Friday, June 17, 2011

Portland, Maine

Portland Symphony Orchestra, May 1, 2011

Merrill Auditorium, Portland, Maine

Music: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristand und Isolde, Wagner

Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra, Mozart

Daphnis et Chloe, Ravel

Conductor: Robert Moody

Awesome program. (Pound for pound this guy's programming is way more adventurous than what LA Phil is offering next season.) (I'm not very familiar with Wagner's operas, but I've heard orchestral work and liked it a lot, especially Siegfried-Idyll (written for his wife)). The Tristan und Isolde was similarly romantic. Hypnotizing orchestrations. And I've never seen a conductor smile at the orchestra the way Robert Moody does. Beautiful piece.

Don't like Mozart but to hear (and see) a bassoon in a solo role was a treat.

And then Ravel. Maurice Ravel. I've been fortunate this spring a) to have heard Ravel played live at all, and then b) to have heard Ravel played live in small venues, and then c) the Ravel heard live was some of my favorite pieces: the Mother Goose Suite played at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara (link to that entry)and here at the Merrill in Portland, Maine, the Daphnis and Chloe suite. Orchestra was terrific, we missed the chorale because of the dipsydoodle main floor, but what pretty, pretty music.

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