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Vienna New Year Concert 2017
Posted by Geoff Diggines on January 2, 2017, 10:39 am
Sometimes watching a concert event on TV can reveal much more than actually attending the concert, with all manner of close camera frames. For me the only redeeming element here was the superb playing of the Vienna Philharmonic, who can really play this music without a conductor. The announcer kept making references to the fact that Mr Dudamel was the youngest conductor to conduct this event. A piece of information I could have done without! Are we entering some kind of 'youth' cult here? The camera kept panning in on Dudamel's bizarre, antic gestures, stamping, grimacing, jumping, head-tossing, with copious hair flowing everywhere. I did not notice one player actually looking at Mr Dudamel, and there were some fairly close shots. One strange feature; when Dudamel conducted the traditional audience clapping in the Radetsky march, it all sounded rather contrived, tame, dull, dead, no sense of abandon, enjoyment! Perhaps the Haute Bourgeois ladies in the audience were worried about displacing their very expensive jewellery or creasing their designer garb bought the day before in the most exclusive outlets of Paris, Milan... When the likes of Clemens Krauss, Carlos Kleiber, Georges Pretre and Harnoncourt conducted these concerts, they were real musical events. In 2017 are they just another species of globalisation, dumbing down, call it what you will...?
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