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music in Munich

October 22, 2010

I heard the Munich Philharmonie last night… and felt totally exhilarated. Christian Thielemann conducted, with Renee Fleming as soloist in Mahler’s Rueckert lieder. She was wonderful, especially in the last three songs which had the intensity of great music making. Despite some fool’s phone ringing twice (!) in pianissmo passages. Argh.

The real treat was the Brahms 4th symphony – perfect playing (of course!), wonderful colours and dynamics and a musical energy that popped right off the stage. I could have sat there forever.

The first piece in the programme was by Shreker. The orchestra sounded wonderful, the work itself less so – it sounded like bad Richard Strauss.

A twinge of sadness too, when hearing this and looking at what’s coming up in Munich…. it would be so nice to have all this music in Joburg!

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  1. Richard van Schoor permalink
    February 22, 2011 1:51 pm

    Yes, the musical and cultural life in Munich is quite extraordinary and it never seems to stop, 365 days a year. The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra is REALLY worth hearing too. It has apparently been voted one of the 5 best orchestras in the world …
    http://www.br-online.de/br-klassik/br-symphonieorchester/index.xml
    It is a somewhat elitest society here in Munich though … we could do with a little Joburg here from time to time! Still, it is an amazing privilege to live in a city with six professional orchestras, two opera houses and a host of other orchestral ensembles who contribute to the musical life of the city.

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