Did you walk or take the train? It’s only a couple of hours.
The sad thing about Liverpool Cathedral is that it was designed by Giles Gilbert Scott, and everything he touched ended up looking like a power station. He would probably argue that his power stations look like cathedrals, not that anyone would agree.
Train (British Rail in the '70’s though ) and a fair walk from Liverpool station I seem to recall plus I was broke at the time.
Have to agree re Scott’s architecture, although the Catholic cathedral there isn’t much better. Like his phone boxes though!
Reminds me that I was due to hear Lise Davidsen sing in Fidelio (with Zeppenfeld and Kaufman), unfortunately it was the first night of lockdown in March 2020 so on the top of my stack of unused tickets. Hasn’t been rescheduled.
I feel you Steven. If it’s not Covid, it’s something else. Me and my friends haven’t felt safe going to downtown Seattle due to the high crime and lack of police. So haven’t done shows at either Benaroya Hall or Jazz Alley.
Someone stole my wife’s car a few weeks ago, but thankfully our personal safety is not something that ever crosses our mind at any time of the day or night. Trips to Covent Garden are usually on public transport. I’ve never felt unsafe anywhere in Europe. Alvin Ailey tomorrow night, always good dancers and an enjoyable show.
There was a time, years ago, when I thought this piece too far out, but these days it seems no stranger to my ear than Beethoven or Mendelssohn - suitable even for a nice “first spin” of the morning. That’s one of the things I love about classical music - how our ears can grow along with the art.
Explains things to a degree. My exposure to classical started with Bartok. Nice enough I thought. No pretensions, and with a certain energy that I am attracted to to this day. So to these ears Bartok’s work isn’t much of a reach. I guess I’m more into Twentieth Century composers, and the Vienna School to a greater degree than some.
I started as a teen with the Romantics and worked my way out in both directions.
Yes, as a teen and branched out into the Romantics, Baroque, Renaissance, and early music(s). Dipped into the classical avant-garde a bit.
An old favorite LP from 1978. Davies and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra - “Appalachian Spring” and “Three Places in New England.”
My first listen to Yo Yo Ma was on vinyl for Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello Suites. I eventually got a high rez digital version:
Per Nørgård : Symphony No. 8
Vienna Philharmonic, Sakari Oramo
Ernst Toch (1887-1964): String Quartets No. 11 op. 34 & No. 13 op. 74
Johann Wilhelm Wilms (1772-1847): Clarinet Concerto & Sinfonie Concertante
Ernst Schlader, clarinet
Harmonie Universelle - Andreas Spering
Arnold Bax : Piano Sonatas No.2 in G major, No. 3 in G sharp minor and No. 4 in G major
Michael Endres, piano