Ives for £500 (£1000)
- It's really interesting that they've chosen Ives for the opening gala
concert which marks the re-opening of the Royal Festival Hall. This
is "big", big news, since the building is perhaps the top venue in
London. So choosing Ives instead of more obvious popular stuff like
Britten is interesting. Is it significant that the programme
includes Birtwistle and Ligeti ? Probably not. A quick look at the
programme for the rest of the year (til July 2008) is pretty
depressing. They seem to have cut a lot of classical.
On the other hand, tickets start at £100 and top at £500. ($!000)
Obviously they are using FOUR different orchestras and one big choir,
3 conductors and lots of soloists, so there will be lots of people to
pay. Besides why not get the rich to contribute ? It is a historic
occasion. And guess what ? It's sold out, too, which is a good thing.
The Ives piece will be the Unanswered Question (Contemplation no 1) -
don't know which orchestra or cnductor but suspect it will be Marin