I used mostly my ears

a blog about music by Marc Haegeman


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Superb Dvořák 7 from Blomstedt and Vienna Philharmonic in Brussels

Franz Berwald: Symphony No. 3 in C Major “Sinfonie Singulière”
Antonin Dvořák: Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert Blomstedt
Brussels, Center for Fine Arts, 25 September 2018

This concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Herbert Blomstedt was part of several events in Brussels focusing on Austrian culture and coinciding with the Austrian presidency of the Council of the European Union. Incidentally, we weren’t treated to an all-Austrian programme, but rather to the current opener of the Viennese subscription concerts which combines a rarity from Swedish composer Franz Berwald and a well-known symphony from Antonin Dvořák, the magnificent Seventh. The Brussels Centre for Fine Arts (Bozar) was transformed into a tiny turf of Austrian Heimat for the occasion by the presence of its most illustrious cultural ambassador on stage, a large number of Austrian patrons attending, and even the unavoidable Mozartkugeln distributed in the interval.

Read the full review on Bachtrack.


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Radiant Vilde Frang opens Antwerp season

Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61
Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, “From the New World,” Op. 95

Vilde Frang, violin
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Robin Ticciati
Antwerp, Queen Elisabeth Hall, 9 September 2018

While not exactly a model of risky or unconventional programming, this season opener did include a rare visit by the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, an orchestra with a rich pedigree, and had two of the most in-demand young artists of the day – British conductor Robin Ticciati and Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang – sharing the bill.

Read the full review on Bachtrack.