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David's Tour with his Band and Orchestra - January 2009
Lieber David 13th January 2009
Im Moment höre ich gerne Musik von David Garrett... 21 Dez 2008
Dresden, David played so much better... 21st November 2008
Berlin,I honestly have to say ...19th November 2008
Wuppertal, David garrett was fantastic, 17th November 2008
17th November 2008, Wuppertal, historische stadhalle
Es war wie immer fantastisch. Die Akustik dort ist sehr gut.
Das Brahms concert gefiel mir besser als in Frankfurt. David hat es mit noch mehr Ausdruck gespielt. Das Beethoven Konzert zu Beginn finde ich einfach wundervoll gefühlvoll, Milana und David waren ein perfektes Team. Irgendwie war der erste Teil schon nach 35 Minuten zu Ende. Schade, ich hatte den Eindruck in Frankfurt hat es länger gedauert.
Nach der Pause Grieg. Unheimlich kraftvoll und schön. Dann mein Lieblingsstück die Zigeunerweisen, die ich 100 mal hintereinander hören kann! Leider war das Konzert viel zu früh zu Ende. Die Zuschauer haben wieder während der Sätze geklatscht. Ich hatte das Gefühl David hat quasi darauf gewartet! Ist das jetzt normal??
Ich habe schon sehr viele klassische Konzerte besucht, bei keinem Konzert war die Stimmung so überragend und locker wie bei Davids Klassikkonzerten. Einfach wunderbar.
Da ich diesmal, ganz gegen meine Gewohnheit in Reihe 18 saß (ich habe jemand im Rollstuhl begleitet), habe ich nur wenige Fotos machen können. Ich muss sie noch hochladen und falls sie gut sind, ins Forum einstellen.
Vorher aber 2 wunderschöne Fotos der Stadthalle Wuppertal, damit ihr mal seht, wo David gespielt hat. Natürlich war der Innenraum beim Konzert bestuhlt, nicht wie auf den Bildern.
He was fantastic, as ever. The acoustics was very good. The Brahms concert was better than in Frankfurt. He played it with much more musical expression. The Beethoven concert David playes with so much feelings and sensibility. I thought David and Milana were a perfect team. Unfortunately the first part of the concert was finished after 35 minutes. I had the impression it was longer in Frankfurt . LOL
After the bread Grieg. Powerful and stunningly beautiful. Then my favourite piece the Zigeunerweisen. I could hear it for 100 times. Unfortunately the concert ended much to early. The audience again clapped between the movements. I had the impress that David was waiting for it. Is this usually now?
I have been on so many classical concerts (not only David) but I like the atmospere on David´s concerts. Unformal and overtopping. I had seats in row 18, because I was accompaning a wheelchair guest, so I could not take any good photos. But I would like to show you the beautiful Stadthalle. Of course there were seats in themiddle area
Birgit, official forum
David played in the Philharmonie Berlin, a concert hall, where you can not only sit in front of the stage, but also behind the artists!
Filming and taking photos was strictly forbitten, I took just 2 (secret) I was afraid they will take my camera. Will upload them the next days.
I honestly have to say this was not David´s best concert. I have heard him much better the last days, but most ot the audience hear him only once, so they cannot compare.
You could see that he was not on top-forum and exhausted and not healthy. He often shaked out his left hand (more than usually) and his shoulders. He was definetely not fit....but I was really happy that he was still playing for his audience. He only gave 2 encores, they switched the light on right after the last tone. "finished, please go"
Hope he will take a rest after his next 2 concerts to be prepared for the next strong months!
David, take care of yourself!
Birgit, official forum
Ich bin gerade wieder ins Hotel gekommen und hier ist mein Bericht!
Meiner Meinung nach spielte David viel besser als in Berlin. Ihm schien es besser zu gehen, er war entspannter.
Zuerst Beethoven, er spielte es wunderschön. Danach Brahms, voller Power.
Dann war Grieg an der Reihe. Nach dem ersten Satz kam es zu einem Skandal!
Eine Zuhörerin sprang auf und fing an zu schreien!! „Herr Garrett, wieso sagen sie nichts. Warum begrüßen Sie nicht die Zuschauer, das ist unmöglich“. Wir waren alle geschockt!! David versuchte zu antworten, aber die Frau ließ ihn nicht zu Wort kommen. Die anderen Zuschauer fingen an zu diskutieren, ich schrie zurück „bitte stören Sie doch nicht das Konzert“ Dann konnte David etwas sagen. Dies sei ein klassisches Konzert und er wolle es traditionell halten. Die Zuschauer applaudierten. Er sagte im Januar käme er wieder mit seinem Crossover Programm und dann würde er auch viel zu den Stücken erzählen.....der Ehemann der Frau sprang auf und schrie „Go home“!!!
So etwas habe ich noch nie erlebt!
Leider kam kein Ordner um die Frau aus dem Saal zu werfen.
Dann war Ruhe und David versuchte sich auf den 2. Satz des Grieg Konzertes zu konzentrieren. Milana war auch geschockt.
Er spielte wunderbar, die Zuschauer dankten es ihm mit tosendem Applaus, sie wollten zeigen, dass sie auf seiner Seite standen. Danach sagte David mit Lachen „und nun kommt der 3. Satz“ . Wir lachten alle!
Dann sagte er auch die Zigeunerweisen an und erzählte....so ging es weiter bis zu seinen 2 Zugaben Bazzini und Salut d´amour....
Die Zuhörer tobten, die Stimmung war einmalig.
Birgit, official forum
I just arrived at the hotel, here is my report.My opinion is, David played so much better than in Berlin. It seems that he was feeling better, he was relaxter. First Beethoven, he played it wonderful. Afterwards Brahms, full of power. Break:
Then Grieg. After the first movement it came to a scandal! A woman stood up and began to shout!! “Mr. Garrett, why don´t you say anything? Why don´t you greet the audience, this is impossible! “ We were all shocked. David tried to answer but the woman did not give him the word. The other people in the audience began to discuss, I shouted back “don´t disturb the concert”. Then David could say a few words. “This is a classical concert and he wanted to keep it traditional.” The audience applauded. He said he will come back in January with his crossover concert and then he will tell a lot about the pieces he plays……the husband of the woman stood up and shouted “go home”
I have never seen anything like this.Unfortunately there was nobody of the security staff to throw them out of the concert hall. Then it was quiet and David tried to concentrate again for the 2nd movement of the Grieg. Milana was also shocked. He played brilliant, the audience thanked him with bursting applause, they wanted to show him they are on his side. Then David said with a smile….”and now, the 3rd movement” . The whole audience was laughing. Then he announced the Zigeunerweisen and told the audience about it……he did so until his 2 encores, the Bazzini and Salut d´amour. The audience was thrilled, it was a great feeling.
Birgit, official forum
Kerstin Garefrekes, 21 Dez .eurosport.
Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt Orchestra
Conductor: Frank van der Hejan
Cologne - Köln, 10th January 2009
David Garrett and the first of the Arena concerts,
There is something really special about being at the first event of a new project and there was certainly plenty of excitement at the LanXess Arena in Cologne for the start of the major David Garrett concerts. He is a true virtuoso and has set about defining how a truly magnificent classical musician can make a real impact on the 21st Century world.
Building on the success of the “Virtuoso” concerts in Germany last year, David had managed to sell out much bigger venues, starting with the KolnArena which held 8000 for this concert with his band and “grosse orchester”.
David has spoken frequently about wanting to bring a younger audience to the classical world. There were lots and lots of very young children and early teenagers, alongside the more mature and traditional fans. This was a very different audience for a very new approach.
The staging was suited to a rock star – the merchandising and atmosphere would rank alongside the treatment for any successful live band – T-shirts, CDs, posters and fast food and popcorn. The build up to the concert started from early evening, with security making their presence felt and the very varied audience arriving in huge numbers with great anticipation.
He began with He’s a Pirate. The orchestra and the band were in place and, on the huge screen behind the performers was a bold orange and yellow sunset shot. Against this appeared a silhouette (with a hat of course). No sign of the man. And then he appeared. A truly dramatic start to a truly dramatic evening.
He removed the hat (thank goodness) and his next choice of piece was the lovely Who wants to live forever from the “Encore” CD. Atmospheric, with the orchestra filling out the arrangement.
During the course of the evening, David seemed to use the orchestra more to amplify the band than for classical music. Even in the pieces written by the great composers, it was not so much a core classical as crossover arrangement.
Summer has been one of David’s show-stoppers as he moved Vivaldi's Four Seasons to a faster and more modern dimension and to this he has now added a version of Winter. Both were magnificent, but still very different from the authentic performances we can anticipate at the beginning of February. His playing was flawless, fast, dynamic and brilliant, but the context of a huge hall with the resulting acoustics meant that this was not, in any way, a core classical event.
This, however, is where the new David is at his best – the classical expertise of the virtuoso, set against (literally) a modern technological backdrop (snowscene in New York Central Park) for a 21st Century interpretation. It will never replace the original, nor should it, but it redefines crossover in a novel and fresh way.
David as out and out rock musician is wonderful. I adore Smooth Criminal (but the sound balance needed some work – it is not the same with virtually no violin and no Mozart riff) Rock Prelude really moves, but Thunderstruck where he tried to involve the audience rather artificially fell a bit flatter than it will as the tour proceeds and the message strikes home. He is happy with his rock image – time and time again he commented on the 8000 in the audience with pride and boyish excitement.
The weaker parts of the concert come where he has taken a tune and played it on the violin, not taking the theme to a new dimension. He could easily drop Volare and Smile – and maybe even Summertime and David as composer is simply not in the same league as David the performer in spite of his Juilliard pedigree for winning composition awards.
I was left with mixed feelings about his treatment of some of the other core classic greats. His Bach Violin Concerto interpretation was magnificent. His Dvorak Humoresque was lightweight and made me think of the irritating music to an early videogame. Air and Carnevale de Venezia showed his violin prowess and there is always Csardas (fabulous but for me nothing will ever touch his Nokia Proms or Hyde Park performances)
Pure skill was in evidence in Zapateado where he was fitted with a camera so that we could appreciate the full force of his abilities but the Kreisler Liebesfreud and the Brahms Hungarian Dance number 5 were well played but not as masterful.
The big hits from “Virtuoso” were there to be thoroughly appreciated : Carmen Fantasie and Zorba but Nothing Else Matters works as well with fewer musicians and the orchestra did not do it justice.
The audience were very appreciative and applauded and cheered – but the sheer size of the arena meant that there was a distance between David and his fans. He spoke with great energy and was clearly more comfortable than in the days when he had bits of paper as prompts but he was too far away to flirt in his incomparable style, again the fault of the venue not of the maestro.
He only gave two encores. Maybe he didn’t hear us. Maybe he hadn’t realised we were giving him a standing ovation. Maybe he realised it was already VERY late (the concert was quite long although it didn’t seem so.) He played the Flight of the Bumblebee and then a version of A Whole new world (for UK listeners this will always be associated appallingly with Jordan and Peter Andre !!!!!!!!!!!!!) and then he went – nothing. The orchestra sat for a while and then they drifted away
Screaming pre-teens, yelling “David” thronged the front of the stage – but sadly he didn’t give autographs in spite of promising to. Later in the series, he did stay behind for hours and hours but at the KolnArena they were taking up the carpet almost as he finished his final notes !!!!!!!!!!
This is the start of a whole new phase of David’s career – will it lead to him becoming as big a musical great as Mick Jagger or Madonna ? He is undoubtedly a commercial success but has he left the classical world behind for this new venture?
I certainly hope not. I can’t wait for the next classical concert – I don’t mind: a recital or the Four Seasons. I am thrilled at his success but I never want to miss my classical virtuoso.
Tabitha, January 2009.
Das war mein ersten David-Konzert mit Orchester UND Band.
Die Bühne sah sehr schön aus, das Orchester saß hinten, David´s Band war vor dem Orchester plaziert. Das Konzert begann mit Pirates of the Carribean. Das Orchester fing an zu spielen.....hinter dem Orchester war eine große Leinwand auf der ein Schatten von David (mit Hut) zu sehen war. Dann hörte man seine Violine, aber man sah ihn nicht. Plötzlich passierte hier eine Überraschung, die ich aber nicht verraten möchte, da dies das erste Konzert seiner Tour ist!
David spielte sowohl klassische Stücke als auch Stücke aus seinen beiden CDs Virtuoso und Encore. Er war brilliant! Leider war seine Geige, wenn er mit der Band spielte, sehr schlecht zu hören, die Gitarre und das Schlagzeug hätten vom Tontechniker etwas zurückgestellt werden müssen.
Bei dem besonders virtuosen Stück von Sarasate (Zapateado) wurde an seinem Kopf eine Kamera installiert und seine linke Hand beim Spielen gefilmt und alles auf die große Leinwand übertragen!! Selbst das Orchester schaute hin und war begeistert!
David wirkte sehr glücklich und entspannt! Bei Thunderstruck wurden die Zuhörer zum Mitmachen animiert! Wunderschön das 3. Violinkonzert von Bach!! (der 2. Satz) und ebenso Kreisler´s Liebesfreud, welches er nach der Pause spielte!!!
Das Konzert dauerte sehr lange, bis 22:30!! Das Personal der Halle begann bereits die Stühle wegzuräumen, nachdem die letzte Zugabe (leider nur 2) gespielt wurde. David konnte auch keine Autogramme mehr geben, obwohl er das vorher angekündigt hatte!
Es wurde ein Programmheft mit sehr schönen Fotos von ihm verkauft (8 Euro), außerdem Sweatshirts in schwarz und T-Shirts.
Heute abend werde ich noch einige Fotos hochladen!!
This was my first concert with Orchestra AND Band.
The stage looked beautiful. The orchestra was placed in the back, David´s Band in front of them. The concert began with Pirates of the Carribean. The orchestra began playing......and you could see the shadow of David on a big screen behind the orchestra. Then we could hear is violin, but we coudn´t see him. Suddenly a surprise happend, but I don´t want to tell about, because it was his first concert of the tour.
David played classical pieces and pieces of his 2 albums Virtuoso and Encore. He was brilliant! Unfortunately is was difficult to hear his violin, when he played with his band. The drums and the guitar had to be turned down.
There was a camera fixed on his head, when he played the very virtuos piece Sarasate (Zapateado) and his left hand was filmed and you could see him playing on the screen behind the stage. Also the orchestra looked to the screen and was thrilled!
David seemed to be very happy and relaxed! The audience was encouraged to join in when he played Thunderstruck. Wunderful the 3. Violinconcerto of Bach (the 2nd movement) and also Kreisler´s Liebesfreud, which he played after the interval!!!
The concert lasted a long time, until 22:30!! The staff of the hall already began the take away the chairs and the carpet, after he had played the last encore (unfortunately only 2). David could not give any autographs, although he has said before!
The sold a program with very nice photos of him (8 Euro) and Sweatshirts in black and T-Shirts.
I will upload some photos this evening.
Birgit, official forum
David can manage easily 8000 people .
The concert at Lanxess arena in Koeln was phenomenal. Symphonic orchestra, David' s Band and he, all were professional.
It began completely mysteriously. The David' s silhouette was seen on the big screen. David with hat, music in the background; how by Micheal Jackson!!!!
The concert was great, but I missed something.
The audience took part, but nothing has got of it. I do not know what David himself felt there, did he hear something? No idea.
The orchestra awfully, the Band - I would say therefore once again, played too loud and it was not always easy to hear David and his violin.
I do not know how it belonged behind me, but in front of me - the Band's playing was really too loud.
Unfortunately, David only gave two encores.!!! And the public was excited and wanted more and more!!!
David also played "Smile" by Charlie Chaplin and as an encore "Walt Disney" – Aladdin!!!
It was funny to see two little boys coming forward to the stage to have got an autograph!
David – as always – signed, laughed and said that he still would give others later. But unfortunately he didn’t!!!! There was no autograph after the concert! With 8000 people there, I would not have liked!!!
All family accompanied David. His mom, sister, her daddy and of course Tatjana.
Ahhhh.....make videos and take pictures were forbidden.
People next to me were angry because I was always shouting....
The audience was varied! Young and old people!!! Great!!!
wir waren am Samstag, den 10.01.09 in der "Köln-Arena" oder Lanxess Arena. Es war ein Weihnachtsgeschenk. Fantastisch. Es hat soviel Spaß gemacht, dass wir garnicht bemerkten, wie die Zeit verging. Thanks for that beautiful kind of music. Perfektion und Lässigkeit auf einen Nenner gebracht. Mehr davon. Am 17. Mai bist Du in Aachen im Eurogress. Vielleicht feiere ich dann dort meinen Geburtstag. Mal sehen.
Aber etwas anderes. Ich habe gesehen, dass auch Veranstaltungen in Stuttgart sind. Da müssen wir etwas erzählen. Und zwar: An der Stelle des alten Stammschlosses der Württemberger auf dem Rotenberg ist ein Mausoleum für Katharina (Tochter des russischen Zaren Paul I und Ehefrau Sophie Dorothea von Württemberg) als Grabkapelle erbaut.
Als Katharina erfahren hatte, dass Wilhelm I. nicht bereit gewesen wäre, sein Verhältnis mit der italienischen Adligen Blanche de la Flèche (Baronin Keudelstein) (†1864) aufzugeben, lief die Königin – nur mit einem dünnen Kleid bekleidet – in den Park des Neuen Schlosses in Stuttgart, wobei sie sich in der winterlichen Kälte eine Grippe zuzog, an der sie wenige Tage später starb. Die an sich harmlose Erkrankung war durch die Gürtelrose verstärkt worden, an der Katharina bereits seit November 1818 gelitten hatte. König Wilhelm I. ließ seiner Frau auf dem Rotenberg bei Stuttgart ein Mausoleum (Grabkapelle) errichten, in dem sie 1824 beigesetzt wurde. Auf seinem Portal steht geschrieben: „Die Liebe höret nimmer auf“.
Diese Grabkapelle liegt in den Weinbergen. Hast Du Lust auf ein musikalisches Experiment, dann besuche mal diese Stelle. Zum einen hast Du einen wunderbaren Ausblick. Zum anderen: Im unteren Teil der Kapelle (im Gewölbekeller) gibt es einen Raum mit einer außergewöhnlichen Akkustik. Genial. Einfach Violine mitnehmen, spielen und genießen. Das ist einer unserer schönsten Orte. Bei Schittwetter ist dort keine S..., aber dann fehlt dort leider auch der schöne Ausblick.
Laß uns wissen, ob Du es ausprobierst oder ausprobiert hast!!!!
Bleib´ gesund und feiere jeden Tag mit einem kleinen Kindergeburtstag.
Es grüßt Dich aus Aachen
Gaby, 13th January
Berlin - 14th January 2009
the concert was a big success for david and the fans were very enthusiastic and we all including david had a lot of fun there!!
with love and peace from
Mannheim - 21st January 2009
bin gerade vom Mannheim Konzert nach Hause gekommen. Es war fantastisch!!! Und die Akustik diesmal exzellent, die Tontechniker hatten seine Geige richtig eingestellt, sodass sie diesmal nicht vom Schlagzeug und den Gitarren übertönt wurde.
Es war ein wunderbares Erlebnis, eine kleinere Konzerthalle, ungefähr 2000 Zuhörer und die Stimmung war sehr gut. David war glücklich, er hat tatsächlich in seinen letzten 2 Tagen ohne Konzerte sein neues Klassikalbum aufgenommen in Berlin aufgenommen.
Diesmal kam er bei Pirates of the caribbean von der linken Seite des Zuschauerraumes. Leider war die Bühne so gebaut, dass er während seines Spiels nicht nach unten kommen konnte.
Nach dem Konzert gab David wieder ausdauernd Autogramme, ich glaube die ganze Halle hatte sich angestellt!
Ich habe sehr viele Fotos gemacht und werde sie gleich hochladen.
Just arrived home from the Mannheim concert. It was fantastic. This time the acoustics was excellent, the soundman tuned everything very good, the drums and guitar were not that loud as the last time.
It was a wonderful experience, a smaller concert-hall, about 2000 people and the atmosphere was very good. David was happy, he really recorded his next classical album in Berlin the last 2 days before the concert.
This time he arrived from the left side of the auditorium, playing Pirates of the Caribbean. Unfortunately he could not come down to the audience durinng his concert, the stage was not built for this.
After the concert he again has given autographs, it looked like the whole hall was standing in line.
Birgit, official forum
Frankfurt - 27th January 2009
David was totally at home with charming every one of his audience personally and magically
It was wonderful to be present at the first of the Encore concerts in the LanXess Arena in Cologne, and it was clear from the first appearance of the silhouetted figure against the screen that this was going to be a winning formula. However, as David became more comfortable handling a large Arena audience, the bright beginning gave rise to an even more brilliant and sparkling success.
I went along to one of the later concerts too, this time in a smaller arena (only 2000 people) in Frankfurt. By this time, David was totally at home with charming every one of his audience personally and magically. Gone were the nervous fumblings of paper and hesitant comments. By now he was relaxed as he told stories of his life in New York, concerts around the world and responded to the cheers, comments and overwhelming enthusiasm of his besotted audiences.
The music was assured and accomplished from the first event, but after two weeks it was clear that the orchestra were loving the rock arena atmosphere as much as the band. They were clearly impressed from the first with David's playing, but they were far more absorbed in Frankfurt. Any hesitancy and hints of stuffiness in Cologne had gone and they were all flowing together. David blatantly flirted with musician after musician and it was clear that everyone (in particular some of the women) would be dreadfully sorry when this magical adventure came to an end. Whether it was their more familiar milieu of Vivaldi or the rip roaring ACDC, they were well and truly “up for it.”
The format was more slick. One or two of the pieces had been cut. The sound was better balanced. They were all confident and assured and the result was polished but lost none of the drama or emotion.
David's dream had been to bring a wider audience to the classical world. He certainly achieved that. Concerts were sold out so soon after they were announced and tickets reached silly prices on Ebay. There were lots of young people, (the youngest I know about was seven) and still lots and lots of over 40s. It was not all women - well not quite.
The audience in Frankfurt were noisy and energetic. David responded with even more sparkle. There was no need to encourage people to join in with “Thunderstruck” and for the encore of “Aladdin”, everyone had come prepared to light up the arena, whether with lighters and mobile phones or with more dramatic light-sticks and effects.
It must have been exhausting for all of them and they said they were tired - but none of that showed in the performances. Adrenalin is a powerful ingredient and it was as though every member of the team, from the sound guys to the individual musicians was “on a roll”.
David had to go off stage to replace a string after the energetic “Dualling Strings” which had been even more of a duel than on previous performances. No problem. Giorgio Serci, the guitarist, launched in to “An Englishman in New York”, to be joined on guitar by the conductor, Franck van der Heyden. David came back to an audience even more warmed up for the final numbers.
As an event, it was second to none. As a spectacle, it will take a lot of beating. But as a musical performance it was even more technically accomplished and emotional than had been suggested even in those early successful evenings. Note perfect, amazing feats of violin mastery, David had this all, literally, at his fingertips.
Standing occasions are normal for David but wild and crazy enthusiasm is not usually associated with violin virtuosos. Here it was natural and so, so right.
There is only one word and one response to all of this : “Encore...... Encore..” And please bring it across the Channel to the UK.
Tabitha, January 2009.
Die Jahrhunderthalle Frankfurt ist zwar eine alte, aber wunderschöne Konzerthalle.
Das Orchester kam wie immer zuerst auf die Bühne! Sehr verhaltener Applaus, die Zuschauer wussten nicht genau, klatschen wir jetzt schon oder nicht? Dann kam die Band, das Licht wurde verdunkelt und das Ochester fing mit He´s a Pirate an. David kam diesmal von der linken hinteren Seite in den Zuschauerraum und ging quer durch die Reihen!
Das Publikum brauchte etwas bis es auftauchte, wie in Mannheim war es ein "neues" Publikum, welches David letztes Jahr noch nicht gesehen hat. Kein Wunder, David hat ja die Rhein-Main-Neckar Gegend letztes Jahr ausgelassen.....
Die Stimmung besserte sich aber sehr schnell und die Zuschauer gingen mit. David, sein Orchester und die Band haben auch fantastisch gespielt. David war viel lockerer, als noch beim ersten Konzert in Köln. Auch "sein" Orchester ging richtig mit und schunkelte bei den Stücken, bei denen es Pause hatte. Leider kam auch die Konzertpause viel zu schnell!
Beim 2. Stück der 2. Hälfte "Duelling Strings" riss David die E-Saite!! Er musste kurz in den Backstage-Bereich und die Saite wechseln. Da fiel Giorgio Serci ein, er könnte doch eigentlich "Englishman in New York" spielen, welches er schon während der Virtuoso-Tour gespielt hatte. So bekamen wir ca. 5 Minuten ein nicht geplantes Stück zu hören. Alle applaudierten, auch das Orchester!
Das Publikum war mittlerweile nicht mehr zu halten, bei Thunderstruck schrieen wir uns heiser! Leider war das Konzert wieder viel zu schnell zu Ende. David gab wie immer 2 Zugaben, obwohl wir mehr wollten......
Später kamen John und Giogio noch auf die Bühne und gaben fast im Liegen Autogramme an diejenigen, die nicht schnell ins Foyer gehastet waren um sich an der langen Autogrammschlange für David anzustellen....
The "Jahrhunderthalle Frankfurt" is a very old, but beautiful concert-hall.
As always the orchestra came on stage. Very lukewarm applause, the audience did not know, do we have to applaud or not. Then the band appeared, lights were switched off and the orchestra started with He´s a pirate. This time, David arrived from the left hand side of the auditorium and walked across the rows.
The audience needed some time to unbend. Like in Mannheim it was a "new" audience, which did not see David last year during his Virtuoso tour. No wonder, David did not play in this part of Germany last year.
The mood changed very fast and was much better. David, his orchestra and the band played fantastic. David was much more laid-back as during his first concert in Cologne. Also his orchestra swayed to the music, when they were not playing. Unfortunately the interval was much too early.
At the second piece after the interval (Duelling Strings) the e-string of Davids violin ripped. David had to go to the backstage area to get a new string. Giorgio Serci decided to play "Englishman in New York, what he also played during the Virtuoso-Tour last year". So we could listen to an unplanned piece for 5 minutes. Every body applauded, also the orchestra.
Meanwhile the audience could not take a brace, we shouted ourself hoarse. Unfortunately the concert was finished much too early. David gave 2 encores, although we wanted more.
Later, John and Giorgio came back on stage and gave autographs (almost lying on the ground) to those, who did not rush in the mail-hall to stand in the long autograph-line
Birgit, official forum
Hamburg - 29th january
david smiling is so handsome!
the concert was phantastic and the crowd was exploding!! i really like the crossover thing (thunder is a brilliant one live!! and so is smooth criminal) but i must say it touches me much more to hear and to see him play the "pure" classical peaces! i love it! even if he loves the crossover, there is something special if he plays the classical! you can feel that this is where he belongs and where he comes from...
love and peace from hamburg