Saturday with the SMP 5

Intermission. Why am I doing this to myself? Interesting exercise in any case.

So hot. I know I sound like I’m just being precious, but it really is hell in there.

Nice crowd. Quite tepid applause after the Beethoven, but after a long silence, which means they got it. That overture is as close to nihilism as Beethoven gets. Orchestra played fantastically on that. Beethoven 5 next year should be first rate.  

Schumann- poor Gemma. She’s lucky the cello didn’t melt. Wonderful playing and lots of surprises, which I always take as a compliment. The duet between her and Andrew, our principal cello, in the second movement worked really well.

Now, just toweling off and drinking some H2O before the second half. I’ve kept my trap shut so far tonight, but will rap a bit about the Shosty before we play it, and I think I’ll read the Dubinsky quote I reposted here the other day. How will we know if they get it? It’s not music you feel like applauding, in fact, you almost shouldn’t applaud but simply let the music join the silence for as long as feels right.

Looking forward to a very cold beer.

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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