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Subject: Music to my ears!

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/01/08 at 5:33 am

Location:
Royal Festival Hall

The Players:
London Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Osmo Vanska

Music Played:
Tannhauser Overture by Richard Wagner
Violin Concerto by Ludwig Van Beethoven (soloist: Lisa Batiashvili)
Symphony No.4 by Jean Sibelius


The Tannhauser Overture was powerful to hear, with the haunting "Pilgrims Chorus".

The Beethoven Violin Concerto was played in a wonderful manner, and during the first movement one of the strings broke on the soloist violin (Stradivarius 1709), with concerto continuing from almost at the start.

Now what can I say about the Sibelius Symphony, it was composed at the time when Sibelius was suffering from cancer and feared its return, and the music showed the morbid sadness.

Sorry, no pictures.





Subject: Re: Music to my ears!

Written By: Henk on 05/01/08 at 10:33 am




The Tannhauser Overture was powerful to hear, with the haunting "Pilgrims Chorus".


I remember singing it with our choir, though I can't remember the exact lyrics (the German version). I enjoyed singing it, but sadly it's no longer part of our current repertoire.

Subject: Re: Music to my ears!

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/01/08 at 10:37 am


I remember singing it with our choir, though I can't remember the exact lyrics (the German version). I enjoyed singing it, but sadly it's no longer part of our current repertoire.
Even now the haunting melody of the horns still ring in my ears.

Subject: Re: Music to my ears!

Written By: Henk on 05/01/08 at 11:08 am


I remember singing it with our choir, though I can't remember the exact lyrics (the German version). I enjoyed singing it, but sadly it's no longer part of our current repertoire.


Found it...These are the first lines

Beglückt darf nun dich, o Heimat, ich schauen
und grüssen froh deine lieblichen Auen


..and the last lines:

Der Gnade Heil ist dem Büsser beschieden,
er geht einst ein in der Seligen Frieden!
Vor Höll' und Tod ist ihm nicht bang,
drum preis' ich Gott mein Lebenlang.
Halleluja!
Halleluja in Ewigkeit! In Ewigkeit!



O man, this brings back memories. :)

Subject: Re: Music to my ears!

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/01/08 at 11:11 am


Found it...These are the first lines

Beglückt darf nun dich, o Heimat, ich schauen
und grüssen froh deine lieblichen Auen


..and the last lines:

Der Gnade Heil ist dem Büsser beschieden,
er geht einst ein in der Seligen Frieden!
Vor Höll' und Tod ist ihm nicht bang,
drum preis' ich Gott mein Lebenlang.
Halleluja!
Halleluja in Ewigkeit! In Ewigkeit!



O man, this brings back memories. :)

...or as I remembered last night, the cartoon with Bugs Bunny singing Wagner with Elmer Fudd

Subject: Re: Music to my ears!

Written By: Henk on 05/01/08 at 11:44 am


...or as I remembered last night, the cartoon with Bugs Bunny singing Wagner with Elmer Fudd


Well, I'm sure it didn't sound anything like our choir singing Wagner. ;D

In case you're interested: I managed to rip something off of a CD we made of the concert for our 75th anniversary.
Here's us singing "Pilgrim's Choir" from Tannhäuser (German lyrics!). Mind you...It's only a part of the choir, and we're not professionals.... ;)

Subject: Re: Music to my ears!

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/01/08 at 11:47 am


Well, I'm sure it didn't sound anything like our choir singing Wagner. ;D

In case you're interested: I managed to rip something off of a CD we made of the concert for our 75th anniversary.
Here's us singing "Pilgrim's Choir" from Tannhäuser (German lyrics!). Mind you...It's only a part of the choir, and we're not professionals.... ;)
I have shivers down my spine...

A wonderful sound, well done.

Subject: Re: Music to my ears!

Written By: Henk on 05/01/08 at 11:54 am


I have shivers down my spine...

A wonderful sound, well done.


Thank you. :) At least the recording was done professionally (more or less), and the string players we hired were professionals too.

I think the "Pilgim's Choir" is one of the best pieces on the CD.

Subject: Re: Music to my ears!

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/01/08 at 11:55 am


Thank you. :) At least the recording was done profesionally (more or less), and the string players we hired were professionals too.

I think the "Pilgim's Choir" is one of the best pieces on the CD.
It was the first my son had heard the Tannhauser Overture properly and he was overwhelmed by it.

Subject: Re: Music to my ears!

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/01/08 at 12:04 pm


...or as I remembered last night, the cartoon with Bugs Bunny singing Wagner with Elmer Fudd
What's Opera, Doc? (1957, Chuck Jones)

Subject: Re: Music to my ears!

Written By: Howard on 05/01/08 at 3:27 pm


What's Opera, Doc? (1957, Chuck Jones)


I remember that.

Subject: Re: Music to my ears!

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/01/08 at 3:30 pm


I remember that.
I have already watched it twice today.

Subject: Re: Music to my ears!

Written By: CatwomanofV on 05/01/08 at 3:58 pm


What's Opera, Doc? (1957, Chuck Jones)




Kill the wabbit, kill the wabbit.



Cat

Subject: Re: Music to my ears!

Written By: Howard on 05/01/08 at 4:02 pm


I have already watched it twice today.


I have it on VHS.

Subject: Re: Music to my ears!

Written By: Dagwood on 05/01/08 at 4:04 pm




Kill the wabbit, kill the wabbit.



Cat


Karma for making me giggle. ;D

Subject: Re: Music to my ears!

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/01/08 at 4:09 pm


I have it on VHS.
We have it to, but is is easier to see it on YouTube now.

Subject: Re: Music to my ears!

Written By: Howard on 05/01/08 at 4:10 pm


We have it to, but is is easier to see it on YouTube now.


There was a Bugs Bunny Marathon 11 years ago on Cartoon Network.

Subject: Re: Music to my ears!

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/01/08 at 4:20 pm


There was a Bugs Bunny Marathon 11 years ago on Cartoon Network.
I tape a load of them onto one VHS tape when my son was small.

Subject: Re: Music to my ears!

Written By: Henk on 05/01/08 at 5:03 pm


What's Opera, Doc? (1957, Chuck Jones)


I don't recall having seen this episode ever before. Hard to believe it's over 50 years old. :o

Subject: Re: Music to my ears!

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/01/08 at 5:03 pm


I don't recall having seen this episode ever before. Hard to believe it's over 50 years old. :o
That shocked me to 1957, my year of birth.

Subject: Re: Music to my ears!

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/04/08 at 9:05 am

For such a wonderful piece of music the Beethoven Voilin Concerto is, I am listening to it right now.

Subject: Re: Music to my ears!

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/05/08 at 3:41 am

It turns out that ClassicFM broadcasted a recording of the concert last Friday evening, and it is no available to "Listen Again" up to Friday this week.

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