Go out and listen to something…

April 27, 2006

National Symphony Orchestra

Filed under: music — burnett @ 12:12 pm

The NSO presents Dawn Upshaw, Mstislav Rostropovich conducting, in Correspondance of Henri Dutilleux.� This is the first time I’ve heard Dawn in person.� I have heard her overwhelming recording of the Gorecki 3rd Symphony, in which her performance sends a huge chill up the spine.�

� Dutilleux proves that he is among the few living composers who drives his music with emotion, in addition to his virtuosity with the orchestra itself.� The timbres are arresting, and the overall effect proves that this work is up there with the Vier Letzte Lieder of� Richard Strauss.� We hear so many skilled composers who bring works into the concert hall that lack the power to engage the heart and mind together.� Dutilleux is a master.�

� Dutilleux himself is here for the performances.� He sat in the 8th row this morning, and after each section motioned like the pope to Slava that he was cool with the performance.� Dawn sounded great, but is struggling with a few passages.� � I have no doubt that she’ll pull it together for the concert.

Slava has brought his relationship with the NSO to an historic low this week.� His pedantry has been excessively acute, and really has no place in this environment.� His faults as a conductor have been amplified to a roar, and the miscommunication� and his � incompetence have severely� impaired � the orchestra’s ability to get a handle on this otherwise terrific program

No Comments

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

Powered by WordPress