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CSO Beethoven

Its the Beethoven festival at the CSO this month

Ive got tickets to two piano recitals then im watching the 5th & 8th then the finale in a couple of weeks is the 9th. I restricted the number of concerts and went for quality seats, i love sitting in the boxes and relaxing, so much better than being squashed into the balcony seats. Symphony hall was designed for midgets, not normal size Americans !!

I know the 5th and 9th are cliched and the classical equivalent of the pop music but im still excited and looking forward to hearing them played live. Ive been listening intently to the 9th to avoid the wait syndrome that everyone tells me about, youmiss most of the peice beacuse you wait for the final bits, i do not want to make that mistake.

Alan

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I know the 5th and 9th are cliched . . .


Not for me!

There are some bits of each we hear too often (in commercials, etc.) but they are both masterpieces.

I really enjoy both and it's a blast to see what each performance brings to the music.

Have fun!

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Im looking forward to the 5th more, but in the past ive always really enjoyed anything with the Chorus in it so we will see.

Its interesting, there is bad economic times yet teh CSO are doing around 12 Beethoven shows over the next three weeks and they are all either sold out or scattered single tickets left, the only reason for that apparantly is people not wanting to miss the Blackhawks in the Stanley cup final !! and turning tickets back in.

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Listened to 8 & 5 last night.

8 is very good, it seems like a mistreated peice of music. However when we get to 5 things change altogether, i went to the pre concert lecture where a music guy explains the peice and its structure for an hour. Now this will sound very naive but i didnt know how much of a genius and visionary Beethoven actually was. This peice has reoccuring themes all the way through that i knew from listening to but never really understood.

The thing that really stood out was this is the first concert i have been to that i was listening to a peice i knew intimately and that the novelty and awe of the CSO has diminished to a point that im focusing more on the music than the experience. As im educating myself to listen it was sledgehammer obvious to me that no hifi ive ever heard gives even a hint of the complexities and genius of this peice, the depth and complexity of sound of hearing it played by a great orchestra with Haitink conducting was mind blowing. The initial dah dah dah DAHH intro seems so unimportant when you hear it live, its the overall complexity and flow of the music, its just incredible. Watching the violin section playing was amazing, they worked so hard. One thing that i have observed watching live music is the harder the violon section works the better the structure of the music seems to be, i have no training to say that its just based purely on watching the CSO, its like teh violins are the engine room of the orchestra, im not sure if that is right, just my observation.

So as a live peice this goes up there with Pictures and Mahler 2 as the greatest classical musical performances ive ever seen. I still dont know if they compete with some of teh great rock performances but thats an apples and oranges thing.

Alan

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Now this will sound very naive but i didnt know how much of a genius and visionary Beethoven actually was. This peice has reoccuring themes all the way through that i knew from listening to but never really understood.


Not naive in the least! People have made the study of a single composer a life's work.

Beethoven took the form of the classical symphony and transformed it. The creativity and genius this took (and sheer hard work) is difficult to comprehend - at least for my pea brain.


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As im educating myself to listen it was sledgehammer obvious to me that no hifi ive ever heard gives even a hint . . .


No kidding!

Yet, our systems do an amazing job. They hint at just enough to keep us hooked. Music is powerful stuff.


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. . .its like teh violins are the engine room of the orchestra, im not sure if that is right, just my observation.


They are the life blood, certainly. I like the engine room analogy.

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