Showing posts from September, 2018

Beethoven, Bruch and Mussorgsky in Brussels

Bozar, Brussels, Sunday September 2 2018

Conductor: Alain Altinoglu. Piano: Katia and Marielle Labèque. Orchestre Symphonique de La Monnaie.
Beethoven: Coriolan Overture, Op. 62Bruch: Concerto for Two Pianos, Op. 88aMussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition. [Encore - Glass: Four Movements for Two Pianos, IV]

The Sunday matinée subscription I have had for over 25 years in Brussels is a set menu: you pays your money and you gets no choice. And as La Monnaie usually offers interesting seasons and good productions with very decent teams of singers, that's fine.

I was surprised, though, not to say a bit miffed, to find my first "opera" of the season would be an orchestral concert. It wasn't a programme that would have caught my eye in Paris, even if Cleveland or Dresden were coming to play it, let alone La Monnaie's pit band. But I supposed the house needed to save money after the presumably costly plastic-tent fiasco a couple of years back. Making the best of a what…