|New Maison Symphonic. Similar in look to The Four Seasons |
Centre in Toronto. They are both designed by architect
Jack Diamond (www.azuremagazine.com)
The evening of the 21st started with the always interesting pre-concert chat hosted by Rick Philips. This evening he had MSO conductor, Kent Nagano as a guest. They discussed Haydn's work and how it has fallen off the programming radar of the larger orchestras in recent years. Nagano described how he had this great idea to do a Haydn cycle. He was all excited and pitched it to the box office and marketing departments. Unfortunately they were less than enthused not being sure how to sell that sort of concert.
The symphony opened with an Adagio cantabile first movement and light airy theme. The second movement begins innocently enough, although I imagine the entire audience was on the edge of their seats awaiting the "surprise". The sudden fortissimo about 30 seconds in occurred, but I was underwhelmed by it. The pianissimo just before the section was so excellent that I think the forte could have had a real punch to it, but given the anticipation of the moment I was expecting more.
I believe at least part of "An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise" was on a TSO program not that long ago. (The Last Night of the Proms from June 2011 to be exact) The comma in the title makes me giggle, as if the piece was too short so the "with sunrise" was an afterthought. The humour in this piece has to do with the deterioration of the dance theme as it goes from the flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon and violin depicting the results as the amount of whiskey ingested by the wedding guests increases. I like how the strings can mimic the sound of bagpipes. The final call of the real bagpipes, decrescendo as the night fades and crescendo as morning breaks completes the picture.
|4 bars from the Rite of Spring, 4 change in time signature|