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In Friday's Washington Post:

The fresh and less familiar faces of the NSO. A review of last night's performance, by Robert Battey.

"Defiant Requiem": A powerful past comes to life. Murray Sidlin's documentary-performance of the Verdi Requiem as done in a concentration camp, by Stephen Brookes.

And a reminder: Christoph Eschenbach, Christian Tetzlaff, and some NSO players will offer a free Beethoven performance tonight at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. (The NSO concert today, meanwhile, is at 1:30 p.m.)

By Anne Midgette  | October 8, 2010; 9:09 AM ET
Categories:  Washington  
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Let's stop nit-picking: this was a marvelous concert, especially the Bruckner. As you mentioned in the article, the orchestra does not play this music that often, but when it does, it seems to be, yes, energized, and to give its best. I still have in mind for example that great Bruckner 7 from some years ago under Stanislaw Skrowaczewski - a conductor that should be invited back.

I am sure the balance problems will be corrected once Eschenbach becomes more familiar with the auditorium. But the NSO sounded technically more secure than last week in Beethoven 9. And yes, Eschenbach's all-heart emotional approach was what made yesterday's evening so satisfying.

And we were treated to even more. At the post-concert discussion (OK, I will nit-pick myself and say that we should have had opportunities to ask questions) we listened to Eschenbach and Tetzlaff performing Beethoven's Spring Sonata. It was one of those rare magic moment in which I felt that I would be able to listen to music all night and simply don't care that I have to go to work the next morning, and I couldn't care less about this or that minor detail as far as interpretation goes. This is what great music making is all about.

Thank you Christoph Eschenbach! Thank you Christian Tetzlaff!

Posted by: cicciofrancolando | October 8, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the post. I am taking off work to go hear today's concert. You ae spot on about the Stanislaw Skrowaczewski Bruckner 7- one of the most memorable NSO performances during my long stay here in DC. For way too long the NSO has been without a conductor who really has a deep understanding of this repertoire. I would extend that to the Schubert, Schumman, and other composers of that period I hope Eschensbach, even with his technical limitations can impart this "understanding" to this talented orchestra that never has really fulfilled it potential

- a conductor that should be invited back.

Posted by: commenter4 | October 8, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of Friday reviews...a write-up of last night's NY Philharmonic performance of Lindberg's "Kraft" with pictures. I remember reading something on Alex Ross's blog some time ago about this piece. It sounds very exciting.

Posted by: JosephClaro | October 8, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I'm anxiously awaiting your review of "Salome." Happy Friday, Anne!

Posted by: CruzerSF | October 8, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

A different point of view on the NSO concert, based on the Saturday performance:

Posted by: Charles_D | October 11, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

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