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Troika weekend

I have Russian relish to dig in this weekend. Shostakovich needs no sparkling introduction while Glazunov may be a lesser known composer, but he is no less appreciated these days.

My concert season has just started, again :-)

Although the season actually officially started in August, but I wasn’t quite interested in the month-long 10th anniversary birthday bash concerts so I gave them a bye. For an extra twist this season, they introduced a new package called “Baroque Plus”. While trying to get to the bottom of how “plus” can baroque be, I soon realised that they had concocted (almost incomprehensible) pairings of baroque and late-romantic/contemporary pieces! I’ll be getting lots of Bach goodness before switching my head after interval for more emotive stuff. We’ll see. :)

Both my thumbs are up for this season’s guest soloists, but nothing similar could be said of the repertoire. Very predictable humdrum. I would like to see the MPO championing more rarely played works by lesser known composers and also newer works by contemporary composers. But as a fair consolation, I’ll be looking forward to some of these notable soloists who will be coming to our shores – pianist Alexander Melnikov, violinist Isabelle Faust, pianist Piotr Anderszewski, violinist Daniel Hope, bass baritone Jonathan Lemalu, and of course for the very first time, 7-time Grammy Award winner pianist Emanuel Ax. Martyn Brabbins and Jukka-Pekka Saraste will also be here to take the baton.

Let me know if you wish to go for any of these concerts, or if you need any further recommendations of repertoire (don’t worry, you will not be thrown into gut-wrenching Alban Berg). I could get you tickets, at a discounted price of course!

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hello there fellow human being.
greeeeetings from ss 15 =)

#1krystyn  ::  25 October 2007, 20:30  ::  #

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