Wuchtig, aber Markig

cyclistsDismount A 45 minute cycle trip after work, followed by an express-picnic in the park, followed by a bit of culture. Oh, and another 45′ cycle ride back home.

I have to admit that I didn’t like the music much, but the assembly of percussion instruments used in Mahler‘s 6th Symphony alone was worth the trip. Ingo Insterburg would have been jealous of their collection of cow bells and bang-on wooden boxes. (Wuchtig, aber markig (forceful but pithy) is Mahler’s description of the first movement.)

Always nice to see the Albert Hall sold out. Mahler always attracts lots of people, or maybe it was the much-hailed Scottish bassoonist Karen Geoghegan, who played Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto in B flat major (KV 191) to much applause.

Not my favourite Proms concert, but a nice way to spend an evening nevertheless.


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They Just Can’t Get It Right

Radio Singer Really. They can’t. I watched a couple of concerts on the telly recently – always a good past-time when sketching in the evening.

I have always preferred life performances to studio recordings for the atmosphere and the artist’s personal word between titles.

Paul Simon (on BBC Sessions) played the entire concert without saying a word.
David Gilmour (in Live from the Albert Hall)said very little.
Elton John (BBC Sessions) gave nice introductions to the songs, but  I can’t stand his music for more than ten minutes.
Amy Winehouse (also BBC Sessions) made personal comments and should better have kept her mouth shut.

They just can’t get it right, can they? Recommendations welcome.