I heard Bran with the Navy Band at their Symposium and was very impressed. If he keeps pushing this repertoire, he will raise the bar on expressiveness for everybody.I heard it a couple of years ago. He's much better than he used to be at classical!
After doing a quick search, I found Marsalis talking about that concert (Glazunov and Schulhoff).I heard him play the Glazunov a few months ago with the NY Phil. I was very pleasantly surprised by how good of a job he did. He did in fact improvise his own cadenza, and it was fabulous. While it wasn't the best Glaz I've ever heard, it was by no means the worst.
I heard him play it with Chicago a few years back. He missed his entrance. The rest of it was alright, though.
Delangle missed his entrance while performing the Decruck at the NASA conference in Athens, GA. His reed didn't respond - he adjusted it, then gave an outstanding performance.I can't really see how any of it could be alright if he missed his entrance...I mean, it's not really a difficult entrance. Musically it is, but not counting-wise.
That's life. Fame is self-perpetuating. You get famous, get a great agent, and you have it made for life, even if you go down in your ability.Not that Branford's a bad classical player, but every time I hear that he's going to play a concerto I think about all of the unknown players who can play it far better than he.
Another example of why recordings are better than live music.Maybe what we can learn from this is that Branford is getting better, but suffers from inconsistency?