~ Music-Related ~

"Les Troyens" is a holy-grail opera: huge both in terms of forces required and length, difficult to stage, and difficult to perform. It's also fantastic music, though I failed to really get it from the old recording I still have buried in my stacks of CDs (and I even have a DVD video o...

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The music on this album shares a captivating sense of landscape and texture. While I quickly tire of repetitive "minimalist" music that could be easily repurposed into a movie score, this is much more than that: constantly evolving and absorbing, full of shifting details, and often dar...

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Tonight I wanted to go hear Finnish art songs, but I had tickets to see the Montrose Piano Trio with my good friend, so I stuck with that. I'm glad I did. It was phenomenal playing, rendered with cogent stucture, clarity and warmth. The pianist in this trio is the always-wonderful (and powerful)...

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Tonight I was at Saint James Cathedral in Seattle to hear Cappella Romana sing a fantastic program of 20th-century music by Nordic composers. I chose the more expensive seats so we could sit near the front, which really paid off: I could home in on individual voices while still experiencing the ha...

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Rounding out my music-filled week in an epic way, tonight I had the rare opportunity to hear Berlioz' Requiem performed by the Seattle Symphony... and lots of other people. We're talking six tympanists plus a percussionist, a full chorus, a tenor, and brass choirs in four separate balcony locations....

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This was a super-fun night to be sure, with three kinds of music: a fun Enescu arrangment, then colorful, powerful instrumental jazz (led by Lucian Ban on piano with legends including Billy Hart on drums), then jazz arrangements of Transylvanian folk songs with Gavril Tărmure singing.

  • George...

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I enjoyed the daylights out of this concert. Far from being a sleepy legacy group, the Julliard String Quartet blew all the music they played wide open. And they had a distinct sound, almost a coloring, like medium-brown, almond, and cream.

The program:

  • Beethoven: Quartet in A Major, Op. 18, No....

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On this night I went with friends to see Nareh Arghamanyan play the piano at Meany Hall. I had mixed feelings about this pianist. There was a lot of posing and acting going on, and a dress change at intermission, and a queenly posture like she was riding a chariot and/or casting commands from on hig...

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On this Saturday afternoon I heard the Philahmonia Northwest (Julia Tai, conductor) do a concert titled "Finland 100", celebrating the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence. The Finnish ambassador was in attendance, all the way from DC, and gave a speech in which she pointed out that Finland has...

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