A Collaborative Pleasure
Shaham played the Brahms Violin Concerto with an intense, large and colorful tone. He jumped in with both feet to attack formidable challenges and was wonderfully successful, from incisive drama to lyrical spin. Was humidity a factor in his not quite perfect tuning Friday evening?
Delfs led the last classical MSO concert of the season, which began with a
stylish performance of Johann Strauss’ Tales
from the Vienna Woods, as transparent and buoyant as a breeze blown chiffon
scarf. The lighter than air quality continued in Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 (“
2007-2008 was a very good classical season, with many memorable highlights.
Erika Sunnegardh was spine-tingling as Salome at Florentine Opera.
Percussionists Terry Smirl and Linda Siegel playing Steve Reich’s Nagoya Marimbas in a
Some MSO soloists rose to memorable heights: pianist Adam Golka’s poetry in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at MSO; Hilary Hahn’s peerless Bach Gigue encore; Yo Yo Ma’s big-hearted humanity in Strauss’ Don Quixote; principal clarinetist Todd Levy’s pathos in the Mozart Clarinet Concerto; Frank Almond’s lyricism in Bernstein’s Serenade; and the angelic voice of 12-year-old Mikaela Schneider in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.
highlights were Edo de Waart’s first appearance with the orchestra in Holst’s The Planets, Ludovic Morlot's insightful
conducting of Ravel's complete ballet Daphnis
and Chloe, and
Delfs’ inspired Bach Mass in B Minor.
The story continues next season. See you in September.