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Old 02-11-2017, 10:54 PM   #134
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Last night:

Beethoven Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in d minor, Op. 125

Budapest Festival Orchestra: Iván Fischer, conductor
Richard Goode, piano
UMS Choral Union
Laura Aikin, soprano
Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano
Robert Dean Smith, tenor
Matthew Rose, bass

Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

The highlight of course was the Ninth and it was wonderful. Every movement seemed to pass to quickly because it was so good. The audience was pretty well behaved, but felt it was free time for coughing between movement. Between every movement there was a loud din of coughing in the place. But it does ruin things because the pauses between movement are supposed to be just that, pauses, not noisy interludes. What I don't get is how these people could avoid coughing through 20 minutes of a movement and then just had to cough.

A fun part was watching the piano go below stage on a section of floor that slowly descended then came back up without the piano.

One cellist almost didn't make it because of the travel ban.
There are no long Wagner operas. Only short attention spans.

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