Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Seattle Symphony


The Seattle Symphony performs in Benaroya Hall. We went to a concert of Rachmaninov music on the 13th. The hall is a beautiful place. I would like some time to hear the great organ in the back. But on this night we heard on of the great piano masters, Stephen Hough, play Variation on a Theme by Paganini. It was real treat.


The hall is large with three balconies.


The conductor, Ludovic Morlot, is an energetic conductor on the podium. He presents the music with tremendous dynamics and well-timed entries from the various sections. He really does a great job.


the orchestral has a lush, full sound and it is clear that these people know each other very well and play as a coherent whole. This is a finely tuned orchestra.


The star of the evening, however, was Stephen Hough. His command of the Rachmaninov was outstanding and his technique was perfect. it was a true joy to listen to this man ply his craft and art. We will return to this place to hear this orchestra many times.