In Case You Missed It

Live­blog­ging from last night’s CONTACT! con­cert here and here.  And now that eMu­sic has a whole new set of record­ings, they also have my rec­om­men­da­tions on the Pavarotti oeuvre.

CONTACT! Live Blogging; “Songs From Solomon’s Garden”

9:27PM …  Schae­fer and Gilbert are speak­ing prior to this last piece, with text in Hebrew from the Megillah … the great Thomas Hamp­son singing for the pre­mier, Pintscher must be ecsta­tic … I would be; man-crush on Hamp­son is totally accept­able … Hamp­son even taller than Gilbert, okay no more gos­sip, time for music(…)

CONTACT! Live Blogging; “Detailed Instructions”

8:36PM — As the musi­cians change for the Muhly piece, John Schae­fer has a few words on stage with Mag­nus Lind­berg … Lind­berg is talk­ing about the impor­tance and legacy of what he calls the “sin­foni­etta” world, which is essen­tially the cham­ber orches­tra, col­or­ful but small ensem­bles, cheaper to run, flex­i­ble, great for con­tem­po­rary composers(…)

CONTACT! Live Blogging; “These Particular Circumstances”

8:13PM — Con­cert­mas­ter takes the stage, ensem­ble tunes … Gilbert takes a bow … and we’re off … … Briefly clan­gor­ous open­ing ges­ture, fol­lowed by quiet lit­tle turns in the winds, like Lutoslawski’s ad lib music … music builds to some brief moments both of inten­sity and sonor­ity … the music is quiet col­or­ful, with a(…)

CONTACT! Live Blogging, 1

Nicely mixed crowd, young and old com­ing in.  Haven’t spot­ted any of my fel­low cranks … er, crit­ics tonight.  There’s more Andriessen at Carnegie tonight, of course.  I had been plan­ning on attend­ing the Andriessen con­cert at Zankel Sat­ur­day night, but then this hap­pened: But that’s what us live blog­gers are for, to fill the gaps.(…)

CONTACT! Live Blogging: Prelude

Ensconced in a cozy bal­cony seat, watch­ing peo­ple file in… About fif­teen min­utes until the stated cur­tain time… Musi­cians warm­ing up onstage include harp, vibes, clar­inet, bas­soon and cello… no way to know what they are play­ing, but I keep hear­ing frag­ments of what sounds like Le Sacre du Print­emps … but that’s actu­ally not(…)

Adventurers Of The Intertubes

The sec­ond set of the New York Philharmonic’s CONTACT! series is going on this Fri­day and Sat­ur­day, and so it’s time once again to point out the inter­est­ing and imag­i­na­tive things they are doing to develop new music, new audi­ences and new media. As teasers, the Phil has a set of videos of those involved, composers(…)

New Music New York

I saw the New York Philharmonic’s CONTACT! con­cert Sat­ur­day night at the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Museum and will have a review of it soon at MusicWeb International’s Seen and Heard (the hol­i­days do slow down the pub­li­ca­tion process a bit), but can say in brief that it was impres­sive all around, and you can hear it for(…)