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Performers you wish you had seen in concert

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by Connemara, Mar 11, 2007.

  1. A Y

    A Y Senior member

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    Is he really that much slower now than he was?

    Are you asking me about Baryshnikov? He's 59 years old, and has had almost a dozen surgeries, including one on his knee just a couple of years ago. He isn't at his peak physical powers anymore, and that means he can't jump as high or as often. Speed and purity of technique can be affected too, depending on what you're trying to do.

    Ballet's a very particular and demanding physical discipline, on top of all the artistic stuff you have to add, and generally can be done best only by those in their physical primes. I've seen Baryshnikov recently in his modern dance performances, and can appreciate the man's charisma and artistry, but I wish I had seen him in his prime dancing an art form in a way many consider to be among the best ever.

    --Andre
     


  2. A Y

    A Y Senior member

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    Aportnoy, you are a lucky man, for your entirely list.

    --Andre
     


  3. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

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    Koji,

    Is he really that much slower now than he was?

    Jon.


    I'm afraid the injuries have taken their toll--the pure physicality of his performances in the 70's-80's was beyond belief.

    koji
     


  4. Ambulance Chaser

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    The John Coltrane Classic Quartet (with McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, and Jimmy Garrison), preferably at a small club.
     


  5. A Y

    A Y Senior member

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    I'm afraid the injuries have taken their toll--the pure physicality of his performances in the 70's-80's was beyond belief.

    I recently saw a video of him dancing the male variation from Giselle Act 2's pas de deux, and I can only imagine what it was like for that audience. As he went up to do the double front cabrioles in the beginning, the entire audience gasped, and then as some started to clap, he did the second one, and they gasped again, and some started to applaud only because they didn't seem to know what to do next: they sounded stunned. Talking to people who were at that performance, it sounded as if the video barely hinted at the extraordinary occasion.

    --Andre
     


  6. aportnoy

    aportnoy Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Aportnoy, you are a lucky man, for your entirely list.

    --Andre


    Thanks. More old than lucky.[​IMG]
     


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    I would love to have seen:

    - Genesis during the Peter Gabriel/Steve Hackett era

    - In the realm of the more obscure, Marillion during the Fish era (I still need to get around to seeing Fish if he ever comes back to the states, but his voice isn't what it was)
     


  8. von Rothbart

    von Rothbart Senior member

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    Mikhail Baryshnikov in classical ballet in his prime (multiple times)
    Rudolf Nureyev (multiple times)


    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Besides shoes, I just found more things to worzhip you.

    Did you see Misha during his NYCB years?

    I believe Rudi made his last public appearance in 1992 conducting ABT at the Met.
     


  9. aportnoy

    aportnoy Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Besides shoes, I just found more things to worzhip you.

    Did you see Misha during his NYCB years?

    I believe Rudi made his last public appearance in 1992 conducting ABT at the Met.


    Thanks VR. I saw Misha once with NYCB in the late 70s and at least a dozen times between 1980-1988 with ABT. Watching him dance with Gelsey Kirkland was incredible.

    As for Rudi, I saw him dance with Marakova in 1977 in "La Sylphide", I believe, and that was the best performance I've ever seen. After for the next 5 or so years , he would be in NYC it seemed at least 2-3 times/year and we would always be there.
     


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    - Miles Davis at the Cellar Door, Washington DC, 1970. Playing with Gary Bartz, Keith Jarret, Jack Dejonette, and Michael Henderson.

    - Jeff Buckley at the Sin-E in the months before he recorded Grace.

    - Iggy and the Stooges circa 1970.

    - Can - playing a jam set in Germany or wherever they played

    - The Velvet Underground in some smokey dive.

    - Some early Who


    I just got this great new DVD of live Marvin Gaye performances. "What's going on/What's happening Brother" definitely gets added to my list of great performances. First video Ive ever seen of James Jamerson on the bass- I got all teary-eyed the first time I watched it. Here's the youtube, but you should really all go out and get the DVD:




    I need to try to see Wilco soon, though hopefully they'll be around for a long time.
     


  11. aportnoy

    aportnoy Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I would love to have seen:

    - Genesis during the Peter Gabriel/Steve Hackett era


    The closest I came to this was Peter coming out on the "And then There Were Three" tour and doing "I Know What I Like" with the boys.


    I wish I had caught the Lamb tour but I was only 11.[​IMG]
     


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    I always loved, Lola Albright.
     


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    Comedian Harmonists, performing Wochenend und Sonnenschein

    Jon.
     


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    The closest I came to this was Peter coming out on the "And then There Were Three" tour and doing "I Know What I Like" with the boys.


    I wish I had caught the Lamb tour but I was only 11.[​IMG]


    I was 6, so no concert for me then, either.

    Also, I saw Baryshnikov during the mid-80s (I want to say 86 or 87). He was already a step or two off his game by then, but still quite amazing.
     


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    Thanks. More old than lucky.[​IMG]

    You said it yourself [​IMG] Not me... But when I read that you saw Nuriev I had figured you are not a spring chicken [​IMG]
    I saw Nuriev taking poses on stage at Mareinsky theater in Russia. He was way too old to dance at that point of his life. It was bitter-sweet. His female fans needed help to come all the way to the stage to throw flowers at him.[​IMG]
     


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