In honor of the Christian calendar flipping over another time, here is the full video (I don’t know how they did this, but this kind soul wins some kind of YouTube Goodwill award) of the greatest thing to ever happen on New Year’s Day.
Carlos Kleiber. Vienna. 1992.
When I was in high school, my youth orchestra played the last movement of the Hanson ‘Romantic’ Symphony one time, and I think Procession of the Sardar at some point. What we didn’t do was play a totally engaging Sibelius 5 at Lincoln Fucking Center in New York. Plus, they’re from Carmel, Indiana, so you know at least ten of these kids are automatic from three-point range.
This is why amateur performances can be rewarding: those bastards look like they’re having a great time, and they’re playing with tremendous energy. That’s a great foundation for kick-ass music-making, but it gets lost sometimes. Props to them for playing their asses off and making an alcoholic Scandinavian in Heaven proud.
FYI, I started working a new job, and I’m always tired and haven’t written anything in a couple weeks and need to get back to it because I really enjoy it. Check back soon, because I will write something, as God is my witness (He’s not actually looking, is He?).