Went to the Sydney Opera House last night to listen to three of Ashkenazy's favourite pieces of music. And he conducted them in great style and energy:
* Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture
* Richard Strauss: Oboe Concerto
* Walton: Symphony No1
This last piece was new to ne and is quite complex, but Ashkenazy very structured and limpid direction make it almost obvious to understand and certainly fascinating to listen too. The Sydney Symphony Orchestra is very energetic at most times, but the musicians seemed particularly inspired and gave us a mind blowing performance.
The program advertised a new box set from Decca and decided today to order it for my upcoming birthday.
Given the fact that I still have to listen to a few records from my previous Decca purchase, it will certainly give months of listening pleasure! Feel free to send me your own musical gifts - you can find shipping details on my "contact us' page. Many thanks in advance for your generous support!
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.