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  1. The solos were great for the most part and principal flutist Karl-Heinz SchΓΌtz was gleefully attacking every phrase, not just the solo parts. I guess I was trying to say that the second half had a lot of heroic, full tilt brass and maybe playing with the dynamics and the balance would've brought out more orchestral details in some pieces. E.T. was probably my personal highlight - just beautiful playing all around! Anyway, it was a fantastic concert! The concert critics are just taken aback by the frequency of the standing ovations. Don't make too much of it, they just live in a different bubble than us. Consider on the flip side that some JWFanners have accused the Saturday audience of lacking enthusiasm, because there wasn't a standing ovation every time. I'm pretty sure that the program was structured in such a way that there wasn't supposed to be long applause inside of the Harry Potter, Indiana Jones and Star Wars blocks, which is why JW after some pieces didn't really turn around to acknowledge the audience on Saturday. Steude as concertmaster was a definite upgrade, otherwise it was also pretty much as good as it gets (though the lineup for the first concert was also good). SchΓΌtz, Schorn, Dervaux, Lenaerts, they are all great. I didn't see the horn section well from where I was sitting... was it Janezic messing up the horn solo? If so, we can't complain there either, because he's the best.
  2. Review in Wiener Zeitung: https://www.wienerzeitung.at/nachrichten/kultur/klassik/2140736-Alle-lieben-John-Williams.html Another classical music critic somewhat alienated by the standing ovations. πŸ˜… I do slightly agree with the point that a little bit more refinement and a little less volume would've been beneficial. But that's complaining on a very high level. It can mean both, depending on the context. It's a little odd that both used the same term, though. Makes me second-guess a little bit. After all, DG has to find a way of releasing this without bastardizing its other products. So maybe an initial vinyl-only release with a later general release isn't impossible.
  3. Did the rumor of vinyl-only arise from the fact that the percussionist said 'Schallplatte'? Because that word - strictly speaking - means vinyl record, but colloquially it also includes CDs and other media. As PetePan said, this just means a recording is being made!
  4. Thank God you were there because it can be pretty confusing. πŸ˜… There was a point on Saturday where almost the entire orchestra was seated and practicing. Then the string players left and entered again a few minutes later, which seems pretty weird if you don't know that this is the time you're supposed to clap before a VPO concert. And of course it works completely differently in other countries. Wien ist anders... I choose to see the positive in that typically snobbish Standard review (why is Stefan Ender so obsessed with gods anyway?) - seems like he enjoyed the violin concerto.
  5. Did you guys also make sure that the orchestra got its entry applause? I started that both times on Saturday, which was a little odd. πŸ˜„ Finally got some use out of my hitherto pointless knowledge of Viennese concert protocol!
  6. No, it appears to be some kind of audio engineer. It's funny how I've been going to the Musikverein for years now and I have no clue where this is. But a bunch of JWFanners storm into town and talk to recording engineers backstage and manage to snap pictures of the process! πŸ˜…
  7. Another fun little anecdote: In his first or second little speech, JW quickly mentioned how marvelous the Vienna Phil is and that he was going to talk about them more a little later. Never did, completely forgot about it. 😜 If he says something interesting tomorrow, let me know!
  8. Yes, again. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ No, Marion was orchestral.
  9. Vienna horns... it happens... πŸ˜‰ Second half encores were: With ASM: Across the Stars and Tintin E.T. Flying Theme Imperial March
  10. I could get used to this! What a thrill! πŸ˜… The horn solo for Leia's theme was badly flubbed, otherwise a very enthusiastic Vienna Phil today (sometimes almost too much πŸ˜…). JW even heard some of your criticism and played the Imperial March twice as fast this time. πŸ˜‰ A lavish feast for the ears, I'm very glad it's been recorded.
  11. There are sometimes remote controlled cameras in the Musikverein. You would see them, because they somewhat disturb the golden ladies. πŸ˜‰
  12. The orchestra is sharp today and playing with enthusiasm. Can't wait for the second half! 😁
  13. No cameras in the hall, we can rule that out.
  14. Well spotted, that's definitely a good sign!
  15. Sure, cameras won't be difficult to spot. Microphones are always present (though for 'proper' recordings some mics are usually added), so I'm sure it will be recorded in some way, though not necessarily meant for release. Maybe we'll get a "look what we found in our archives"-type of release some years from now. πŸ˜‰ A full production would be better, of course.
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