Saturday, January 21, 2006

Symphony No.6 in F major Op.68, "Pastoral" (1808)

Click the words Symphony No. 6 to watch our video blog live from Avery Fisher Hall.

At the pre concert lecture with scholar Charles Bornstein AK gave a fresh translation
to Beethoven's Allegro!!

This symphony is all built up from the interval of the fourth - fa-do. and a simple motto
- repeated, inverted, transmogrifed into an architecture of breathtaking beauty
by Ludwig Van- one of the most perfect musical intelligences of all time.

The Liszt death dance ( Totentanz) for Piano Orchestra was a marvel, performed with feeling, fire and stupendous physical strength by Canadian piano virtuoso Louis Lortie

and the last work on the program Prokofiev's Scythian Suite (1915) - a pungently exquisite work that came two years after Stravinsky's Rite of Spring - primitive, modern, creative - I loved it. Glisses in the violins, Pings in the triangles, cymbals, harps, very beautiful

Afterwards we ate Weiswurst at the Heidelburg Resto.


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Blogger Carol said...

I attended last night (Saturday). Lortie is an amazing pianist!!! Loved the Liszt 'Ruins of Athens' especially. The Prokofiev - not so much, but this is probably an immaturity of taste on my part. Blog on!

8:15 AM  

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