Thursday, September 20, 2018

Concert preparation

Rehearsal on Monday night was at Sacred Heart. As I suspected, we spent so much time on the Duruflé that we didn't get to the Poulenc.

Then, unsurprisingly, we were asked if we minded another rehearsal tonight (Thursday). Virtually all agreed willingly.

On Tuesday Siobhan S came in to 3MBS to record a Reflections interview with Doug B. What a true delight she is, and smart.

Yesterday there was not much on the agenda, and this morning it was the last morning with Julie for a while. Adelle helped out and did very well.

Tonight is our last run through - AR indeed me today that Peter C will be joining the first tenors, which makes me very happy.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Montagues and Capulets

Friday night was the Victorian Opera concert performance of Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi. I got a seat in the balcony which was quite good. The performance was very good with Jessica Pratt as Giulietta, Caitlin Hulcup as Romeo and Carlos Bárcenas as Tebaldo.

Richard Mills conducted the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Doug K sang in the chorus.

Yesterday I went to 3MBS, lunching with Mariese and Stewart. Today was the crossword, and not a lot more.

Saturday, September 15, 2018


Friday, September 14, 2018

Schubert, Strauss and Siobhan

Much as I was sorry to miss last night's concert from The Song Company (from all reports it was very good), I'm very glad I went to the concert at the MRC with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, featuring a selection of orchestral songs of Richard Strauss.

Siobhan S sang superbly displaying a wonderful control of her gorgeous voice, and amazing expression. It included one of the most beautiful performances of Morgen I think I've heard.

After interval the orchestra played an energetic Schubert Ninth. They really are a wonderful band.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

ANAM winds

Last night's concert at ANAM was of music for winds. Four instrumentalists had spent the week working with the students: Wally Hase, flute, Dimitri Ashkenazy, clarinet, Lyndon Watts, bassoon, and Marie-Luise Neunecker, horn. Plus, of course, Nick Deutsch on oboe.

The program was varied beginning with the Wind Quintet by Harald Genzmer. He studied with Hindemith and the piece, to my ears, was more interesting than the Hindemith Sonata for 4 French Horns which followed.

The first half finished with the world premiere of Yitzhak Yedid's Music for ancient rituals. For the same scoring as the Strauss which finished the concert, it was quite noisy and busy, but I quite enjoyed it.

After interval we heard Divertimenti by Frank Bridge, for wind quartet. The inner two movements were duets, with the outer two involving all players.

My favourite work of the night (not surprise) was the Suite in B-flat major, Op 4, by Richard Strauss, a work I've known for a long time. It was wonderful to hear it in concert again (I think the last time was also at ANAM, directed by Barry Tuckwell).

A great night of music.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Spring day

Today I had lunch with Michael H in North Fitzroy (quite near where M and I usually eat).

It was great catching up with him - we had a really good talk about many things, including possible catch-up in Berlin next year.

Tonight I'm off to ANAM for a concert of wind ensemble music.

The train stopped at North Richmond and a group of police got on. One of them asked if we were all right, "no-one threatened you with a hammer?" ... Well, no. After a few minutes we were on our way. I'm glad I caught the earlier train. (Also glad there was no hammer)


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Lovely day

Not much achieved today: put on a load of washing, had breakfast at Mavis, hung out the washing, changed the bed. Finishing with a trip to the doctor.

Dinner with MG tonight.