What is to reach the heart must come from above. If it does not, it will be nothing but notes, body without spirit.
--Ludwig van Beethoven
Music is God's best gift to man. The only art of heaven given to earth, the only art of earth we take to heaven.
--Letitia Elizabeth Landon
The composer's name is Dankner. It's actually a very good piece. There's another well-wrtten piece by somebody who's supposed to be the latest darling of the NYC critics, a fellow named Roumain. I was pretty pleased by the quality of the newer, living composer works on this program.
If I sound surprised that some new stuff is good, forgive me. It's just that I've heard and played enough garbage where it's nice to play stuff that's got some craft behind it. That doesn't mean it has to be tonal. It just has to have an idea and some development to shake my tree. Otherwise it's just another yawn for me.
I wish I could hear it. We were out of town last night, and tonight I have a church gig.
Ladies and gents, if you have never heard ML play in the upper register, I can tell you he has as big a set of cojones as any "lead" player out there. I can think of 2 instances years ago when I was playing extra in the MO section with him. One weekend we were doing Bernstein's "Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs".........I was on the 5th part, honking out low stuff and Manny was 3 octaves above me, just wailing F's and F#'s. Another time we did a thing with the Canadian Brass. I believe it was "Beale Street Blues"...ML was just wailing. And of course, the duets with him and Doc. Incredible playing.
Or a little doit up to the double C (Bb)! Come on...you know you want to!
I heard the F! I saw the kiss-off! I felt the sheer power of that amazing spiritual music! I also smelled the scorching Monette horn and tasted the remnants of burning brass in the air of Orchestra Hall.
Ok, those last two are a stretch.
Awesome concert, Mr. Laureano! I especially enjoyed Blur, which was a surprise since techno music and I usually don't get along very well.
Last edited by SamTheMan; 03-11-2007 at 12:26 AM.
"A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence." Leopold Stokowski
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