Saturday, December 1, 2018

A Knight and The Master Make This A Great HSO Concert

The fetching Mrs. Sheralyn B and I will be blessed again to be trekking to Jones Hall in downtown Houston Saturday night to hear our grand Houston Symphony Orchestra in another great concert program.  While it is a short program of only two pieces, they are two grand pieces.  Beethoven's dramatic piano concerto #3 in C-minor, and Edward Elgar's First Symphony in Ab Major.  "Sir" Edward Elgar, that is.

Also, those patrons who come 45 minutes early to attend the prelude, will get some more great music [chamber music] from "the master".  We will get to hear four of our great HSO string virtuosos perform Movements 1 and 4 of Beethoven's String Quartet #4 in C-minor.  The pre-concert chamber music prelude will be hosted by the HSO's Musical Ambassador, Carlos Andres Botero.

From the Houston Symphony Orchestra web site: "Beethoven’s soulful and sparkling Piano Concerto No. 3 gets the superstar treatment from legendary pianist Garrick Ohlsson, whose virtuosic artistry yields “a sound so lush it almost glistens” (Seattle Times). Then, immerse yourself in the soaring musical world of Sir Edward Elgar as renowned conductor Edo de Waart—a master of grand-scale symphonies—leads the composer’s lavish, heartfelt First."

As always, when Sheralyn and I go to a Houston Symphony Orchestra concert I like to give a preview of a sample of what we will be hearing on Saturday night.  So, please turn up the volume and enjoy some wonderful music from "a knight and the master". 

L.V. Beethoven String Quartet #4 in C-minor, Movement 4, Allegro-Prestissimo:

L.V. Beethoven: Piano Concerto #3 in C-minor: 

Edward Elgar: Symphony #1 in A Flat-Major, Movement 3, Adagio: