The forecast looked poor but thankfully the rain held off until we walked into the concert hall!
We went for a stroll down to Covent Garden, on to Trafalgar Square. There are lots of lovely buildings and interesting things to see but a lot of ugly stuff as well.
The light was AWFUL!! But I don't care, I want blue skies when I go to Paris.
The Royal Opera House......
Covent Garden - almost like an Italian Piazza.
St Martin in the Fields (we'll be here later) - the sound of the bells were amazing by the way
And then too the Wigmore Hall....
The performers were Violinist: Charlie Siem and Pianist Itamar Golan
The pieces were:
Dvorak - Four Romantic Pieces Op 75
Richard Strauss - Violin Sonata in Eb Op 18
Ravel - Tzigane (a late change not even in the programme).
When booking I was surprised that the tickets were so near the front as at subscription concerts (at the Wigmore Hall the Friends of the Wigmore Hall can book early) we're usually mid to rear. I can only imagine many regulars didn't book and the concert attracted a younger different audience. Nothing wrong with that but many of them seemed more interested in taking pictures. Don't I sound grumpy? .... but photography is banned and flashes firing whilst the artists are playing is to be unfair on the artists and other members of the audience.
At the end of the 1st movement of the Strauss Siem seemed to ask for applause and this was given by some with others seeming perplexed.
I was puzzled, was it me? Trish leaned over at the end of the Strauss and asked what I thought? Well the chap can obviously play but I wasn't overly impressed. Music is emotional and whilst I could recognise talent I wasn't feeling emotion. My comment at the time was "well it's ok". She agreed and later said "often I'm disappointed the concert is over today I'm not bothered."
At the end there was a mix of polite applause from some whilst others acted as if it was the greatest experience of their lives.
I heard Siem on In Tune the other night and he came over as a nice bloke, and he played a very pleasant encore. Always nice to see a performer appreciate the response the got.
For me at best a *** concert.
Next concert is not until the end of October when I have 3 in 10 days!