Weekend Wanderings: Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture

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The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is always wonderful to watch and enjoy and this latest performance was no exception. The performance started out with The Bells by Rachmaninoff. The Bells contains four movements and I swear each movement is sadder sounding than the previous. The fourth part is actually called “The Mournful Iron Bells” and I swear you can hear pain in the notes.

After the intermission the next piece was Liszt’s Concerto No. 2 in A Major for Piano and Orchestra. This piece was a complete 180 from the first and reminded me of spring storms and new life and baby birds.

The 1812 Overture is well known because the music calls for the use of cannons. Unfortunately, no cannons were shot off at the Meyerson. Instead they used a mix of bass drums and cymbals. The performance was still amazing. Also, neither Keltin nor I had heard the piece performed with a chorus but the Dallas Symphony Chorus were excellent.

Overall a wonderful performance and I can’t wait to see Symphonie Fantastique later this year. Do you enjoy going to the symphony, if so, what is your favorite piece that you have seen?


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