1. KMW
    March 4, 2017 @ 11:03 pm

    The audience’s concentration on and enjoyment of the Shostakovich. Concerto and Augustin Hadelich’s encore was amazng to behold. And I thought the venue was full because of the Beethoven 5th!


  2. Peter D
    March 5, 2017 @ 8:18 am

    Not everybody in the audience was enthralled. I know of a few who were simply bored to death and eagerly awaiting for the intermission to deliver them from their misery. As for the Beethoven 5th, Christoph von Dohnanyi did a better job a few years ago. Stenz had a few good ideas here and there but he missed the critical transition between the 3rd and 4th movements to a point that it made me wonder whether he really understood what the 4th movement is about (with the entry of the trombones, contrabassoon and piccolo). I also noticed that he didn’t seem the get the same approval from the orchestra than Danzmayr got a week earlier.


  3. S
    March 6, 2017 @ 12:14 pm

    Peter D, agree about Stenz in Beethoven 5, but if you were among those “bored to death” by the Shostakovich, might I ask why? Given that the piece was chosen to directly contrast the Beethoven in mood, musical language, and general composition, I thought it fit well.


  4. Peter D
    March 8, 2017 @ 2:34 pm

    S. it was not because of the performance. Hadelich played beautifully and the orchestra was as good as in the Beethoven but this violin concerto simply doesn’t work at all for me (and some others apparently from what I could hear). I really wish the Symphony would do away more often with the old tired overture/concerto/symphony format, especially with such a weak (in my opinion. I realize that not everybody agrees with me) concerto. I am sure there must be other more efficient (and maybe even cheaper as you don’t have to pay for a soloist if you remove the concerto) ways to showcase Beethoven 5th. As a case in point, the first half with Danzmayr a couple of weeks ago was more satisfying: A good Strauss’ waltz which deserves to be played in concert way more often, as many of other Strauss’ pieces, followed by a somewhat weak (too) but harmless (and short) contemporary piece.


  5. KMW
    March 10, 2017 @ 11:58 am

    Peter D, is there any 20th-21st century orchestral music you enjoy hearing?


  6. Peter D
    March 11, 2017 @ 6:08 pm

    KMW, there is and Ravel, Berg and even some Shostakovich come to mind, but I unfortunately wouldn’t want to compare the 20th century to the 19th, 18th or 17th in terms of quality and quantity of good music written.


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