As a musical term, "punter" simply denotes a bread and butter providing member of the public, i.e. them as buys the tickets, innit?
It's quite funny, these days almost everytime I hear a Sibelius symphony, the "soundbites" that stick out are those snippets used in the boot-up sequence of various versions of the Sibelius notation software ... quite a distraction! And there's a bit in Sibelius 5 quoted in PMD's Symphony No.1 which has a similar distractive effect. How does one exorcise such connotations?
I really enjoyed this concert and I thought that the Seventh Symphony worked well. For me though the second half of the concert "stood out."
Here's a review from Andrew Clements in the Guardian which some of you may not have already seen.
and another from a site that is new to me:-
As an aside - does anybody have any comments / opinions about the Halle under Elder - how does it compare say to the Halle of say 30 years ago?
The Sibelius like Caliban said earlier, was rather to 'polite', but the Bartok was a different league. A great peformance, apart from maybe (was it the first movt?), where i think Schiff played a feew wrong notes? Havnt heard the Janacek Sinfoniettta(being rather tired at this point!!)
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life(Berthold Auerbach)
I thought punters floated aimlessly down the River Cam
"The isle is full of noises... Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not"
The Tempest, Act III scene 2 ll 148-9
I wouldn't know. I spend most of my time in bed and at the Royal Albert Hall, so I don't have much time to look around Beckenham, although there are a few bookies and, according to the adverts in the local rag, a few brothels, just as in any other urban location.The "connotations" you mention make me think Beckenham must have really changed since I last went there 20 odd years ago...