Sunday, February 25, 2018
My Lover's Box
That was the billing on the Cleveland Orchestra concert that 710 wanted to see. I was game. While I like 'Bolero' enough, I was happy it was a selection they were not playing.
He splurged and got box seats. (this is where you oooh and ahhhh.)
I'm finding the only way to see classical music is if you have your own box seats. Who wants to sit with the riff-raff?
710 was a fan of the Mother Goose Suite since he was a child. I am 99% sure I had never heard it. I enjoyed the first movement of the piece. I thought the violins were extraordinary. Then it just kind of fell apart. I'm sure the playing was fine, but the piece itself was not for me.
The second act was just mocking me: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand.
The super dedicated bachelor / pianist, Jean Yves Thibaudet, played the piece as required - only with his left hand. I can't say I enjoyed the piece itself, but it was extremely interesting to watch. Actually, I will clarify: I liked the piano part - most or the orchestra park didn't thrill me in the slightest.
The last piece.....ugh. Daphnis and Chloé . As we were walking out someone behind us said something about it sounding like something Spielberg would use. Oddly, I thought about Spielberg when it was being played too...........but only because it's like some of his movies when you thought it was going to end - and happy it was going to happen - and then it just kept going.
Before the piece started, 710 says to me, "Little known fact: this was the soundtrack to Centurions of Rome.
I should back up.
When I met 710 back in 1985, (well, '84....we started going out in '85), we joked about his favourite all-male adult movie being Centurions of Rome. At one point, it was the most expensive male porn production ever. But it was a period piece......breast plates and such. While I never viewed it - I just assumed it was something super cheesy like Clash of the Titans.....but with dicks.
Anyway, I found Daphnis and Chloé to be a mess. A 50 minute piece I just couldn't get behind. Oh oh oh......and one lady in the chorale (100 folks there), and she was so distracting with her movements - when there were supposed to be none.
I know I'm glad I went. I need more exposure to this stuff, and I've liked other Ravel works....just not these three.
Next week, we might go back, but for Beethoven. .....but I want box seats. I can't go back to the general population.
Song by: Garbage