The Carmen excerpt was from the start of Act 3. And I've been told (by Jane Sullivan) that the second was Kabalevsky, not Khachaturian - the Galop from the Comedians suite Op 26.
Originally Posted by amac4165
Well I was nearly right !
Originally Posted by BudgieJane
Then you had better point out to Jane Sullivan that the second encore was the Galop from the incidental music to Masquerade by Khachaturian.
Originally Posted by Ruth Elleson
well that was what I thought R3 said it was - I don't know the piece so was unable to take it other than at face value
Originally Posted by Ravensbourne
ps. oh, and with a soupçon of "When I'm Sixty Four" thrown in for good measure.
Ventilhorn, would you like a political correct answer or my honest observations ?
Originally Posted by Ventilhorn
Methinks it's the latter: I found it little short of a disaster.
I didn't like the tempo of the slow movement (too fast for my taste), but that is personal.
What isn't personal however is the relentlessly hammering aproach of the music in the 1st mvt (very muscular, almost bartokian), at least in the left hand, the lack of suspense and of dreamy (let's say "romantic") music in the 2nd mvt (Beethoven prescribes "mit Verschiebung", i.e. pedal throughout - Grimaud at least partly didn't follow that instruction), the 3rd mvt was pianistically the best, but there I am afraid Grimaud IMO wasn't much supported by the conductor.
The orchestra IMO was just playing it through like a first rehearsal, with verve and powerful, but nevertheless not exactly.
Very disappointing IMO.
From the vantage point of the Arena the trombones seemed too loud, as they always do if they are seated on the risers above the rest of the orchestra. They are certainly a fine band, with perhaps a slight sense of steely efficiency that some other American orchestras can produce. Very fine string sound though, especially in the cellos and basses.
I enjoyed the Tchaikovsky without being bowled over by it, it's my least favourite Tchaikovsky Symphony, mainly because of the banality of the finale.
The Beethoven was a bit of a disappointment, it was a very up front performance lacking the emotional reticence that surely should always be in evidence in this great concerto. I don't for a moment doubt Helene Grimaud's skill, but this was too matter of fact for me, and she made heavy weather of the first movement cadenza. I'm sorry if I seem dismissive, but expectations were high.
The Tchaikovsky is my favourite symphony & I really enjoyed the crispness & freshness of the music tonight. A few timing issues for me personally, especially in the first movement, which I thought was a bit rushed in places & yet I enjoyed the different tempos too at times. I really enjoyed the last movement, the more breathless the better i always think, (I know some of you think it's better because it's over more quickly!). A really good & interesting performance overall, there's always something new to hear, even with a work you think you know backwards.