Friday, February 29, 2008

Did I Say Something About the Tchaik 5th?

I believe I did, and I think I was right, because guess who's playing it in Los Angeles next year:

Walt Disney Concert Hall
Monday, January 26, 2009, at 8 PM
San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
THOMAS Street Song
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 5
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5

I'll pass, thank you, but an early heads-up: I plan to attend these two:

Walt Disney Concert Hall
Thursday, January 15, 2009, at 8 PM
Saturday, January 17, 2009, at 8 PM
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Peter Sellars, director
Dawn Upshaw, soprano
Michael Schumacher, dancer
Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon, music director
SAARIAHO La Passion de Simone (LAPA commission; West Coast premiere)

Walt Disney Concert Hall
Friday, January 16, 2009, at 8 PM
Sunday, January 18, 2009, at 2 PM
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Katia and Marielle Labèque, pianos
JANÁ EK Sinfonietta
ANDRIESSEN Double Piano Concerto (LAPA commission; world premiere)
STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring


Michael Walsh said...

If they're taking it on the road then they'll definitely be playing it at home first. Good grief. Well, that's one week I can skip.

The other two look like a great weekend trip!

Michael Walsh said...

From that comment thread:

Henry Holland said...

Haha, for Esa-Pekka Salonen it would be "Oh god, Le Sacre du Printemps *again*"? :-)

And there it is on 1/16,18!

Lisa Hirsch said...

I guess I'd rather hear Sacre a little too often than the Tchaik 5th. Plus, live I've only heard MTT, and would love to hear Salonen in it.

Yes, a weekend trip is what I'm thinking. Debating whether I can stay until Wednesday and catch Tuesday night's Green Umbrella concert.

Henry Holland said...

Have to say, pretty weak tea overall for the LAP in Salonen's last season. I don't like the fact that he's not conducting the last concerts of the season, that there's other concerts after his all-Stravinsky concerts. It just seems......sad, like his leaving is just another freakin' subscription concert.

I fervently hope that with the departure of E-PS, Peter Sellars will vacate the premises too.

Still, some interesting pieces sprinkled among the dross: Kurtag's Stele, Ligeti's Atmospheres and Clocks and Clouds, the Green Umbrella Kurtag evening.

An all-Brahms evening, *SHUDDER*

Don't like the Vienna Philharmonic's programs much either. Why did the SFS have to program Brahms with the great 3 Orchestral Pieces of Berg? WHHHHYYYYYY? :-D

Oh well, I won't have to budget all that much money for tickets at least!

Lisa Hirsch said...

I finished reading the list of concerts and I agree completely about the weaknesses. At least the all-Vivaldi snoozefest by the Venice Chamber Orch (or whatever) will be easy to avoid.

SFS announces on Monday. I have various bets with myself about how much Messiaen and Carter there'll be.

Oh, come to think of it - there's no Messiaen scheduled for LAPO for next season and no Carter. Sheesh.