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Friday, June 1, 2007

The Score (supplemental)

posted by on June 1 at 16:04 PM

In The Score this week, I tout Bartok’s lone opera, Bluebeard’s Castle. I went last night and enjoyed the lyrical power of mezzo-soprano Sally Burgess and bass-baritone Charles Robert Austin. The Symphony played with superb ferocity, though they sometimes overpowered the singers. When mouths move, voices should be heard.

I suspect the Monolith-like rotating stands that line the stage and house the Chihuly sculptures make it hard for Schwarz & Co. to hear. It was a moving concert nonetheless; catch Saturday’s performance if you can.

György Ligeti

My only wish for the Seattle Symphony’s Central Europe Music Festival: Bridging the 48th Parallel? More bold orchestral music.

One of the great composers of orchestral music in the 20th century, György Ligeti (depicted above), is not represented (though Joshua Roman reprises Ligeti’s Cello Sonata this coming Saturday afternoon). I was hoping for Lontano or Ligeti’s big hit from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, the implacably eerie Atmosphères. Nor do any of the fiercer moderns such as Ana-Maria Avram, Iancu Dumitrescu, or Violeta Dinescu appear.

I’ll remedy that this Sunday on Flotation Device with music by Ligeti, Avram, Dumitrescu, and much more. Any requests for Zoltán Pongrácz?

Catch the on-line stream or tune in to KBCS 91.3 FM from 10 pm to midnight.

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Awesome, thanks. I won't feel so bad if I stay in and skip the "bar-talk" ;)

Posted by Garrett | June 1, 2007 4:25 PM

Radulescu, dude!

Posted by levide | June 1, 2007 5:46 PM

Yes, there will be some Radulescu though I won't be able to air "The Quest."

Posted by Christopher DeLaurenti | June 2, 2007 10:25 AM

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