In a day a fighting fires (quite literally, but without anybody or anything getting charred), I at least had a very pleasant experience that I wanted to convey here: a Seattle Symphony concert.
In the program there were two pieces: Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B minor, “Unfinished”; and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 in E minor.
Schubert: a wonderful “short” symphony (short because it has only 2 movements), full of very great things, and this whole feeling that you are missing something. Brilliantly executed by the Seattle Symphony conducted by Gerard Schwarz. A very energetic, precise and yet emotional interpretation.
But nothing compared to Mahler’s 7th… Sure right now I’m being biased because I do prefer late Romantic period to Schubert’s early Romanticism, but it was such a fenomenal (for my poor ears) interpretation that I’m still a little stunned. If you haven’t heard Mahler’s 7th, and I wouldn’t blame you, as it seems to be something that is not that popular, you are in for an interesting surprise.
A very odd sounding 5-movement symphony, with strange instruments (for a symphony), like a guitar, a mandolin, a tenor horn and lots of different percussion varieties. A huge orchestration with 2 harps, 4 horns, 5 clarinets (1 bass and one Eb clarinet), 4 flutes, typical for Mahler. Quick variations between slow moving meditations and sudden quick and loud interludes. Or would it be quick and loud parts with sudden slow moving meditations?
If you ever come to Seattle, make sure to enjoy a Seattle Symphony concert. It will be worth it!
One interesting thing that happened in the concert is that when coming back from the intermission, there were a couple of people that were late arriving to their seats and Mr. Schwarz waited patiently on stage until all of them arrived to their seats to start the concert.
Another unexpected event was when the first violin simply lost one of his strings in the first movement of Mahler. We had a minute or so break to the second movement while he added a new string and set it all up.
Anyway, it was very exciting. When I came back home I was tired but I still had a lot of not-so-exciting things to do, but we have to pay the bills somehow. Pay for all the “yes”s that I’ve said in my life. But I did buy my tickets to go to San Diego and meet my sister. I just now need to book the hotel and a car rental.