I really enjoyed the entire concert and I thought the music was well performed. I would however have liked there to be more compositions included in the concert covering a broader range of Mozart’s quartets and piano concertos. I think that more pieces being played would have allowed for more comparisons to be drawn between pieces and allowed for the listener to enjoy more of the great music that Mozart has to offer. Works Cited "Mozart for Four." The Concert: A Classical Music Podcast .
I think this was a great opening piece to indulge the audience’s attention. The second movement I would like to discuss is the Serenade in E- flat major, op.7 by Richard Strauss (1881). The performance begin with a rich sound from the oboes section over a series of sustained notes played by the horns and the contrabassoon. The rising of the sound create a sense of anticipation as the development approaches the reca... ... middle of paper ... ...Cristina Spinei was a premiere performance during this concert. I like this piece because it had various melodies and I could hear the footsteps of someone rumbling in the subways or city.
A unique aspect was the warmup portion of the show. Seeing how Conductor Grams had the ripieno already in tune and ready to go showed separation between the Elgin Symphony compared to some other orchestras. The orchestra then played a few scales going from minor to major key most of the warm up with a few scales going vice versa. From that point the ripieno really never looked back and continued to put on a great show. The main piece the orchestra performed was Beethoven Symphony Seven.
The mood in the hall was colourful and everybody was like enjoying every bit of it. At this point, the ensemble continued with the setting of “E-flat”. This was the second work on stage, it began with a striking solo violin melody this set a light heartening tone to that piece at a faster rate. The orchestra particularly the pizzicato cellos and lyrical strings entered and offered a strong layer of support. That solo contrasted well with the orchestra.
She moved with the music and it really brought out the emotion in her playing. At the end, she ended the piece with a very visual lift off and the crowd went wild. Overall, this concert was worth going to. The orchestra played very well and it displayed two amazing artists from different regions of the spectrum coming together to make this concert stupendous. I would definitely like to hear more of Gerard Schwarz’s conducting and Ms. Astanova’s piano playing.
Included in the program were works by the German twentieth-century composer Paul Hindemith and the German romantic composer Johannes Brahms. Although both pieces were quite long, the audience, comprised mainly of students (the concert was free), seemed dazzled by Holoman’s masterful command and Boriskin’s virtuosic display on the keyboard. The first piece performed, Hindemith’s Symphony: Mathis der Maler, called for the entire orchestra featuring an enormous string and brass section as well as a percussion section complete with glockenspiel and triangle. After a brief intermission, Michael Boriskin appeared on stage with the orchestra for a splendid performance of Brahms’s Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, opus 83.
I really liked how the tempo of each and every piece varied and was not just one constant rhythm. I appreciated how classical Beethoven music can still be brought to life in the 21st century with modulation of instrumentation. I felt that time seemed to speed up during the performance, since before I knew it, the concert was over, hence, perhaps one can say that one was engaged into critically listening to the music and not focusing on when it will be over. Talking about listening, one can critically listen to it by using at least three elements: reception/audience, time and place, and emotional response. Recall that the audience had a widely distributed age variance from undergraduate students to senior citizens.
I was impressed by the range of the pieces that were performed as they were from 18th century classical symphony arrangements to contemporary techno pieces. However, the pieces that moved me most were Mozart’s Molto Allegro, Oaken Sky by Chris Rogerson and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. In hindsight, I am surprised that the two pieces from the Classical Era had such an impact on me. Perhaps, “classical” pieces were what I expected to hear at a Symphony.
During the menuetto and trio I,II movement, Frederick Lifsitz and Zakarias Grafilo were nearly bouncing out of their chairs as they played bright ascending lines. When they pass around the theme of the allegro mo... ... middle of paper ... ...t that is what made it truly beautiful because it conveyed a picture. All of the pieces I heard made me think about the music itself, and wonder what the composer was picturing as he wrote. All of the concerts I went to were good. The concerts allowed me to broaden my knowledge of music and learn more about how chamber music sounds.
There are many sequences to where the theme is repeated. The notes are also very entertaining to listen to. Some notes are short and separated and others are smooth making the piece have a mixture of both legato and staccato notes. The rhythm and the way the song is shaped reminds me of how you would see a heart beat on a monitor, which is kind of ironic. The reason Beethoven decided to write this piece was because he was in love with a women.