Philly, Dutoit, and Argerich at Carnegie Hall

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Bob
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Philly, Dutoit, and Argerich at Carnegie Hall

Post by Bob » Fri Mar 02, 2007 1:01 am

Just returned from a most satisfying, sold-out performance of the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. The headliner was Martha Argerich who performed Beethoven's 2nd piano concerto. Although my nose is still bleeding from the balcony seats, the acoustics at Carnegie still permitted the attentive listener to hear the fleet dexterity of the soloist with crystal clear dynamics called for by the composer. The reduced orchestra under Dutoit was spot on in its accompaniment.

Following Argerich's performance, and almost before the last note was struck by the orchestra, the ubiquitous "Bravi!" monsters made their presence known, to me the only mar on the evening.

Argerich even stayed for a encore! She dove into what I was later told was Bach's English Suite No 3 (the Scherzo, I think). Not having heard the work in some time, I thought it was Bach, if for no other reason than for the delicious counterpoint brought out by the soloist. [Note: according to Vivian Schweizer in her 3/3/07 NY Times review, the piece was Bourée I and II from Bach’s English Suite No. 2 in A minor (BWV 807). Her review appeared Saturday folowing the Thursday concert.]

The concert's bracketing pieces, Sibelius' Finlandia (the opener) and Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherazade brought out the composers' gifts of texture and orchestral color respectively. Finlandia gave me a new appreciation for Sibelius. Sheherazade held together beautifully, with the story being "told" by the interplay of the strings, winds, horns, and percussion. Concertmaster David Kim once again demonstrated his gifts in the extensive solo sections. The young, new, tubist was absolutely magnificent particularly opening themes and their recaps.

With all the controversy surrounding Eschenbach, it appeared to me that the orchestra was relaxed under Charles Dutoit. Always a reliable interpreter, he still "beat time" as he is wont to do (thnk Reiner with a broader stroke), but also seemed to broaden his gestures to, at times, remind me a little bit of Carlos Kleiber who's motions by and large represented the "shape" of the sound he wanted to elicit from the orchestra. That was a good sign, I thought, and confirmed to this listener that the choice of Dutoit for his "interim role" was a good one. I suspect Philly will continute to do quite well as the search for the next Music Director unfolds.

Bob
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Post by Barry » Fri Mar 02, 2007 10:00 am

Thanks for the review, Bob. I'm catching the program here Saturday night.
And hope you kept that balcony seat warm for me. I'll be up there in nosebleed territory tonight for the VPO. I always sit up there though and the accoustics really are excellent.
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Post by Bob » Fri Mar 02, 2007 11:39 am

Thanks, Barry

You're gonna like this one (Philly/Argerich/Dutoit). I think Dobrin got it right. Did you see his review yet (link below)?

The new principals were terrific, esp in Sheherazade. What a showpiece for the Philly sound.

A friend told me that an old maxim in orchestra building is to build from the bottom (low sounds) up, and the higher voices sit on that sound. That works for me. With the new horns and tuba especially, along with the lushness of the Philly strings...words are inadequate. You have to hear it. R-K has been buzzing in my head all morning. I only hope they record the Verizon concert.

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/entert ... 818885.htm

Be sure to post your review.

Bob

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Post by Bob » Sat Mar 03, 2007 7:36 am

Here are three more articles regarding the Carnegie concert or the Dutoit/Philly colloaboration:

http://www.philly.com/mld/dailynews/living/16807444.htm

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/03/arts/ ... ?ref=music

Bob

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