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  •  Hello, everyone! (4+ / 0-)

    Nothing particularly loserly to write about this week, just the usual stuff: shitty job, lousy pay, yadda yadda yadda.

    The Philly orchestra played recently (within the past month) in NYC, I think Carnegie Hall, and got a terrific review from the Times.  It's nice to see Philly making a comeback.

    Longer ago, the local orchestra here played in Philly, and got lots of ... press?  Well: attention anyway from WRTI.  I think WRTI was broadcasting the performance live.  It would, of course, have been while I was at work: these things always are.

    I don't think our local orchestra in any way ranks with the storied Philadelphia Orchestra.  Maybe Philly O was out of town, and they needed some second-raters to fill in the gap.

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    by Youffraita on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 11:01:20 PM PST

    •  heard this concert via the..... (2+ / 0-)
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      ......intertubes.  It struck me as good, if not earth-shatteringly wonderful.  It seems that the good folk of NYC want to see the orchestra come back, so the crowd in the hall and the critics are going to be nice, unless outright disaster dictates otherwise.

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      by chingchongchinaman on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 12:01:32 AM PST

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      •  It is true that (3+ / 0-)

        the NYT Arts section has paid very close attention to the Philly O during and after its Chapter 11.

        Perhaps they see it as a cautionary tale?

        Philly is also the closest city with a major orchestra.  I mean, by Amtrak, it's less than two hours, and if Congress allows the tracks to be upgraded to high-speed rail, it would be less than the amount of time to get from either NYC or Philly to either airport: I mean, high-speed rail on THAT corridor would make air travel obsolete.

        So there might perhaps be some sister-city feelings there, on the part of the NYT music critics.

        But...Philly's orchestra was a major player for most of the twentieth century and it would be a shame for it to disappear, and I think that too is part of the rah-rah from NYC.

        Don't you?

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        by Youffraita on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 12:13:10 AM PST

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        •  it's also the fact that the NYT arts pages..... (0+ / 0-)

          ......are the biggest forum amongst US papers for the arts, even though in principle, anyone can search any local newspaper for stories about The Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy situation a while back, or the current disaster with the Minnesota Orchestra now.  As well, The Philadelphia Orchestra has been a regular part of the Carnegie Hall series for years now, and it would be terrible if that were to be lost.

          Plus, if nothing else, orchestras in different cities aren't like sports teams, at least in any sort of overt rivalry :) .

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          by chingchongchinaman on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 12:46:28 AM PST

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    •  Carnegie Hall is better than Avery Fisher (1+ / 0-)
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      I heard both the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic in the same week a couple years ago. Both orchestras have had conductor changes since then, but I was most impressed with the sound in Philadelphia in the Verizon hall.

      I thought the sound in the Avery Fisher hall was a disaster, and the playing of the NYP was sloppy. Carnegie Hall has it's drawbacks, but sound is not one of them. So a visiting orchestra playing there has an advantage.

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      by Tuba Les on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 01:30:44 AM PST

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      •  oh, of course, absolutely (0+ / 0-)

        I'll admit, however, that when I recently saw the Budapest Festival Orchestra on tour there, they sounded pretty good in AFH, particularly upstairs in Rachmaninoff 2.  I think that Ivan Fischer has conducted there a number of times, both with the BFH and as a guest with the NY Phil, so he knows how to work the hall and get the best that he can out of it.

        Was Maazel conducting the NYP when you'd heard them a few years back?  I've only heard Maazel lead them once, and Gilbert with them not at all.  I've heard Gilbert as a guest conductor a few times way back here with the SLSO; OK, if not stupendous.

        "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

        by chingchongchinaman on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 10:34:41 PM PST

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