Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

Something Good

Posted by Susan Tomes on 29 August 2010 under Concerts, Inspirations, Musings, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

What a pleasure to hear the John Wilson Orchestra in their Rodgers and Hammerstein Prom, which I heard on television. John Wilson’s arrangements are simply spellbinding. His hand-picked orchestra, with many individually distinguished musicians playing in it, reminded me of the old joke that ‘the ideal orchestra would have Jascha Heifetz as its leader.’ ‘No, [...]

Relaxing into loud music

Posted by Susan Tomes on 16 August 2010 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  5 Comments

Walking over Waterloo Bridge the other evening I decided to pop into the Festival Hall. A very good Afro-Brazilian band was playing in the foyer and a large multi-cultural crowd, people of all ages, had gathered to listen. Many of the audience seemed to be South American and were gently dancing to the music. London [...]

Anton Stadler’s clarinet

Posted by Susan Tomes on 10 August 2010 under Concerts, Inspirations, Travel  •  2 Comments

The final concert of the Gaudier Ensemble’s Cerne Abbas Music Festival, in which I took part, featured one of my favourite pieces of chamber music, the Clarinet Quintet of Mozart. There was a surprise this time. Clarinettist Richard Hosford has an instrument which he recently had re-built to emulate the clarinet of Anton Stadler, whose playing inspired [...]

Viva Piazzolla

Posted by Susan Tomes on 7 August 2010 under Concerts, Musings  •  1 Comment

I’ve been rehearsing tangos by Astor Piazzolla for a late-night concert tonight. As I don’t play this kind of music very often (more’s the pity), I got in the mood by listening to a number of recordings by Piazzolla himself. Without the sound of a genuine Argentinian tango ensemble in my ear, I couldn’t make [...]

Russian Crescendo

Posted by Susan Tomes on 26 July 2010 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

We enjoyed listening on television to Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto played at the Proms by the excellent pianist Simon Trpceski. It’s strange how those famous themes, which once sounded slightly hackneyed to me, no longer seem that way and instead sound full of warmth and charm. After the performance, Bob was talking about ‘the Russian [...]