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In Performance: Local Reviews

The NSO offers a preview of its China tour in June, by Anne Midgette.

By Anne Midgette  |  April 17, 2009; 10:21 AM ET
Categories:  Washington , local reviews  
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I was at the Saturday concert, and I second the review. I even labeled some of my impressions with words from the review - "intensity" in particular. Fischer excels at tightening the emotional screws and building the climaxes without losing control. In the Tchaikovsky he also managed to capture the emotion (another word from the review) in the "soft" passages as well as the intense ones. The slow movement, except in the deliberately harsh parts, was just lovely, as was the waltz.

I had a bit more trouble with the Kellogg than did Ms. Midgette. It's a bit too much of a sameness, ff to fff, slow, almost ponderous, for the most part. It makes a decent first impression for all that, but I wonder if it'll be heard much once the tour is over.

As for Kavakos in the Mendelssohn, I like to think that he thought the music so good that it didn't need any extraneous help from the performer. I particularly enjoyed the slow movement (and, despite the hints in this comment, I'm not particularly partial to slow movements). It was like a long-breathed song, which I'm sure is what Mendelssohn intended. I'd be delighted to attend another performance of the same concerto by the same performers whenever they get around to it.

Over all, I'd say the orchestra is ready for its tour. I hope the foreign critics like them as much as I did last night.

Posted by: BobL | April 19, 2009 11:47 PM | Report abuse

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