johnleiser

Leif Ove Andshes@ the NY Phil 12/30/09

In Uncategorized on December 31, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Last concert of the season for me was a winner. Alan Gilbert is committed to bringing “interesting ” works to the big stage at Avery Fischer Hall. He spoke of it before the second, and more difficult Webern Symphony. At only 10 minutes is is shorter that many symphony movements and IS not the easiest piece to listen to or play I agree with Alan that there is something about the piece that makes you want to know it and I’m glad that I heard it beautifully played by the NYP. It dosen’t seem to be recorded any where so this is the last time I’ll hear it. The program opens with a pre-twelve tone Webern; “Im Sommerwind” that had bits of the late romantic and early 20th century piled on, Schoenberg, Wagner etc. And it was a delight.The old ladies leaving the hall were heard saying” Oh I liked that first one better, didn’t you?” Yes we all did dear!
Leif Ove Andsnes played a magical Mozart piano concerto# 488 and kept us grounded in beautiful. The Schumann Symphony# 2 closed the program in grand NYP style. The Germans have to be the strong suit of the orchestra and so it is fitting to send us off into the new decade with Alan Gilbert at the helm confident that we will continue to love our home town band for that and be able to hear new things mixed in.

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