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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 10:22 am    Post subject: Alexander Shelley Reply with quote

I am attending the concert of Alexander Shelley, a young UK conductor not usually associated with Sibelius, performing the second symphony with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra the day after.

So, why am I writing this?

Because I have just attended the pre-concert discussion, which lasted 1.5 hours.

The conductor spoke about his views on Messiaen (for the other piece of music programmed for the concert) and Sibelius. He explained the structure of S2 with full orchestra playing excerpts from time to time. He was very logical and talkative, which contradicted my impressions on conductors - I thought they were only good at speaking with music, not with words - my fault.

I asked him several questions, including how he ranked the seven symphonies. (so you know who I am if you had attended. Haha) He said the first priorities for programming music are S2 and S5, because they are easier to understand for common people after food and drinks.... etc etc, which I agree.

I would describe his conducting as very vivid that results with power-house style music, sometimes too strong. Overall, beautiful. Perhaps S2 is too difficult to go wrong.

I greatly appreciate such kind of FREE pre-concert discussion, it is extremely insightful for people with no technical music knowledge like me. Nonetheless, I rarely come across similar events by conductors in my home town.

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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2014 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I quite agree with you tissues. I also enjoy attending pre-concert discussions from time to time. The last such event was at the start of Storgards Sibelius symphony cycle in Manchester last year. I was able to ask the maestro about the three late fragments that he had recorded. I've known the Halle orchestras chief conductor Sir Mark Elder talk about a particular piece of music for several minutes before performing it. More conductors should try this--kp

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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have just returned from the concert.
As I had expected, tonight's S2 was BANG BANG BANG - mostly heavy notes, like a powerful march.
I prefer the S2 to be like a swift flight of a bird...
My friend loved tonight's version though.
There's no right or wrong, but personal like or dislike, about interpretations.


@kullervopete and others,
Are there any online resources explaining technical details of the Sibelius symphonies with full orchestra playing excerpts alongside with verbal elaborations in English?
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


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I always enjoy listening to Stephen Johnsons talks on music broadcast by the BBC. If you click on the above link then you should be able to hear discussions on Symphonies 2, 4 and 5 with musical excerpts Smile kp

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