Monday, January 18, 2010

This made me laugh

JW and I went to the LAPhil on Saturday for Strauss and Sibelius conducted by Lorin Maazel. It was an eventful night at the symphony, with a young bookish type booing the poor soloist from the benches. I don't know about you but I always feel well-equipped to stand in judgment of a singer's performance when I'm sitting behind her with dozens of instrumentalists between us.

But I digress. My favorite piece of the night was a suite from Der Rosenkavalier; I was just reading Mark Swed's review of the concert, and this is what he had to say about that music--
The “Rosenkavalier” Suite is of dubious provenance. Most likely it was arranged in 1945 by Artur Rodzinski, a former music director of the L.A. and New York philharmonics. But Maazel likes this orchestral tour of operatic highlights; he conducted it with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Orange County in 2003, and he began the program Friday with an extreme, epic performance that mixed vulgarity with a sentimentality that could annoyingly break down a listener’s defenses.
Vulgar and sentimental. Of course it was my favorite.

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