johnleiser

Vienna Phil@Carnegie Hall 1/15/10

In Uncategorized on January 16, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Is the Vienna the best orchestra when Barenboim conducts or when Boulez conducts or is it The Berlin with Sir Simon? Who cares when it sounds as good as it did last night. The Beethoven Symphony #6 was wonderful. Articulated, if that’s a legit critique, so that every note rang through the hall, as though it was never played there before and the hall wanted to soak it up. Followed by Wagner’s Prelude to Tristan and Isolde, a switch from the original program and a smart move so that one could hear the development into the 19th century. Finishing with Schoenberg, Variations For Orchestra so that the 20th century is more understandable and an Waltz encore dedicated by Barenboim to all the people that left before the Schoenberg. This is why we keep this series. The playing is unparalleled and the sound glorious and even though you think you’ve heard this before, The Vienna makes it new and exciting all over again

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