Friday, June 17, 2005

The New York Philharmonic @ Avery Fischer Hall 06/16/05

Avery Fischer Hall is mosdef the place to go to hear some symphony. The sound quality in that place is amazing, and the view is great from most every seat in the house. Last night it was even good enough for Natalie Portman to bring her bald head in for a listen. I was kind of let down because, legendary conductor, Lorin Maazel was supposed to be in the house but he was no where tobe found, but i am glad to report that his replacement was no slouch, he was great, he got into conducting with his whole body, especially those hips.

They kicked off the night with some Dvorak, his "Carnival Overture, op. 92" which many of you may have recognized as the song that mickey makes all those brooms dance to, and they rocked the shit out of it, it was loud and it was tight, every thing i want from this orchestra.

Next up was some Sibelius and his violin concerto in D minor, Gil Shaham was the soloist and boy did he solo, this 32 minute miracle played out in what seemed to be half that time with Gil ripping away at his axe. After it was done he got such an ovation he solo'd an encore before intermission that i recognized as some cover but i dont know what it was. and when he was done he shattered his violin into splinters all over that stage, and the crowd went nuts. (that part didnt really happen)

After intermission there was a little more Sibelius (the swan of tuonela) that brought horn player Thomas Stacy to the front, but there was no way to follow Gil, and Tommy did alright, but it was kid of a short snoozer.

Then we were slaughtered by the final piece: Bacchus et Ariane by Roussel. That piece has such an incredible last five minutes that just build and break over and over, you can feel it inside you as well as hearing its such a swell.

I enjoy a change of pace once in a while, whether it be some ones basment or a concert hall.


Anonymous J said...

That's the way all classical music reviews should be written up.

The song that "Mickey makes all the brooms dance to" in Fantasia, BTW, is "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (or, if you're feeling Fraunch, "L'apprenti sorcier") by Paul Dukas, not the Dvorak.

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