While waiting at the Barbican for Titus A, we are being entertained on screen by the LSO doing a concert version of Wonderful Town going on in the Hall. Bit hard to judge it where I am but it looks fun. Has anyone gone to this?
Haven't seen the current Barbican version but saw this around twenty years ago at the Proms with Rattle conducting. He's made quite a specialty of the piece and there is an excellent recording too. I think it's musically very strong and should be better known. For the prom performance there was an unbelievablely stellar cast of Audra McDonald, Kim Criswell and Thomas Hampson.
We were there too. Fantastic. We were in row G of the stalls (the row with the large gap in front of it) and so had the whole cast including Danielle de Niese and Alysha Umphress conga-ing right in front of us Our 16 year old daughter warned us that if we joined in (as suggested by Sir Simon Rattle for the encore performance) she would kill us! The whole evening was made extra special by the fact that it marked the retirement, after 38 years, of Nigel Broadbent one of the first violins. He got the sort of send off no-one would ever forget. According to comments on the LSO facebook page the performance has been recorded for the LSO LIve label. We have the 1998 recording which tmesis mentioned which is also very good. Really glad we went and thought the half six fix format (just one piece performed with a concert length of about an hour and a half worked really well.