Archive for November, 2012

Nov 10 2012

Luxembourg Deluxe

The Pittsburgh Symphony’s 2012 European Residency Tour has closed with another rapturous audience roaring its approval of the Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, and Stucky program – with encores and Manfred Honeck conducting. It was a slog to get here – a five-hour journey in the rain and fog from Stuttgart this morning. We made a 25-minute stop at the […]

Nov 09 2012

Stuttgart Liederhalle

Liederhalle Stuttgart The ride from Frankfurt to Stuttgart was smooth. I admired the nice fall colors in the leaves of trees along the Autobahn. We arrived late, and it was tough because the players went right to the stage of the Liederhalle to rehearse Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F with soloist […]

Nov 09 2012

Frankfurt Smile

Alte Oper, Frankfurt Der Alte Oper in Frankfurt is an elegant edifice with a square to itself facing the amazing skyscrapers of the city. Before the concert, I wandered down the shopping street leading away from the opera to the GoethePlatz, named for Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the writer who inspired so many composers. A […]

Nov 09 2012

Cologne Philharmonie

Pittsburgh Symphony at the Philharmonie, Cologne In Köln (Cologne), we heard three encores for the first time. The Philharmonie is underground, built in 1986 as part of the Ludwig Museum complex just behind the immense Cologne Cathedral. Built starting in the 11th century, the cathedral still stands dark and commanding on the skyline. I enjoyed […]

Nov 06 2012

Ooh La La! Pittsburgh in Paris

Manfred Honeck and Nikolai Znaider Parisians at the Salle Pleyel seemed to say “Ooh La La!” – asking for two encores and applauding in rhythm after the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Dvorak New World Symphony. The presenter of the concert, the Directeur de la Production Emmanuel Hondre, was over the top with praise. So was Pittsburgh Symphony […]

Nov 04 2012

Pittsburgh Symphony at the Musikverein

The Vienna Singverein cheek to cheek with the Pittsburgh Symphony With the sound of the cheers for Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” still in the ears, the Pittsburgh Symphony’s first-ever, week-long residency is in its last few hours. The Mozart Requiem on Thursday, and the Friday and Saturday Mahler concerts, were all full houses, virtually […]