The orchestra will play a long piece, Rachmaninoff’s second symphony, then intersperse it with selections from Bach’s concerto for violin and oboe, with the soloists playing those instruments, said Carmon DeLeone, the symphony’s musical director.

Okay. Something seems very odd with all of this. First of all “the soloists playing those instruments” … um … well yes, when there’s a concerto for violin and oboe the soloists would play those instruments. And then … are they saying they are going back and forth between the two works. Maybe I’m just not undertanding the article. That is often the case. Feel free to help me out!

But if they really are hopping back and forth between the two works, no comment. Aside from “no thank you”.


It would be good if I read a complete article before I wrote about it, eh? The article goes on:

DeLeone thought it wise to break up the 46-minute Rachmaninoff symphony into sections, which actually might help some listeners recognize the piece. Pop songwriters have been known to co-opt Rachmaninoff melodies into their own tunes.

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. This is really sad.

Even more…

As for the Bach tune, that is famous as a concerto specifically for violin and oboe, hence the two soloists playing those instruments Hal Grossman plays violin; Adrian Gnam, the oboe.


07. March 2007 · Comments Off on Video Time · Categories: imported, Videos

Magical stuff. Sort of Cirque du Soleil-ish. (If you ask me.)

Influences. Body painting in a way I’ve never seen before.

The best way to hear Tchaik’s 1812 Overture. (I’ll never forget the performances we had with this group back when San Jose Symphony (RIP) existed. They did 1812, and it was just incredible. I sure wish we could have them here with Symphony Silicon Valley. I can dream, yes?)