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In performance: Frühbeck de Burgos at the NSO

In today's Washington Post: Frühbeck de Burgos leads NSO lightly through Mozart and Strauss, by Robert Battey.

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As for me, I'm in the middle of Gergiev Week at the Kennedy Center. Regular blog posting will resume next week.

By Anne Midgette  |  March 5, 2010; 5:38 AM ET
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What is a "shakedown performance"?

Posted by: Lindemann777 | March 5, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

This was the second time we had heard Ingrid Fliter and we were as impressed as before. The last time was exactly 2 years ago (March 6, 2008 to be exact) playing Beethoven's 1st piano concerto and also paired with R. Strauss (Ein Heldenleben). Manfred Honeck was the conductor for that one. Mr. Battey described her playing as fluid and that is exactly the word that came into my head last night. The music flowed from the piano with a clarity that illustrates the sublimity of Mozart. The Serenade No. 6 was great fun with surprises sprinkled here and there that almost seemed jarring and a reminder that Mozart (I have read) liked a good joke. It seemed to us that Strauss' Symphonia domestica is played a lot more than our listening demands, but I enjoyed the first half a lot more than I had in the past. After the child's bedtime, signaled by 7 taps on the glockenspiel (programs notes useful here), it did get lost in so many instruments playing so many notes that I ended up mostly confused. It was a happy pleasure seeing de Burgos back again and I recounted to my seat mates of around 30 years the time when de Burgos with a vigorous snap of his baton, splintered it in midair, sending a shard at the feet of the violists. And last night he didn't disappoint with the baton flying out into the audience (this time intact). This is why I love live performances.

Posted by: William Kirchhoff | March 5, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

" I'm in the middle of Gergiev Week at the Kennedy Center"

How dreadful, praying for a swift recovery.

Posted by: ianw2 | March 5, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Unless I am mistaken as to the Washington Post's cultural priorities, I believe that you meant to write:

“As for me, I'm in the middle of Gergiev Week at the Kennedy Center and the Metropolitan Opera House.”

I would also like to express my deep thanks to the Metropolitan Opera for their courtesy in allowing Anna Netrebko to perform for a little more than 15 minutes last night at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The well-less-than-full national opera house audience was so deeply appreciative of this very rare and special cultural opportunity.

Posted by: snaketime1 | March 5, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

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