Sir Simon Rattle and LA Phil 5/7/12

May 8, 2012

I went to the concert last Saturday 5/5 after our recital in Pasadena. Of course I can’t miss this opportunity, LA Phil with Sir Simon Rattle, and Ligeti, Wagner, Bruckner, and Mahler joined by his wife, mezzo-soprano, Magdalena Kozena. It was an amazing night with just great music making. It is so interesting that the same orchestra sounds so different under the different conductors. Under Sir Rattle LA Phil created so many layers of tone color, energy, expression, togetherness—-. The audience was very moved by the power of music in Bruckner. It is a gigantic work, but it was cohesive and beautiful. Sir Rattle was conducting by memory and nothing was unnatural. We were drowned into the world of Bruckner. It was the best Bruckner I ever heard. In Mahler Kozena showed exceptional depth in expression and interpretation. Her voice is so pure, but has power to ring though the big hall. Somehow it was one of the noisiest audience I ever heard, coughing loudly here and there, dropping things here and there—. But anyway it was a memorable night of Sir Rattle and LA Phil collaboration.

 

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