November 17th, 2007

mozart

Symphony

Went to the Colorado Symphony last night with a couple of friends (both of who are on LiveJournal and will presumably see this, so I shouldn't mention that they snored through the whole thing or anything. Not that they did. As far as I'm saying, anyway).

Anyway, let's see... The lineup:

Barber - Adagio for Strings

I actually never knew Barber was an American, but then, I never really knew anything about him, because this is probably the only piece anyone has ever heard, and the only one I have in my library. It's, uh... Slow, sappy, and a bit depressing. Although, on reflection, it may have been my second favorite piece of the night (so... Uh, yeah).

Vivaldi - Concerto for Violin and Cello

Definitely the highlight of the night. I've never actually heard any Vivaldi that I didn't like (at least a little), even if his range is, well, a bit limited (once you've heard one Vivaldo concerto... But, well, he's solidly baroque after all). This was quite a fun little piece, and I need to see if I can find a recording.

Mozart - Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter"

One of his four or five best known symphonies, and, unsurprisingly, one his four or five favorites. It's not bad, but not a favorite of mine either... I would rather have heard 25, 29, or 40 or something, it was feeling... Kinda repetitive by the end.

Brahms - Concerto for Violin and Cello "Double Concerto"

I'm not the world's biggest fan of the cello, so as a rule, I don't really like cello showpiece works. Given that Brahms is really hit and miss for me, I wasn't expecting much, and my expectations were not particularly exceeded. I was pretty bored through most of this piece. The last movement had bits where I thought it might be going somewhere interesting, but they didn't, really. It's safe to say I'm not going to be out looking for a copy of this piece for my collection.

Anyway, afterwards we wandered over to the 16th Street Mall and had cheesecake burritos and this place that I can't quite remember the name of right now (and drinks, and other munchies), then Dusty and I continued wandering over to Mori's where we sang karaoke. Well, Dusty sang, and then whined until I sang, too. Whiner. And, uh, let's just say, all of you reading this who have done karaoke with me who think you can't sing? Well, compared to some of these guys, you can sing. Oh, yeah. There was some pain. Pain induced by friends having fun isn't pain at all, but pain induced by complete strangers is just pain.

And... Eventually I got home and to sleep by maybe 2AM or so.
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