johnleiser

Staatskapelle Berlin&Mahler @ Carnegie Hall

In Uncategorized on May 15, 2009 at 5:25 pm

The Mahler Marathon by the Staatskapple Berlin is half done. All the hype made me feel guilty that I didn’t sign up for the whole cycle of symphonies and be more informed(listened). I guess the Hall needed some program power and got it from Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez. On Tuesday they played the Sixth, “Tragic” with verve and power. Pierre Boulez moved the piece along at just the right pace, it seemed to me. The loud sections were just that and the quiet sections the same. This might seem like faint praise, but I mean it to be  enthusiastic. He gave a modern reading to the piece building on the Bernstein  recordings that everyone must be listening to; I know I am and they are for sale in the lobby,and bring our pal Mahler into the 21th Century with an understanding of just how important he was as a bridge from the late 19th into the 20th century. This performance got  a giant standing O and deserved it!!! When Pierre Boulez recognized the individuals for their parts; the audience agreed with much applause. Can’t wait for the final symphony on Sunday afternoon.

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