Last weekend, my husband and I received tickets to the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) to watch the final offering of MPO's Beethoven Symphonies series for 2012/2013 conducted by Claus Peter Flor.
Let me be frank with you.
Despite knowing WHO Beethoven is, I am not a true fan, and I say this in all kind honesty and not to discredit this musical extraordinaire - I say this because I did not have the privilege of learning about classical music like most of my peers who studied piano/violin/etc and classical music, hence me not being a "fan". But my husband (a jazz fanatic) and I were open to this invitation after listening to the acoustics at the MPO with a wonderful performance by Lewis Pragasam months back.
Being a bit of a "kill-joy" (as my husband sometimes refers me to), I went about researching about this performance. ( I do this with movies -- I need to know the synopsis and the cast/crew involved prior to watching the movie; where else my husband can be quite content on watching a movie based on just the title and look & feel of the poster)
I'm guessing the title "Towering 9th" was given because of its towering culmination to all of Beethoven's greatest symphonies? I found out later it's because it's based on Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. (Oooooohhhh!)
"Occasionally referred to as the Choral Symphony, the 70-minute work is widely regarded as universal music that gives voice to humanity."
Like Opera and Ballet, you either hate or love it.
Getting dressed up and driving ALL the way to the MPO, I was hoping for the latter.
The MPO collaborated with the Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir and the beautifully, talented soprano Ms Susanne Bernhard. Joining them is German tenor Dominik Wortig, baritone Detlef Roth as well as American mezzo-soprano, Ms Katherine Rohrer -- all of whom have had intense experiences in the operatic world and have joined forces with prominent orchestras from all around the world.
Highly demanded as an opera and concert singer at prestigious festivals, recordings and broadcasts. He performs mostly all imporant lyric tenor roles.
(He looks like someone I could hang out with)
A noble voice with a flair for comedy (you should stalk his website, check out his On-stage pictures -- pretty cool!)
Roth has sung operatic works composed by Beethoven, Haydn, Mahler, Schubert and Schumann.
Known for her warm, expressive tone and dramatically emotional performances. She has gained critical acclaim for her performaces in La Damnation, Les Contes, A Midsummer's Night's Dream and Lady Macbeth.
|I found this picture of the (ironically) deaf music composer and pianist the most pleasant one.|