Thursday, January 13, 2011

BSO — 2011/01/13-18; Met — 01/15

The BSO website gives us the following information about the concert which I'll be attending tonight and which you can listen to over WCRB on Saturday.

Two Preludes—
Feuilles mortes (from Book 2) and 
Ce qu’a vu le vent d’ouest (from Book 1) 
performed in their original piano versions 
and in orchestrations by Colin Matthews 
Paris: A Nocturne (The Song of a Great City)
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K.467
Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks

Guest Artists:
Sir Mark Elder, conductor
Lars Vogt, piano

About the Music 
The English conductor Sir Mark Elder returns to the BSO podium for an eclectic program centering on Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 to be played by the outstanding German pianist Lars Vogt. These concerts begin with a selection of the contemporary English composer Colin Matthews’s orchestrations of Claude Debussy’s piano Preludes. The English composer Frederick Delius was known for his picturesque, illustrative scores; his 1901 Paris, A Nocturne is subtitled “Song of a Great City.” Strauss’s rollicking tone poem Till Eulenspiegel employs pioneering orchestral effects in telling the wild story of a mischievous rogue.

Additional information is available through the BSO website.

Debussy and Delius aren't my favorite composers by a long shot, but Delius is usually listenable. The Mozart should make it worth going out on a winter's evening, but I may not stick around for the Strauss, which I consider undeserving of the frequency with whic it is performed. Okay, we've heard it enough; let's move on. In fact, most of Richard Strauss's music belongs in that category, IMO.

My recent opera experience reminds me that I should probably note the availability of the live Saturday afternoon (Eastern Time) broadcasts of Metropolitan Opera performances. This week it's "La Traviata." If you don't have a broadcast station available for it, you can listen to the webstream via WHRB (see side panel for a link).

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