I used mostly my ears

a blog about music by Marc Haegeman


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Leipzig Gewandhaus dazzles but fail to move in Brussels

Thomas Larcher: Chiasma
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, KV 550
Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 “Pathétique”

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Andris Nelsons
Brussels, Centre for Fine Arts, 29 April 2018

Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G Minor and Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” form quite a formidable pairing in concert. Emotional music that packages beauty with nostalgia and sadness, yet expressed in such an individual manner that performing the symphonies back to back proves extra challenging. In Brussels, on his maiden tour as Kapellmeister of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Andris Nelsons faced that challenge with brilliant and often spectacular readings, which were dazzling rather than moving.

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Birmingham in Paris

Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto #1 in D minor, Op. 15
Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka (version of 1947)

Richard Strauss: Don Juan, Op 20
Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77
Sergei Prokofieff: Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64bis & ter (fragments)

Hélène Grimaud, piano
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons
Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, 15-16 March 2014

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) and their Music Director Andris Nelsons took up residence for a weekend at the Paris Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. Joined by pianist Hélène Grimaud and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, their two concerts focused on Johannes Brahms (his first Piano Concerto and his Violin Concerto) but also offered some magnificent 20th-century ballet music from Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Prokofieff.
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