I've been away for a couple of days in Paris, now very tired and lots of catching up to do here I see.
But I went to 2 fantastic concerts while I was there.
The first in a very hot Theatre Mogador, and Lang Lang playing Rach 2. The opening was really soul stirring and set the scene for the whole concert. I thought I knew this concerto but I heard parts that were totally new to me. The romanticism was totally milked and it was impressively gorgeous because of this. In the second half it was Mahler 5 (and the wonderful adagietto). I have to say that the solo parts in this by the Orchestre de Paris were all great especially the trumpet at the beginning.
The second concert was outside in the park of Chateau Soubiran a few kilometres outside Paris and was very very cold. But what a splendid and fun concert with a great contrast. 3 wonderful violinsts all top of their particular field of fiddling. Didier Lockwood hosted the event, and has very firmly taken over Stephane Grapelli's baton and run off with it. The sounds he gets from the jazz violin are unbelievable. Next up was Maxim Vengerov, I needn't say any more here. I already have on other threads. Then Roby Lakatos and his gypsy Hungarian band...well WOW.
And then Maxim and Roby played Monti Czardas together, and then all three played a jazz piece together, gauntlets being passed around I think here, and firmly taken up. A great evening.