August 3rd, 2003

Roman

Ah Beethoven

I am listening to the third movement of Beethoven's Appassionata sonata and it is distracting me in the best way. Mari Kodama again, wondrous pianist.

This afternoon I will go hear the Emperor concerto, with Jeffrey Kahane playing and conducting, final concert of the Mozart Festival. So much Beethoven, so little time.
Roman

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Beethoven, then Schumann, then dinner with Dorothy at Big Sky. Nice afternoon.

The hall was sold out, as I figured it would be. Enthusiastic crowd. The concerto just sounded (and looked) wonderful. Good balance, full beautiful orchestra, wonderful piano.It was a kick watching Kahane conduct from the piano. I figure it takes a certain personality to pull that off, and that personality needs to be outgoing, first-off. Kahane is a favorite with the locals because he comes here year after year, and he's got such a great personality to go with his musical ability. I think the festival musicians have always been good but seem to keep getting better.