May 15, 2009

Of Bruch and Bernstein…

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This article was submitted in partial fulfillment of the Music Criticism component for my BA(Hons) degree course. I couldn’t post it until now because it had to be marked and graded first. Enjoy (: “The orchestra plays mechanically, using mechanical energy; the conductor just moves his hands, and his movements…

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August 27, 2007

Concert Review: Clouds of Glory by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (Part 1)

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Sat, 25 Aug 07 CLOUDS OF GLORYChoo Hoey conductor Li Chuan Yun violin FELIX MENDELSSOHN BARTHOLDY The Fair Melusina: Overture, op. 32 PETER ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKYViolin Concerto in D major, op. 35 Intermission CLAUDE DEBUSSYNocturnes: Clouds and Festivals IGOR STRAVINSKYThe Firebird: Suite (1919 version)The long-awaited concert had finally arrived, and I…

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July 26, 2007

Tannhäuser

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It’s now 3:ooam, and I’ve just finished listening to Tannhäuser. The music, the orchestra, the singers… Marvelous orchestration, pitch-perfect singers, with the orchestra accompaniment that’s so sensitive, this must surely be one of the highest-levels of performing: doing such a tiring programme (stretches as long as 5 hours or more)…

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