Sunday, April 23, 2006

A Spring Saturday Late Afternoon And Evening Visit To Two Excellent Live Orchestral Music Concerts; And Three Associated Events

Austrian and German Music:

Beethoven Symphony #6 in F Major, Pastoral, Op. 68

Wagner 'Siegfried's Rhine Journey', from Die Gotterdammerung

Mahler Adagio from Symphony No. 10 in F-sharp Major

French Music:

Debussy Jeux

Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major (with Jean-Yves Thibaudet)

Russian and Ukrainian Music:

Stravinsky The Firebird (1919 Orchestration)

Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63 (with Julian Rachlin)

Finnish Music (as a late afternoon encore):

Grieg The Last Spring for String Orchestra

Many thanks for the enjoyment and aesthetic stimulation to over 150 American musicians under Michael Tilson Thomas and Rafael Fruhbeck de Bourgos.


Saturday intermission feature:

Abdullah Chhadeh (Syria) and his Nara Quartet -- Abdullah Chhadeh, qanun, Naeif Rafeh, nay, Bernard O'Neill, double bass, and Dafer Tawil, percussion.


Friday evening, prelude concert:

Vienna Klezmer Band -- Ela Malkin (Chernivtsi, Ukraine), vocals, piano; Alfred Pfleger (Vienna), violin; Igor Pilyavskiy (Kyiv, Ukraine), accordion, sax, panpipe, sopilka; and Julius Darvas (Budapest), double bass.


Sunday evening, postlude concert:

Piotr Anderszewski, pianist; music by Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven.

Concert notes at

European/World Klezmer Music

"When a concertmaster from Vienna, a Jewish singer from Czernowitz [Ukraine], an accordeon player from Kiev who is also a master on the panflute, a bass player from Hungary, and a drummer from Stammersdorf get together you create "World Music". A form of playing music, without borders and boundaries that reconciles and connects five cultures into a joint new form."

Image Credit: Web-site of the Vienna Klezmer Band With thanks.


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