Saturday, February 16, 2013

BSO — 2013/02/14-16

This week the first half of the concert is much shorter than the second half. As always, we turn for a synopsis to the Boston Symphony's performance detail page, where we read:
For his second week of concerts this season, Christoph von Dohnányi is joined by revered Romanian pianist Radu Lupu-known for his individual interpretations of the great masterpieces of the piano repertoire-for Mozart's elegantly soft-spoken Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, completed in 1786 when Mozart was at the height of his popularity in Vienna. Also on the program is Bruckner's expansive Symphony No. 4, Romantic, marked by the soaring grandeur and long-breathed melodies so characteristic of that composer.
And there are the usual audio and text links for additional info.

The Globe review was favorable, and I found it fairly pleasant. Others, on the Boston Musical Intelligencer, weren't so pleased — some found the Mozart just going through the motions, and some felt that Dohnányi didn't understand the spiritual side of the Bruckner. If you listen on Classical New England, you can decide for yourself. As always, there are links on their BSO page.

Sunday afternoon they'll rebroadcast last week's Brahms, Sibelius, and Beethoven concert.

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