Saturday, November 5, 2011

BSO — 2011/11/03-05 — Reviews

… As for the Haydn and Wagner program, I have a ticket for Thursday and expect to be there. It should be good.

It was very good. The two Haydn symphonies were elegantly played, and it was interesting to hear the development from No. 1 represented by No. 100. But to me at least, it sounded like the same composer, composing on a broader scale. Would I have thought so if I hadn't known already? And the Wagner was powerful. Unfortunately I made the mistake of reading the words in my program booklet while the chorus and James Morris were singing. I wish I had just basked in the glorious music and saved the reading for when I'd listen to the rebroadcast of Saturday's performance.

I strongly recommend listening in to the webstream Saturday evening, Boston time and the repeat Sunday afternoon. Click on Listen to Live Stream at 8:00 p.m. Saturday and 1:00 p.m. Sunday (Eastern Time). After that you can listen to it "on demand."

BTW, the Boston Globe's reviewer was less than thrilled — html — but he's paid to find fault. The audience was very enthusiastic.

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