Sunday, October 21, 2012

Dreaming On This Sunday

Before writing this post "Dreaming on Sunday" I must say a word about the concert the fetching Sheralyn and I attended at Jones Hall.  Without a doubt we have just seen the best performance by a pianist we have ever seen.  Sheralyn and I have seen many great pianists in Houston, but none greater than Lang Lang [from China].  I love Beethoven's 3rd piano concerto.  Lang Lang just took it to another level with his emotional, powerful unmatched interpretation of this concerto in C minor. The Houston concert goers [along with me] couldn't contain ourselves as we had to give a big ovation after the first movement.  We know the applause comes after the entire piece is over, but we were so awestruck by Lang Lang's performance we had to let him know how much we appreciated it.   Along with Lang Lang's riveting performance was that of the Houston Symphony Orchestra [one of the best symphony orchestras in the world] and the guest conductor, the young maestro born in Grenada, Spain, Pablo Heras-Casado.  Wow, is this guy good. With this being the great Hans Graf  last season as maestro of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, I wish there was some way we could get Pablo Heras-Casado out of his contract to be the conductor of our Houston Symphony Orchestra.  In the prelude lecture we have before the symphony, Heras-Casado was there in person to talk about himself and about the pieces we were about to hear. Wow, was that cool. If you ever get a chance to see Lang Lang perform or Pablo Heras-Casado conduct, you must go!
On this Sunday, Tales would like to turn to another piece composed by Robert Schumann [who was one of the composers featured on yesterday's post].  The moving, sentimental Traumerei ["Dreaming"]. This was the seventh in the collection of 13 pieces for piano entitled Kinderszenen or "Scenes from Childhood; these are Schumann's reminiscences of his childhood put to music.  The loved Traumerei in F Major is the best known of these pieces. It is very beautiful, moving and might bring a tear to your eye.

In April of 1986, the late great Russian born American pianist, Vladimir Horowitz, who was near the end of his career, made an emotional return to Moscow, giving a heart felt concert before adoring fans [many of whom I am sure thought they would never get to see their countryman perform live in their country].  This piece is short, but it is anything but short in emotion.  On Sunday's I usually say, sit back, relax and listen to this beautiful music.  I say that again, but with one added tip: have some Kleenex nearby.

Robert Schumann: "Traumerei" in F Major, Vladimir Horowitz, pianist:

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