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« on: Feb 13, 2018, 07:39PM »

There's a review of the concert here:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/11/arts/music/chicago-symphony-review-carnegie-hall.html

Anybody go?  So what was the trombone clam at the end of Brahms' 2nd?
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« Reply #1 on: Feb 13, 2018, 10:53PM »

From the review:

“Correction: February 11, 2018
An earlier version of this article misstated the instrument that went astray at the end of a Brahms symphony. It was a trombone, not the trumpets.”

Busted.
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« Reply #2 on: Feb 13, 2018, 11:03PM »

Oops!   Don't know

I have played Brahms 2 several times, and love the ending - but always a bit nervous about the descending trombone sequence starting on a high D!  1st trombone had better be ready for that. 

When you nail the ending, with that D major chord, there's nothing in the symphonic literature more joyously chilling!   Good!
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« Reply #3 on: Feb 14, 2018, 05:44AM »

I know someone who went.
"How was the Higdon concerto?" we asked.
He paused.
He looked to the sky for an answer.
He thought some more.
"There were some parts I liked," he said finally.
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« Reply #4 on: Feb 14, 2018, 12:10PM »

LowrBrass, do you have plans to attend when Philadelphia plays the Higdon Concerto later this month?
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« Reply #5 on: Feb 14, 2018, 04:43PM »

I should, but no.
I do have plans to ask all the orchestra enthusiasts I know who will be going for their take on it.
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« Reply #6 on: Today at 08:26 AM »

I was at the Feb 14 CSO performance at the Kravis Center in Palm Beach.

It was sadly the same day as the shooting; Muti made an impassioned speech before the concert started, and they played a Shubert piece as an encore to honor the victims; He asked that the audience not applaud, and exit in silence. That aspect of the performance was quite powerful.

Re the Higdon. Meh. As  a piece of music, I was underwhelmed. And something about the soloist seating arrangements very much undermined the balance of the 4 low brass players. They were seated (not standing) in a row in just in front of the strings, with Muti standing in front of the brass. The Kravis center has really top notch acoustics. Yet when the whole orchestra was playing, I barely heard the trombones And the section balance was atrocious from where I was sitting (way up high). All I ever heard clearly was the tuba.

My disappointment at the Higdon was redeemed by the Brahms. Muti's rendition was spot-on.
I heard the trombones clear as a bell during Brahms, when they were seated in their normal position.
JF played the first part on alto. Trombones were glorious.

Perhaps in a second hearing in a better acoustic, I would change my mind  re the solo piece.
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« Reply #7 on: Today at 11:16 AM »

Philadelphia Inquirer article today...

http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/arts/philly-composer-jennifer-higdons-new-concerto-didnt-come-easy-but-they-never-do-20180215.html?mobi=true
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