. All the audience were given a program pamphlet for free (usually it is20 dollars).
I just want to thank them for coming here under the difficult situation of Japan. We were uplifted by the professionalism of the members, although many of us still have a sense of guilt for doing something enjoyable such as going to concert/opera while there are still 100 thousand displaced people living in shelters and thousands are still missing.
I could not find Lee’s Don Carlo. It is from Toska.
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From Performance Today
“Handheld video, slightly shaky at the beginning, but…this is the video I promised on the air today. Mischa Maisky playing cello, his daughter Lily Maisky at the piano. This is from a concert last fall in Bucharest. Two wonderful musicians, two extravagant heads of hair. —Fred ”
IstvánKertész- Dvorak Symphony No.9 From the New World 1st movement.
“Recently my husband bought CD “The Legacy of István Kertész” and I fell in love with this conductor who died nearly 40 years ago.”
This is what I wrote for the 1st post of this tumblr. Right now I found one of the pieces in the CD has been on Youtube, 1st movement of “From the New World”, with Vienna Symphony Orchestra, recorded at Sofiensaal, Vienna in 1961.
Refreshing, noble, articulate but supple, intelligent and exciting. (I often use these words in my blog to describe my favorite pianist!) Timpani is effectively played.
Urbański also used percussion nicely. Urbanski talks about the difficulty in creating interpretation for Dvorak No.5 (see video of the previous post).
In this No.9 by Kertesz, I was impressed by several distinctive characteristics.
Sofiensaal, Vienna, used for recording by DECCA. Now it fell into ruins.
with NHK Symphony Orchestra, filmed in Japan, 1965, and broadcast on his death in 2007.
Concertmaster is Yoshio Unno, then 28 years old. (He still plays today but not so brilliant. Life of violinist is shorter than cellist in my observation.)
Rostropovich was 37 years old.
Today, I went to see a concert for the first time in six months!!! (I had a plan in March but it was not realized because of the 311 disaster. After that, we’ve been in an abnormal situation in everything in day to day life). I was almost dying without live music for so long a time.
The program by one of the local orchestras in Tokyo included this great Cello concerto but it was not quite as good as what is supposed to be.
The discrepancy between the soloist and the conductor reminded me that famous speech by Bernstein about Gould when they performed Brahms’s concerto in NY.
Returning home, I went straight to Rostropovich, and found this video of his young day’s performance. Regrettably, the part of the final duo by the soloist and the 1st violin is not included in this video clip.
Tchaikovsky symphony No.5 2nd movement-1/2 2/2 is here.
Wien Philharmonic Orchestra
One of the most favorite movements of my favorite symphonies. When I was a student, I played it as a member of our school’s orchestra. The conductor was a very talented young musician but he passed away a year later with a car accident when driving on the Autobahn in Germany.
If I’m a person of wealth, I want to be a Nadezhda von Meckbe for Rafał Blechacz. It’s cool that she never met Tchaikovsky, just extending financial support, sending letters of encouragement, wishing for his success for so long years.