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Vespers of1610@ St Ignatius

In Uncategorized on January 22, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Monteverdi’s Vespers are, it turns out, a smash up of old and very old styles. Trying to keep everyone happy in the Mantuan court and vieing for a Papal appointment, he composed his butt off and came up with this gem. Artex and The National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble and Piffaro AND Parthenia(viols), whew, preformed at St. Igantius to a full house that was very well-behaved through 2 hours,almost, of non stop liturgical magic. It is always wonderful to hear music in context(SMSS) and this bonus concert in the series was no exception. The voices were terrific and the early instruments sound excellent in this space. Perhaps because they are not so resonant, they seem to ring out more and get caught in the eaves of the church and sent back to make a glorious (no pun) sound. There were so many people involved that it would be difficult to single out anyone, except to say that the proformances was always at the highest level. The well priced tickets put this extrodinary music into the reach of many people and you have to be glad that so many artists are dedicated to keeping this music alive!

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Vienna Phil@Carnegie Hall 1/15/10

In Uncategorized on January 16, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Is the Vienna the best orchestra when Barenboim conducts or when Boulez conducts or is it The Berlin with Sir Simon? Who cares when it sounds as good as it did last night. The Beethoven Symphony #6 was wonderful. Articulated, if that’s a legit critique, so that every note rang through the hall, as though it was never played there before and the hall wanted to soak it up. Followed by Wagner’s Prelude to Tristan and Isolde, a switch from the original program and a smart move so that one could hear the development into the 19th century. Finishing with Schoenberg, Variations For Orchestra so that the 20th century is more understandable and an Waltz encore dedicated by Barenboim to all the people that left before the Schoenberg. This is why we keep this series. The playing is unparalleled and the sound glorious and even though you think you’ve heard this before, The Vienna makes it new and exciting all over again