Posts tagged with “concerts”

Posted 2 years ago
Last night at the Proms (via my flickr)
Stage of the Royal Albert Hall before Mahler’s 9th, performed by the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Roger Norrington

Last night at the Proms (via my flickr)

Stage of the Royal Albert Hall before Mahler’s 9th, performed by the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Roger Norrington

Posted 2 years ago
One wasn’t sure where the sound ended and the silence began.

Reader’s comment on Prom 14: Stuttgart Radio SO/Norrington – review | Music | The Guardian

It was an immense, indescribable joy to celebrate our wedding anniversary at “one of the most important symphonic concerts in a very long time” with Mahler’s Ninth and a champagne & strawberries picnic.

The comments to this review will be quoted as reason #390502 why it’s great to live in London. The Proms are reason #390501. I’m rapidly getting addicted to classical music concerts; it’s going to be an expensive winter.

Posted 2 years ago

Last night at the Proms we were treated to live performances by some of the artists who accompanied the BBC series Human Planet. Khusugtun, a folk band from Mongolia, were one of the highlights: they sounded like Mongolia’s answer to Arcade Fire with Tom Waits as lead vocalist. You can listen to their performance and others from last night on the BBC Radio3 iplayer, or check out their website for info and sample tracks.

The flute sound you hear throughout the songs is produced by one of the singers, who can modulate his breath not only through circular breathing, but also by using his nose and mouth to produce two distinct exhaling sounds. Amazing to listen to and watch, and immensely suggestive of this great land and its past.

Posted 2 years ago
Be warned that you do have to wait a long time for the apple scene.

Proms take a bit of William Tell | Music | The Guardian

We’re going to see Rossini’s William* Tell at the Royal Albert Hall tonight. The conductor is Antonio Pappano. And because this is part of the BBC Proms - “the world’s greatest classical music festival” - a ticket will only cost £5.

Whenever I get fed up with living in London, I should remind myself of the glory of such important British cultural institutions as the BBC, which treat art, entertainment and information in such respectful, democratic ways: we’re totally spoilt here, it really doesn’t get better than this.

If you don’t live in London you can listen to all Prom concerts live on BBC Radio3

*should this be Guillaume (the opera’s in French)? Wilhelm (the guy was Swiss, and the libretto was adapted from the Schiller play)? Guglielmo (Rossini’s Italian)?

Posted 2 years ago

Attention Londoners: I may have a spare ticket for Arcade Fire at Hyde Park tomorrow

It’s £48 (face value, and I’m not charging postage/fees) and I can meet you around 5pm at the Park, in time for opening sets by Beirut and Mumford & Sons.  

 Anyone up for it? Email me: byronic@gmail.com

Posted 3 years ago
They open with their rousing, folksy “Southern Point”. That they recreate the sound of their psychedelic folk-rock with seeming ease is no simple task – their ever-evolving time signatures, key changes, sumptuous four-part harmonies and sheer musicianship are complex to execute to such tight perfection – especially when the syncopated rhythms of Christopher Bear’s drumming and the keyboards on “Two Weeks” require such precision.
Posted 3 years ago

Despite the fact that I’m planning to see Gaslight Anthem and Josh Ritter with the Royal City Band later this year, I’m tempted to call Grizzly Bear’s Serpentine Sessions in Hyde Park my concert of the year now and call it a day.

It was magnificent.

(photo via Serpentine Sessions :: Photos)