And the winner is…….

By | July 29, 2007 at 1:27 pm | One comment | Daytona Beach International Festival July 2007, LSO On Tour

Mozart!I thought that Robert and I did a great job of trying to persuade the audience that they would much rather hear Zemlinsky or Shostakovich-Alistair must have bribed them on the way in…To be honest I was quite happy to play any of the three quartets but the Zemlinsky quartet was my particular favourite.When Alistair introduced the Mozart quartet with the words “this is simply the finest piece of chamber music ever written” I felt that Robert and I should just concede defeat.Also Alistairs decision to speak last was obviously a tactical one!The Zemlinsky and Shostakovich quartets did get some support(thank you Sylvain!) but Mozart was the clear winner.I would love to do this sort of concert again-this was a bit of an experiment for us but I think it was a great success.

Last nights concert was our final concert at the Peabody auditorium.Tonight we move to the Ocean Centre down the road for an evening of fabulous film music.Thursday night saw the return of Yan Pascal Tortelier to the Florida International Festival.Maestro Tortelier has been coming to Daytona since 1999.It was a great programme with Barry Douglas making his Daytona debut performing Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1.I hope that the audience enjoyed the Tchaikovsky as much as I did.The highlight of the evening(for me anyway) was Daphnis and Chloe Suite No 2.There is something very special about the way that Maestro Tortelier approaches French music.It always seems to me to be beautifully balanced.Gareth Davies exquisite flute playing left us all breathless.Surely this piece must have been written just for him.

Francois-Xavier Roth conducted last nights all Beethoven concert.Beethoven Symphony No 9 was the perfect end to our series of classical concerts at the Peabody auditorium.We have played a lot of Beethoven this year with Bernard Haitink and Sir Colin Davis but I really enjoyed Francois approach.This was the first time that we had performed Beethoven with Francois and his energy is infectious.He is such an exciting conductor and I am really looking forward to many more concerts with him.So its on to the Ocean Centre for something completely different but it promises to be just as enjoyable!

One Comment

  1. peter (7 years ago)

    Sarah, I also thought the concept of the concert was a great idea! Really enjoyed your presentations and of course the music!!!!
    Well done!!!

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