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I wonder if I'll get back in the habit of blogging more often, I just don't know.

Had a very nice Valentine's Day, not a date, but a lovely concert! Haydn's Creation. I've heard it once before (in a concert hall, I mean). It's just an incredible work. As I particularly like the sound of double reeds, I'm charmed by the bassoons, contrabassoon, oboe, and English horn...or was that two oboes?

In fact, the only thing I didn't like was that in the movement where the birds are created, I couldn't hear the bassoons as the doves. The clarinet (lark) and flute (nightingale) were clearly audible. And I could see the bassons playing, but heard nothing.

However, there was a very handsome trumpeter, which made for some nice visuals!

Is to give you an idea of the seats we had.

I went with Hardy, my roommate, who has a very difficult time sitting still for that long, but who does enjoy the experience. I think when I buy my tickets for the coming season I'll put a note on Facebook and let people pick concerts...we'll see.

After that, we went to Veniero's until about midnight.

Yesterday was a lazy day. I went to church, again impressed by Fr. Tony's preaching. Had lunch. Then Hardy and I went shopping for those staple kind of things and some things so that it's easy to just heat something for dinner.

While I love winter, I'm really looking forward to spring this year!
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Mar. 26th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
Perhaps being on the side had something to do with not hearing the bassoons. Reading this makes me want to download the creation and listen for that section . I've always heard the german version so never paid attention to the drama of the piece.
Mar. 26th, 2009 12:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Bassoons
That could easily be the case....but the seats I have give such a great view of the players (and singers) that I'm not willing to change! This performance was in German, but it's such a fine marriage of text and music....
Mar. 26th, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
Do you get a subscription to Carnegie Hall concerts? I've always found concerts there to be mostly out of my price range. I almost attended the $10.00 performance of Tippett's "A Child of Our Time" last Friday (but ended up seeing something on Broadway instead).

These days I'm in the habit of getting subscriptions to Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the price of the Orchestral subscriptions, and the typical offerings, at Avery Fisher being too pricey/too familiar to manage (though I'm bummed to have missed a recent performance of the scaled down version of Brahm's German Requiem.

I stumbled across your blog via Tkn114 (Thanh) if you were wondering .....
Mar. 26th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
I take my income tax refund and spend it all...at once. It is expensive, but I moved here from Dallas, where classical music was more expensive, or so it seemed. I know I miss many things I would love...Mostly, go to recitals, but I'm branching out a bit lately....
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