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Joshua Bell& Alan Gilbert @ The NY Philharmonic

In Uncategorized on May 2, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Programs of rarely preformed music and new music might be Alan Gilbert’s calling card. Two of the three works on this night have been played by the NYP only once before, The Golden Spinning Wheel( Dvorak) and Symphony # 4 ( Martinu) . The key here is that each is not  “difficult” or “challenging” but a beautiful neglected  wonder. The Golden Spinning Wheel is a tone poem in the early 20th century style, with the attendant gory story, is a delightful romp through the Cech country side and the Symphony#4 is a mid century celebration of the end of WWII; same country.

Joshua  Bell played the Saint Saens Violin Concerto#3  with such fire that you have to wonder why it isn’t played more, or be ready to hear it again, this has to be a signature piece for him. It might be my imagination that Joshua and Alan sort of “body englished” the piece to a transcendent level or is the ” classical” music world being changed  by the next generation of musicians into the 21st Century.

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