Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Lucerne Festival. City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by Andris Nelsons
Percussion Martin Grubinger
Richard Wagner: Prelude from Lohengrin
Avner Dorman: Frozen in Time. Concerto for percussion and orchestra.
Tchaikovsky: Symphony nr 6

The Lucerne Festival is a world stage and all the best orchestras in the world are here.
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is one.
A very good orchestra with great sound and colour.

They looked very relaxed and controlled apart from the conductor Andris Nelsons who realy was high on emotions.

The concert opened with the prelude from Wagners Lohengrin which Nelsons has conducted at this years Bayreuth Festival.
This was followed by Dormans Frozen in Time with soloist Martin Grubinger.
This is the first time I ever heard a piece by Donmar.

It was amazing. The title helps to describe it.

Images of snow and ice comes to mind and the sound of composers such as Stravinsky and Mozart is there. Martin Grubinger realy is an electric performer who realy knows how to thrill his audience.

He can play 1,400 beats a minute. This piece is composed for Grubinger and I can't imagine anyone else performing it. He performed a solo drum for encore. Balancing a drumstick on his arm. If you ever get the chance to see him live. Do it.
The concert ended with Tchaikovskys symphony nr 6. A standard piece performed often.

But hearing it with this orchestra was hearing for the first time. Nelsons of course showed colours of emotions in his body to the orchestra. For me it was a bit over the top but the orchestra toned the emotions down. That made it a breathtaking performance.

This symphony is not like the fifth which ends in truimph. The sixth ends in sadnes.
A lost love perhaps of the composer. The orchestra ended the evening with an encore. Intermezzo from Puccinis Manon Lescaut.

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