~ Music-Related ~

Meany Center's chamber music series features a LOT of string quartets, but since there is so much great music for the form it doesn't really get old, especially not with the Danish String Quartet playing. When I saw them here before they were amazing, and so was tonight's performance: Bartok's quart...

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Tonight the Seattle Symphony and conductor Ludovic Morlot performed a brand new piece for the first time, and an old piece for the umpteenth time (well maybe not for us Seattlites - we don't get tons of Strauss). What they required in common was a very large orchestra and patience. The program:

  1. Da...

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Tonight the guest conductor Cristian Măcelaru plugged the Seattle Symphony into the good juice. The program:

  1. Lili Boulanger: "D'un matin de printemps"
    A short but colorful piece for large orchestra that shows a knack for orchestration.
  2. Elgar: Violin Concerto (with Vilde Frang on violin)
    I...

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The Flesh Eaters is a band made up of of LA-scene veterans that orignally formed in 1977. It's not a band I knew much about but its members are pretty famous: John Doe and DJ Bonebreak of X, Dave Alvin and Bill Bateman of The Blasters, Steve Berlin of Los Lobos and the poet/frontman Chris D. They h...

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The percussion quartet Third Coast Percussion came to Meany for something rather off-the-wall: a live score to the movie "Paddle To The Sea" from 1966, which was made by the National Film Board of Canada based on a the 1941 children's book "Paddle-to-the-Sea". Third Coast Percussion split the...

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Tonight at Meany Hall I found Juho Pohjonen to be a distinctive pianist. The program:

  1. J.S. Bach: Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
    This was all clarity and strong delineation, but never dry.
  2. César Franck: Prelude, Choral et Fugue, FWV 21
    I love this music, and I've heard many rec...

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This is a miraculous album, and in many places revelatory. Hough achieves the impossible: hiding and revealing at the same time, allowing lines to sound together in balance without ending up in the murk. Debussy's radical harmony and chewy chords and clusters are all there, but natural...

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This was the legendary Takács String Quartet, so I wasn't going to miss it (even though elsewhere in Seattle somebody was performing Busoni).

The program:

  1. Mozart: String Quartet in D Major, K. 575
    I'm not deeply familiar with Mozart's quartets, I have to admit (I've spent much time with Haydn a...

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I came to this excited to hear the violin concerto by Gyorgi Ligeti played live, but I ended up less enthralled with it than I expected, and came away with the Mozart symphony playing on repeat in my head.

The program:

  1. Ligeti: Violin Concerto (1993)
    I know this music from a recording with Patri...

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