I flew out to San Francisco this past weekend to attend the concert for which we had purchased tickets last year. This particular concert was not part of our season subscription, and I didn’t know how the seats would be. I was on the 8th row and could see the keyboard beautifully! I was thrilled […]
I’m not getting old, Your music just really does suck! Boy is this statement ever the truth. Contemporary music is so ceaselessly repetitive I can barely abide it. Oh, and another bumper sticker also found on the car was for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
The all house audio system and the surround system for the main TV really sound shockingly great. (I had no idea how much I would enjoy streaming music throughout the house with decent sound in every room even at very low listening levels!) But there was a problem:
I’ve recently been really getting into Spotify. They have an expansive and diverse music library that I find organized in a way that is easy to explore in understandable ways. I’ve especially enjoyed their Coffee Table Jazz playlist, as well as others.
I think everyone in symphony hall literally stopped breathing as this performance came to an end. Denève held the hall in complete silence for at least a minute as the last sound faded from this earth. I was slane.
Clean sound. Clear sound. Sound that is imminently present. This is the best listening experience I’ve ever had, and I can be very picky about audio fidelity. With computer speakers and cheap in home speakers (I got rid of my audiophile speakers many years ago: too big, too heavy.) I had given in to poor, mushy, non-defined […]
Last night I was watching the awesome BBC series, Sherlock. The moment I heard the opening title sequence, I was convinced I knew who had written it. The musical style sounded very similar to the style of the music in the opening sequence to House of Cards. The HOC theme is considerably more dissonant/bi-tonal, which I […]
Last Saturday night the San Francisco Symphony performed an evening of music composed by the Bach Family: Johann Sebastian and his son Carl Philipp Emanuel. As always, the performance was spectacular, featuring two principal players, and J. S. Bach’s music always feeds my soul. But I want to highlight a few specific things about the […]
Night at the San Francisco Symphony… Mahler‘s 3rd Symphony is about an hour and fifty minutes long with no intermission. Our seats are in the middle of the row. So, I minimized liquids at dinner, went to the bathroom twice before the concert began, and remained standing until the concert master appeared. There were two […]
Night at the Symphony A week ago tonight we went to the San Francisco Symphony: Till Fellner performed Mozart‘s Piano Concerto No. 24 in c Minor, K 491 (1786). Flawless, intricate voicing. And the symphony was at its best, with Semyon Bychkov conducting. The balance. The classical period restraint. The symbiosis. Gorgeous! I so wish […]