The reviews from this weekend's tremendous season opening concerts are in! Read on below:
"you'd be hard-pressed to find a reading more convincing, sweeping, or rewarding than the account of Brahms's Piano Concerto no. 2 with BPO, conductor Benjamin Zander, and soloist Alessandro Deljavan provided." ArtsFuse
"The Philharmonic achieved rigorous success throughout under Zander's direction and performed with outstanding verve in the colorful Bartok concerto. " Boston Musical Intelligencer
"Deljavan from the opening cadenza onward played with clarity, relentless charge and a generous ear." Boston Classical Review
"Performances of the “Concerto for Orchestra” regularly run 36 or 37 minutes; Zander’s clocked in at 40. Yet his reading was taut and energetic throughout, no small feat in a work where conductors tend to lose steam... The brass chorale that bisects the “Giuoco delle coppie” was properly enigmatic; the strings, reprising the first-movement flute melody, were anguished in the long-breathed “Elegia”; the “Intermezzo interrotta” was bright and everyone had great fun with the interruption. The finale, with one fugue that peters out before another starts up, is particularly difficult to hold together, but Zander never lost the thread." Boston Globe
Don't miss our next Boston Philharmonic concerts!
Boston Philharmonic Orchestra: November 14, 16, and 17 with the Boston debut of Dutch violinist Liza Fershtman performing Beethoven's Violin Concerto. The program begins with Nielsen's Helios Overture and Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, Op. 45. More info and tickets HERE.
Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra: November 24 at Symphony Hall with Stefan Jackiw performing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. More info and tickets HERE.
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