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Posted at 1:50 AM ET, 01/14/2011

Link: Kirill Karabits leads the NSO

By Anne Midgette

In Friday's Washington Post: In familiar world of Russian music, the NSO breaks new ground, by Anne Midgette.

By Anne Midgette  | January 14, 2011; 1:50 AM ET
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"It's rather surprising that Rostropovich, for all his open veneration of and personal friendship with Shostakovich, never programmed it at the NSO."

Another interesting fact is that Rostropovich never programmed Shostakovich's last symphony with the NSO. It's first outing by the orchestra was given by Slatkin! - who actually said something like that to the audience!

I will attend tonight's concert.

Posted by: cicciofrancolando | January 14, 2011 9:47 AM | Report abuse

The NSO is in a can't win situation when it comes to progtramming. For everyone who wants more Beethoven, there are others who roll their eyes at the thought of hearing the same old warhorse once again. When Rostropovich took over (1983?), the Wash Post Magazine had a long article on the then-state of the orchestra. It said it received dozens of letters (this was pre-email), half of them saying the NSO would never draw large audiences if they continued to present the same tired pieces, and half saying they would never draw crowds if they continued to present "new stuff." I think they do a good job of mixing classical and modern/new to me numbers. Fortunately I largely like it all, and if IMO there's an occasional clunker, I view it as part of the learning experience.

Posted by: rita_reimerhotmailcom | January 15, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Why was the Sibelius Symphony in this program? What was the logic? OK, so Helsinki is near St. Petersburg, but wouldn't have made more sense to conclude the concert with either a Prokoviev or a Shostakovich symphony?

Posted by: richardmelanson05 | January 16, 2011 12:06 AM | Report abuse

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