Symphonierochester der Bayerischen Rundfunks-Mariss Janons-24.09

Palace Grand Hall
Series "Great Orchestras"
Beethoven – Symphony no. 7 in A Major op. 92
Wagner - Tristan und Isolde (Vorspiel und Liebestod)
Strauss - "Rosenkavalier" Suite
......For me, this was the best concert at the Palace Hall. This might be debatable for those who enjoyed more Concertgebouw. Let me tell you that at this level it's difficult to say who's better. Of course, the specialists could find many differences, technically speaking. But I'm not talking about this. I'm talked about what I felt when listening. Mariss Jansons is a magician and he proved it again on this evening. I've never heard that sound for Wagner before. Impressed? The word is not enough to describe the feeling. It was the first time I had tears in my eyes when listening to symphonic music. It was powerful, every note was in its place. It was a true music lesson for any listener but also for any orchestra in this world. This is what means to play with your soul, to think of each small detail, to creat an idea and to move it throughout the score. I felt the love, the struggle, the serenity towards the end. How amazing were those prolonged cadenzas that left me breathless in order not to disturb the chord that came right after to solve the idea.
......Listen here to this great piece, Prelude and "Liebestod" from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde .
......Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mariss Jansons (2009) Grand Philharmonic Hall, St. Petersburg

.....Beethoven's 7th Symphony was great too. I particularly like the second movement. Somebody that I admire very much put some words on the music.
......Listen here to the original - Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Herbert von Karajan (yes, again this orchestra&conductor) and then to the other version.

......The Rosenkavalier Suite ended a perfect evening of German, romantic music. Should it be the fact that Mariss Jansons has been leading this orchestra since 2003 and he has a contract signed untill 2012? Should it be the fact that the instrumentists don't consider this just a job? Music is not a job. It's art made with love and passion. The result was in front of my eyes. In front of your eyes is you were there. I'm still under the spell cast by Jansons on that evening. I'm sure he'll be back in 2011.
......Listen to them playing it.
......Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mariss Jansons (2009) Grand Philharmonic Hall, St. Petersburg

Mariss Janons and the concert master

......Maestro, ladies and gentlemen of the orchestra, you have all my respect!


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