Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Afternoon Classics, Tuesday,October 26, 2010

Well a happy Tuesday to one and all. I hope everyone took the opportunity to see and experience the Juneau Symphony Orchestra performing Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, this past weekend. As many times as I have heard the Mahler No. 2 performed and on Disc or Tape (remember those?) it is still a thrilling experience to hear it performed once more. This is a powerful piece and one which can tug mightily on the heart strings if one should really enter into it. To attempt such a piece would seem a bit out of the JSO's league, but let me tell you - they proved they can perform with the big boys. The whole orchestra was in top condition and performed very well, the brass could knock your socks off and the percussion was outrageously wonderful. There was a dynamic in the orchestra that I had not heard before. The strings were smooth and everyone else was busy doing his or her bit.
I am not sure who to pick out in the percussion, there were a number of people who stood out, in the trumpets it was Rick Trostle. There were also a number of people who had returned to perform in the Mahler: Julie Batushek on viola, Bob King on violin and Sally Schlichting on flute, to mention several. We really should be proud of our own Juneau Symphony which has become a first class symphonic orchestra.

In the meantime: here is the list for today's program:

Cello Concerto No.1 G474 by Luigi Boccherini performed by Walter Möller - cello; Hans-Martin Linde plus the Linde Consort
Symphony in C major by Georges Bizet Louis Fremaux City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
L'Arlesienne, Suite for Orchestra, Georges Bizet Michel Plasson Orchestra du Capitole de Toulouse
Sonata in G minor for Cello & orchestra, Op. 19 Sergei Rachmaninov Wendy Warner - cello; Irina Nuzova - piano
La Creation du Monde Darius Milhaud Kent Nagano L'Orchestre de L'Opera de Lyon
Concerto for 'cello & orchestra, Op. 85 Sir Edward Elgar Jacqueline Du Pre - cello; Sir John Barbirolli the London Symphony
Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 Johannes Brahms Wolfgang Sawallisch The London Philharmonic
Polonaise No. 6, Op. 53, "Heroic" Frederick Chopin Lang-Lang - piano
Polka from "The Age of Gold" Ballet Dmitry Shostakovich Erich Kunzel The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
See you tomorrow!
Mike Price

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