Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

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 [...]

The Proms: live v. televised

Posted by Susan Tomes on 20 July 2010 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  3 Comments

We went to the First Night of the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall on Friday. Thanks to kind friends who invited us, we had wonderful seats and good company. The Albert Hall was packed full of enthusiastic listeners plus the 500 performers needed for Mahler’s Eighth Symphony. It was a colourful, vivacious scene and we [...]