Tuesday, January 31, 2017

News from Hamburg

I'm listening to the speeches from the Elbphilharmonie dedication. I understand all of it. All the political leaders are there to dedicate a concert hall in Hamburg.

They have not forgotten Brahms.  We have Sir Bryn, Philippe Jaroussky, Pavol Breslik, Wiebke Lehmkuhl and Hanna-Elisabeth Müller.  The conductor is Thomas Hengelbrok.

We have Philippe Jaroussky speaking German.

 There is much discussion about the acoustics.  It doesn't seem to be enough that it has good acoustics, it must have the best acoustics ever.  It is compared to Disney Hall in LA which has completely proved itself.

The program ranges from Praetorius and Caccini to Wolfgang Rihm.  I failed to notice that Pavol had an extended solo in the Rihm piece.  Europeans are still doing modernism which we have long ago abandoned.  Pavol is very brave to take this on on short notice and does a fine job with it.

In other news from Europe Cecilia Bartoli has been made an honorary member of La Scintilla, the original instruments orchestra of the Zurich Opera. 

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