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R.Strauss Der Rosenkavalier Act 1 “Di Rigori Armato Il Seno”

April 25th, 2011 by Jaime Feldman · Uncategorized

I was surprised by how much tension is displayed in this scene…..it reminds me of Don Juan in the way the melodies are organized and the way the transitions are set up, yet I was much more held in suspence by this music. Don Juan is a bit too scattered for my liking, too much abruptness in the shifting of harmonies. But this was more melodic and pleasant to hear. I did like the part where they danced together in front of the bed. Loved the set!

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Wagner, Parsifal Act III

April 18th, 2011 by Jaime Feldman · Uncategorized

I watched the version with Levine conducting. My favorite part of this performance was the Good Friday music, because of the peacefulness I felt when Parzival comes to the meadow to find Kundry after she has been revived by the Holy water. When Parzival, Gurnemanz and Kundry return to the castle the music is some of the most suspenceful i’ve ever heard. It is also quite ominous and eerie, with the increasing bass line underneath. Wagner’s music is strange in that it combines the beautiful serene themes with the rugged ugly themes. Sometimes I was confused as to what emotion I should be experiencing. The woodwinds have a beautiful theme that is accompanied by the eerie notes in the bass line. I especially liked the scene change that occures when they approach the castle. I cant say I enjoyed this part, because of the eeriness in texture.
One of the most significant details about Wagner’s talent displayed here is that Wagner’s music does truly convey feeling more clearly and piercingly than thought; thought is replaced by feeling. The themes we hear in the music are more powerful than anything else in their emotional intentions.

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Verdi, Don Carlos (Act IV)

April 11th, 2011 by Jaime Feldman · Uncategorized

This music is indeed very dramatic: it caters to the idea of music being an expression of cosmic will. Don Carlos is saved by Posa who dies in order save Don Carlos so he will become ruler of Spain. Verdi is trying to make a statement with his music, in this case a political one. The performance I watched was with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. I like the cello solo in the beginning of the prelude to act IV. My favorite part is when Posa goes to talk to Don Carlos at the prison. The introductory music is tranquil, and celestial.

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Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel Piano Trio in D minor op. 11;Clara Schumann Three Romances for Violin and Piano op. 22

March 21st, 2011 by Jaime Feldman · Uncategorized

I listened to a recording of the Atlantis Trio of the Mendelssohn. I love the 3rd movement because it is so whimsical, and there is a cello solo that I wanted to last longer (being a cellist.) The 4th is ominous, and emotional but I didn’t connect with it as much. I had never heard of this piece! In Clara Schumann’s Three Romances for Violin and Piano, the first was my favorite. It reminded me of a Chopin nocturne, and it was so calming. I think Clara writes similar to Robert’s style, but she seemed more adventurous..she took more risks in what she composed. The recording was Karen Humle and Kristen Beyer. I think that this music really speaks to the listener as if the notes could be set to words. Especially the third movement spoke to me in this way. The violin sounds like someone telling us of a journey they took, and the piano paints the backdrop of the scenery in the adventure. I picture a lost traveler wandering among the hills (hills represented by the rolling chords in the piano lines.) She also seemed to have the gift of writing notes often as if they were specific words, (like Robert could.)

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Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Act 1)

March 6th, 2011 by Jaime Feldman · Uncategorized

This opera really makes us relate such as in the parts where the audience directly relates with the cast by laughing along with them (when they are half-speaking half singing) we are able to engage because we are watching something that is apart from us. We are not actually engaged physically with what goes on, but we want to laugh. This relates to the aspect of the “carnival” style of opera.

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Shubert Trout Quintet

February 27th, 2011 by Jaime Feldman · Uncategorized

I adore this quintet. (I have ever since i saw a documentary in which Jacqueline Du Pre plays with Perlman, Zukerman, and Baremboim) The beautiful theme of the 4th mvt (Tema. Andantino-variations 1-5) sounds almost like it could be put to words. It’s so light and playful in character. The performance I watched was from the Zagreb International Chamber Music Festival. I thought it was a very wonderful and accurate representation of this piece. I like how the bass and cello smiled at each other when they both have the melody together in unison :) It was everything it should be, intonation lovely. Playful, but even a bit feisty and impish. The cello solo was so gorgeous…….! I was really impressed. I highly recommend this performance to watch!

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Beethoven Missa Solemnis (D dur, opus 123) Kyrie

February 21st, 2011 by Jaime Feldman · Uncategorized

Very beautiful, and ethereal/celestial. This piece really seems to embody the first two Beethovian themes of the “Romantic plot”: 1) Beethoven’s superiority and conviction that he was God, and 2) The transcendent nature of his music, and its ability to enact transcendence for the listeners. I think it really applies to the second of these, but i’m not sure if it is a reflection of any kind of struggle Beethoven was going through, or perhaps just a piece representing his ability to bring his listeners to another world.
I was definitely moved, especially when the soprano came in, in the beginning, and soared over the orchestra, bringing us to a world beyond.

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February 17th, 2011 by Jaime Feldman · Uncategorized

This is amazing. The pacifica string quartet concert was out of this world…….the violist was really solid


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February 16th, 2011 by Jaime Feldman · Uncategorized

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