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That’s entertainment

Posted by Susan Tomes on 2 August 2009 under Concerts, Musings  •  1 Comment

Last night, I stupidly didn’t watch the first part of the MGM Film Musicals Prom on television, and only turned on for the second half. I’m so used to concerts of this kind being slightly embarrassing; orchestras often sound uncomfortable with the idiom, and there’s an awkward air about the proceedings which I’m often glad […]

The Hallé at the Proms

Posted by Susan Tomes on 31 July 2009 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Last night we went to hear Mendelssohn’s 2nd Symphony at the Proms, played by the excellent Hallé Orchestra under their conductor Sir Mark Elder. A few weeks ago, Bob reviewed all the available recordings of Mendelssohn’s 2nd Symphony for Radio 3’s CD Review ‘Building a Library’ programme, but he had never heard a live performance of it, […]

Messiaen by candlelight

Posted by Susan Tomes on 27 July 2009 under Concerts, Musings  •  2 Comments

The final concerts of my season took place last week at the Cerne Abbas Music Festival in Dorset with the Gaudier Ensemble. During the festival we gave a late-night performance of Messiaen’s ‘Quartet for the End of Time’ in a candlelit church, with no other lights except for reading lights clipped to our music stands. […]

Clapping at the Proms

Posted by Susan Tomes on 15 July 2009 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Controversy in the press about whether Proms audiences should be discouraged from clapping so much. What’s under the spotlight is the Prommers’ habit of clapping in between movements, and the growing sport of racing each other to be the first to applaud vociferously when they recognise the closing chords of a piece. The classical music […]

Looking at Toscanini

Posted by Susan Tomes on 14 July 2009 under Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

I watched a fascinating TV drama-documentary about conductor Arturo Toscanini. During his lifetime he was famous for his expressive gestures when conducting. Orchestral musicians who played for him said that it was always perfectly clear what he wanted them to do. It was rather shocking therefore to see him on the archive film. His gestures, […]