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#404280 - 11/05/07 12:08 PM Thursday I have a date with Martha Argerich
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My seat is against the back wall up in the sky, but at least I'll see her as a dot of flying arms and hair.


Charles Dutoit conducts the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra.

Program:
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

About the concert: http://wdch.laphil.com/tix/performance_detail.cfm?id=3080


About Martha Argerich:
http://wdch.laphil.com/about/performer_det...laphil%2Ecom%2F


About Charles Dutoit:
http://wdch.laphil.com/about/performer_det...laphil%2Ecom%2F

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#404281 - 11/05/07 12:16 PM Re: Thursday I have a date with Martha Argerich
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That is nothing! Yesterday I had a date with Venus!
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#404282 - 11/05/07 12:17 PM Re: Thursday I have a date with Martha Argerich
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She's a cheaper date in LA than she is in Chicago - lowest ticket price here is $60 - same program.
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#404283 - 11/05/07 12:36 PM Re: Thursday I have a date with Martha Argerich
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 Quote:
Originally posted by kenny:
My seat is against the back wall up in the sky, but at least I'll see her as a dot of flying hair and arms.
[/b]
As I said in the other thread, I'm as jealous as can be because I can't attend. Please post a review of the concert so I can experience it vicariously (and take some binoculars \:D ).
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#404284 - 11/05/07 12:49 PM Re: Thursday I have a date with Martha Argerich
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 Quote:
Originally posted by C7 Player:
As I said in the other thread, I'm as jealous as can be because I can't attend.
Yes, and that's why I'm ignoring this thread...
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#404285 - 11/05/07 02:25 PM Re: Thursday I have a date with Martha Argerich
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I have a date with her next week.
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#404286 - 11/05/07 03:13 PM Re: Thursday I have a date with Martha Argerich
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Does Martha know about all these dates?

Cheers!
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#404287 - 11/05/07 03:34 PM Re: Thursday I have a date with Martha Argerich
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Never met Agerich, but my wife use to meet Horowitz routinely in the 80's in NYC.
Honest to G-d story: While running errands with kids in tow (a four year old in hand and twins in the stroller) in the Carnegie Hill area she used to run into this very pleasant avuncular gentleman. The chance meetings became more frequent and often times he would carry her groceries or wheel the stroller, or grasp the hand of the older one. Apparently they talked about everything & nothing along Madison Avenue.
We moved to Jersey and she lost track of him. One day while watching a show dedicated to Mike Wallace’s all-time favorite interviews on 60 minutes she exclaimed that the fellow playing the Stars & Stripes Forever was her long-lost friend. By this time he had passed away.
We always wondered if he took a curious interest in her and the kids because she did not recognize him, did not fawn over him but rather treated him as a kindly neighborhood gentleman.

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#404288 - 11/05/07 03:52 PM Re: Thursday I have a date with Martha Argerich
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Originally posted by Dr.John:
Never met Agerich, but my wife use to meet Horowitz routinely in the 80's in NYC.
Honest to G-d story: While running errands with kids in tow (a four year old in hand and twins in the stroller) in the Carnegie Hill area she used to run into this very pleasant avuncular gentleman. The chance meetings became more frequent and often times he would carry her groceries or wheel the stroller, or grasp the hand of the older one. Apparently they talked about everything & nothing along Madison Avenue.
We moved to Jersey and she lost track of him. One day while watching a show dedicated to Mike Wallace’s all-time favorite interviews on 60 minutes she exclaimed that the fellow playing the Stars & Stripes Forever was her long-lost friend. By this time he had passed away.
We always wondered if he took a curious interest in her and the kids because she did not recognize him, did not fawn over him but rather treated him as a kindly neighborhood gentleman. [/b]
You used to live near Madison/57th and you left for NJ
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#404289 - 11/05/07 04:47 PM Re: Thursday I have a date with Martha Argerich
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Originally posted by Brooklyn Pianist:
You used to live near Madison/57th and you left for NJ [/b]
Actually my wife would meet him regularly at the Citibank branch at 92nd & Madison, and they would walk on Madison doing errands. I heard that he lived near 57th but can't explain why he was found so frequently uptown. Maybe it had to do with the proximity to Mt Sinai and doctor's row along Park & Fifth? Anyway, don't really know.

She would tell me about him at supper and but it was just dinner conversation, (And what did you do today?...) When she saw his face and hands on TV she let out a yelp.

Yeah, finished the 8 years of residency/fellowship training at Mt Sinai and it was time to move out of house staff housing. By that time, with the kids, we were outgrowing the apartment and it was time to buy our first home. Got first job in Jersey & bought a home in Teaneck.

After a few years in the Garden State we realized that New York is for the very young or wealthy, and at a certain point we were neither. Was hardly going into the city anymore but had a New York City cost of living. It was time to move back to the Midwest for a better standard of living.

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#404290 - 11/05/07 05:17 PM Re: Thursday I have a date with Martha Argerich
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Bruce:
Does Martha know about all these dates?

Perhaps she does. That's maybe why she asked one of her ex-husbands to come along and act as chaperone... and then thought he might as well do some conducting to stop him getting too bored \:\)

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#404291 - 11/05/07 10:04 PM Re: Thursday I have a date with Martha Argerich
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I ran into Horowitz on Second Avenue back in 1989, I think. Story recounted here.

I guess I'll try to get tickets for Argerich next week.
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#404292 - 11/06/07 01:46 AM Re: Thursday I have a date with Martha Argerich
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I once had a date with Lili Krauss. (as in dinner date... \:\) )
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#404293 - 11/06/07 12:58 PM Re: Thursday I have a date with Martha Argerich
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Palindrome:
I ran into Horowitz on Second Avenue back in 1989, I think. Story recounted here.
[/b]
Should have offered him a lick off the cone, or at least treated the Mr & Mrs to a smoothie at the nearest Papaya King.

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#404294 - 11/06/07 01:41 PM Re: Thursday I have a date with Martha Argerich
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 Quote:
Originally posted by whippen boy:
I once had a date with Lili Krauss. (as in dinner date... \:\) )
Just the two of you? Tell us more... or is this "PM" material? \:D
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#404295 - 11/06/07 01:43 PM Re: Thursday I have a date with Martha Argerich
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 Quote:
Originally posted by whippen boy:
I once had a date with Lili Krauss. (as in dinner date... \:\) ) [/b]
I'm with Jason - don't leave us hanging like that!
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#404296 - 11/06/07 04:29 PM Re: Thursday I have a date with Martha Argerich
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Heh heh... \:D

I've had dinner dates with presidents, ambassadors, and movie stars - but this was one of the most extraordinary events of my life...

I was out of state visiting family, and was invited to a friend's home in the neigboring city. To my surprise, Lili Kraus was the other invited guest!

I was to perform several of the Transcendental Etudes that week, so before dinner she spent nearly the whole time coaching me - I was flabbergasted, to say the least.

I'm sure folks might think Lili Kraus and Liszt a rather incongruous pair. \:\) Not in the least! Her supreme musicianship came to the fore, and is what I remember to this day.

I had my choice of a number of exquisite pianos (my friend is quite fortunate indeed!) so I played the Bösendorfer Imperial. Of course! \:D

Afteward the three of us enjoyed home-made goulash and Tokaji wine. We talked of our Hungarian heritage, and I was thoroughly entertained by fascinating stories for the remainder of the evening.

As they say: "believe it or not!" \:\)
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#404297 - 11/06/07 05:43 PM Re: Thursday I have a date with Martha Argerich
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SOLD OUT!

Maybe there is hope for Los Angeles, culturally.

Don't cry.
There's hope.

Los Angeles just is the first of 9 cities on her tour of this program:

Nov 8 - 8:00 pm Los Angeles, Calif
Nov 11 - 8:00 pm Houston, Texas
Nov 13 - 8:00 pm Chicago, IL
Nov 15 - 8:00 pm New York - Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
Nov 16 - 8:00 pm New York - Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
Nov 19 Genoa, Italy - Teatro Carlo Felice
Nov 20 - 7:30 pm Stockholm, Sweden - Konserthuset
Nov 22 - 8:00 pm Zurich, Switzerland - Tonhalle Zurich Grosser Saal
Nov 23 - 8:30 pm Lyon, France - Opéra
Nov 24 - 8:00 pm Düsseldorf, Germany

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#404298 - 11/06/07 06:13 PM Re: Thursday I have a date with Martha Argerich
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I've heard her play twice. The first time she performed the Prokoviev 1st and 3rd concertos. The second time was her incredibly rare solo performance(second half of the program was with Friere)at Carnegie Hall.

She is the most electrifying(I don't mean the best although she is a very great pianist IMHO) pianist performing today.

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#404299 - 11/06/07 06:17 PM Re: Thursday I have a date with Martha Argerich
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Dr.John:
 Quote:
Originally posted by Brooklyn Pianist:
You used to live near Madison/57th and you left for NJ [/b]
Actually my wife would meet him regularly at the Citibank branch at 92nd & Madison, and they would walk on Madison doing errands. I heard that he lived near 57th but can't explain why he was found so frequently uptown. [/b]
He home, abrownstone, was in the 90's between Fifth and Madison. I think he emight have moved out of the house at one point so maybe he took up temporary residence near 57th Street.

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#404300 - 11/06/07 06:36 PM Re: Thursday I have a date with Martha Argerich
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Kenny I'm looking forward to Friday 11/16 - Avery Fisher Hall same program.

Couldn't believe that this concert came up on TDF and I jumped at the opportunity to buy a ticket - don't know where my seat is, just happy to be able to hear her play - and I hope the orchestra doesn't overpower her playing and that she does actually show up. Can't wait till Friday 11/16. \:\)

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#404301 - 11/06/07 07:03 PM Re: Thursday I have a date with Martha Argerich
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I'm seeing her Sunday night!

(crossing fingers that she doesn't cancel)
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#404302 - 11/06/07 08:29 PM Re: Thursday I have a date with Martha Argerich
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Palindrome:
I ran into Horowitz on Second Avenue back in 1989, I think. Story recounted here.

I guess I'll try to get tickets for Argerich next week. [/b]
Check out TDF website - they were still listed when I last checked and that's where I ordered mine www.tdf.org the are listed under Concets & Events bottom of the list. Are you a TDF member?

Theater Development Fund. Its listed as the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra and I clicked it on and Martha Argerich - surprise, surprise. \:\)

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#404303 - 11/06/07 08:41 PM Re: Thursday I have a date with Martha Argerich
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Turns out I was lucky to get a ticket.

Apparently it has been sold out for a while and just happened to buy my ticket online after someone cancelled.

Later they were all gone but there are much worse seats (like behind the stage).

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#404304 - 11/06/07 09:49 PM Re: Thursday I have a date with Martha Argerich
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Originally posted by kenny:
Nov 13 - 8:00 pm Chicago, IL
A good friend of mine in Minneapolis -lucky him- will be going to Chicago for Argerich's Prokofiev 3.
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#404305 - 11/06/07 10:24 PM Re: Thursday I have a date with Martha Argerich
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Horowitz lived on E. 94 street for the majority of his life. (don't remember what cross street it was near, but by the park)

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#404306 - 11/07/07 07:39 AM Re: Thursday I have a date with Martha Argerich
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Originally posted by Opus_Maximus:
Horowitz lived on E. 94 street for the majority of his life. (don't remember what cross street it was near, but by the park) [/b]
If he lived near the park it probably was between Fifth & Madison. Explains why my wife would meet him at the bank at 92nd & Madison. (94th btw. Mad & Park is Hunter College HS & their playground.)
As said before, she had no idea who he was at the time. I think that he may have taken a pleasure of "normalcy" with her.
Nevertheless, still think that Palindrome should have treated him to a smoothie.

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#404307 - 11/09/07 01:28 PM Re: Thursday I have a date with Martha Argerich
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I was relieved when Argerich walked out on stage because of her reputation for canceling.
I feel very lucky to have seen this great artist.

The Prokofiev didn't do much for me though the actual sound of the hall and the orchestra was impressive.
Maybe in 10 years my ears will be ready for that kind of music.

The applause was long and deafening.
We brought her out for two solo encores, a movement from a Scarlatti sonata that had me in tears (literally) from her first phrase, and the first piece of Schumann's Scenes from Childhood.

The orchestra did drown out the piano through much of Prokofiev’s third, but maybe that's how it is supposed to be, or it was the cheapo seat.
My seat was in the very back row of the highest balcony, dead center, and I only got that because someone cancelled.
My seat was so high that the piano’s open lid was pointing right at me; I could not see the top or bottom of it.

During her two solo encores the piano, a Hamburg D, sounded full, lush and gorgeous, even at my seat up in the sky.

Her Scarlatti was astonishing, that’s all I can say.
When hearing such an artist live it is almost like you are experiencing more than music.
Sensory overload
Circuits breaking
Orgasm

I think it is important to get off your butt and see artists like this from time to time.
It is so enriching for the soul.
It goes someplace inside you, like education; It is something you can call on.
It teaches a student how much is possible from those 88 keys.

If any of you are going to attend one of the 9 remaining concerts on this tour you can buy a CD of her playing Prok's 3rd with Charles Dutoit conducting if you want to get prepared.
I should have.
I would have appreciated the Prokofiev more.

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#404308 - 11/09/07 01:44 PM Re: Thursday I have a date with Martha Argerich
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Kenny - after reading your review, I can't wait till next Friday.

My pet peeve with any concert with a soloist backed by the orchestra, is that the soloist is almost always overpowered by the orchestra and I feel that the conductor has the ability have them play softer. Afterall, they are acting as the accompianist to the pianist, violinist etc. and the solo artist should be able to be heard throughout the concert not just when they stop playing for a minute.

I'm not sure it has to do with the location of your seat. The first time I heard Argerich play was at Carnegie Hall and I was so high up that I called it the ski slope section. Carnegie is famous for it's accoustics and the orchestra was conducted by Dutoit, guess he didn't want her to be heard, execpt for few places in the music and for the Ravel piece she played. I've never forgotten her playing Ravel - when she finished playing there was dead silence in the hall and then this wild burst of applause and a standing ovation. What a thrill and there's not much more I add to what has be said about Argerich.

I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed that she shows up - one never knows.

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#404309 - 11/09/07 02:21 PM Re: Thursday I have a date with Martha Argerich
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Thanks for the update Kenny. Wish I could've been there. I hereby vow that I'm going to see her somewhere in the world before I die and/or she stops performing!
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