Saturday, August 17, 2013

Bravo, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal

The fetching Mrs. B and I just returned from our vacation in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The first night of our trip we got to enjoy Montreal's symphony orchestra, known as the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal [OSM], directed by a really fine Maestro, Kent Nagano.  This concert took place in an outdoor theater very similar to a place Mrs B and I often frequent that is just outside of Houston, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Theater in the Woodlands, Texas.

As I have stated many times on the Tales classical weekends, the Houston Symphony Orchestra is on par with any orchestra here in the United States of America.  In my humble opinion, the Houston Symphony Orchestra is the best symphony orchestra in the United States.  Well, I have only seen one symphony orchestra in Canada, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and I must admit this is a great orchestra on par with the great Houston Symphony Orchestra.  It would be hard to believe that there could be a better one in all of Canada. 

I like their conductor, Kent Nagano, who, while not overly dramatic, is very steady and precise in his interpretations of the masters.  All sections of the orchestra are very fine, and I especially enjoyed their brass section.  We really enjoyed the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal and to all of them we say, Bravo!

Please enjoy this video of the orchestra we saw while in Canada playing the exciting Gioachino Rossini's William Tell Overture.  This must be a recent video as I recognize the concert master and other members of the string section and many of the other members of the orchestra. Maestro Kent Nagano is at the podium.

Rossini's William Tell Overture is one the most recognized and favorite overtures with the exciting climactic theme used as the theme song by the favorite Lone Ranger series of many years ago.

Unfortunately, this video is not of the best quality as it has a blank screen for about 30 seconds just after the 10 minute mark.  But I am using this so that you can also enjoy this great symphony orchestra from Canada.

Please turn up the volume to enjoy this great music delivered by Maestro Kent Nagano and the OSM.   

Gioachino Rossini: William Tell Overture:

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