Sunday, March 26, 2017

Symphonic Mastery From 'The Master'

The fetching Mrs. B and I will be attending a special concert in Houston's Jones Hall this Saturday night, as our Maestro Andres Orozco-Estrada leads our world class Houston Symphony Orchestra in an all Beethoven program:  Symphony #6 "Pastoral", and Symphony #7.   
Maestro Andres Orozco-Estrada the director of the HSO
Speaking of our [HSO] great conductor, some fantastic breaking news via Carlos Andres Botero, the music ambassador for the Houston Symphony Orchestra on his Face Book page:  "Music Director AndrĂ©s Orozco-Estrada has extended his contract with the Houston Symphony into the 2021-22 season!"

This will be a great concert program featuring two of my favorite Beethoven symphonies.  It also features two of my favorite movements in the symphonic repertoire: the beautiful melodic last movement [Allegretto] in Beethoven's Pastoral symphony #6 and the beautiful and mesmerizing Allegretto movement of Beethoven's symphony #7. 

Here is how the Houston Symphony Orchestra website characterizes this weekend's symphony concert:  "An exploration of nature, Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony evokes cheerful feelings upon arrival in the countryside and a harrowing storm which resolves in one of music’s most satisfying finales. Beethoven’s lively Seventh Symphony abounds with high spirits that surround a haunting second movement, featured in films such as The King’s Speech."

As always, when we go to a Houston Symphony Orchestra concert, I like to give a small sample of what we will be hearing tonight.  [of course, if you want to hear it all, come to Houston and Jones Hall and join us!  :-)]

Please turn up the volume and play in full screen to hear some grand symphonic mastery from "the master".

L.V. Beethoven: Symphony #6 in F Major, Movement 3, Allegro; Movement 4, Allegro - "The Storm"; and Movement 5, finale, Allegretto, "Shepherd's Song":

L.V. Beethoven: Symphony #7 in A Major, Movement 2, Allegretto:

Update:  What a magnificent concert it was for me and the fetching Mrs. B.  We have never heard the Houston Symphony Orchestra sound any better - under the great baton of Maestro Andres Orozco-Estrada [HSO director] - this was indeed the sound of a world class orchestra in both the Beethoven 6th and 7th symphonies. 

They had a new set up of the orchestra, putting the double basses in the back where the percussion instruments usually are, and they had the timpani on the right side [from the patrons perspective].  Wow, it really made a difference in the wonderful sound. 

At the end of the awesome Beethoven 7th, the patrons leaped to their feet in shouts of Bravo, making Maestro Estrada come back for 3 standing ovations-a response you usually only see given to soloists in a virtuosic concerto.  This was truly a special concert.

Bravo and thank you Houston Symphony Orchestra!

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