LISTSERV mailing list manager LISTSERV 16.0

Help for CLASSICAL Archives


CLASSICAL Archives

CLASSICAL Archives


CLASSICAL@COMMUNITY.LSOFT.COM


View:

Message:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

By Topic:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

By Author:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

Font:

Proportional Font

LISTSERV Archives

LISTSERV Archives

CLASSICAL Home

CLASSICAL Home

CLASSICAL  May 2005

CLASSICAL May 2005

Subject:

NSO Season Ticket Continues With Mahler 9

From:

Mitch Friedfeld <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Thu, 28 Apr 2005 18:45:36 -0400

Content-Type:

text/plain

Parts/Attachments:

Parts/Attachments

text/plain (52 lines)

The next-to-last concert of my National SO season ticket took place
last Thursday when the orchestra performed Mahler 9 at the Kennedy Center.
It was a typically excellent performance soundwise and performance-wise,
but I thought there was a little fire missing, especially in the first
movement.  Intensity ratcheted up movement by movment, though.  The
finale was exquisite, and turned what might have been a middling-to-fine
performance into an excellent one.  I consider this to have been another
triumph for Slatkin's ongoing cycle.  The Washington Post (registration
required) was slightly less enthusiastic:

   http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A8304-2005Apr22.html

Slatkin started the evening with what he does best, a 20-minute lecture,
with orchestral excerpts, on what Mahler was trying to express and on
the various quotations in the 9th.  Among the works contrasted and
compared with the 9th were parts of Mahler symphonies Nos.  1, 2, 3, 5,
6, and Das Lied, Bruckner 7 and 9, and Haydn's Military symphony.
Surprisingly, he did not touch on the prominent Kindertotenlieder quotation
near the end of the finale.  Three -- count 'em, three -- cell phones
went off during the talk, and Slatkin was moved to say, "Telephone" from
the podium.  Maybe I should have been glad for the interruptions, as
there were no phones to be heard during the symphony.  Had there been,
listers would have been reading about me in the paper the next day.

Points at random: Much to my surprise, Slatkin took a leisurely pace
through the first movement and especially the finale.  I didn't time
the finale but my wife maintains it went over 30 minutes, which, in my
experience, is way different from what this speed demon typically does.
The NSO muted brass were really prominent, and I had the impression that
every bizarre sound effect that Mahler scored was faithfully performed.
The entry of the first waltz theme in II was taken briskly; no elephantine
entry here.  It bears repeating, the finale was breathtaking.  Slatkin
was almost Bernsteinian at the end -- in tempo, not in podium choreography
-- and the NSO strings faded into nothingness just as they were supposed
to.  And surprise, the KC audience waited the long time until Slatkin
put his hands down before applauding.

And yet, I have to say the Colorado MahlerFest performance last January
was more moving.  This is maybe because we were all pulling for the CMFO
to bring off this difficult symphony.  With the NSO more likely to perform
an incident-free 9th, there wasn't that feeling of danger; when the CMFO
passed all the performance crises, the feeling of having achieved a real
accomplishment was palpable.  Last night's performance was exciting, but
were the NSO members investing everything in it that the CMFO members
did?

The next installment of my season ticket takes place May 5 when
Rostropovich guest-conducts the NSO in an all-Tchaikovsky program:
Nutcracker Suite, the D major Violin Concerto (Mayu Kishima), and
Symphony No. 5.

Mitch Friedfeld

Top of Message | Previous Page | Permalink

Advanced Options


Options

Log In

Log In

Get Password

Get Password


Search Archives

Search Archives


Subscribe or Unsubscribe

Subscribe or Unsubscribe


Archives

May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004
September 2004
August 2004
July 2004
June 2004
May 2004
April 2004
March 2004
February 2004
January 2004
December 2003
November 2003
October 2003
September 2003
August 2003
July 2003
June 2003
May 2003
April 2003
March 2003
February 2003
January 2003
December 2002
November 2002
October 2002
September 2002
August 2002
July 2002
June 2002
May 2002
April 2002
March 2002
February 2002
January 2002
December 2001
November 2001
October 2001
September 2001
August 2001
July 2001
June 2001
May 2001
April 2001
March 2001
January 2001
December 2000
November 2000
October 2000
September 2000
August 2000
July 2000
June 2000
May 2000
April 2000
March 2000
February 2000
January 2000
December 1999
November 1999
October 1999
September 1999
August 1999
July 1999
June 1999
May 1999
April 1999
March 1999
February 1999
January 1999
July 1997

ATOM RSS1 RSS2



COMMUNITY.LSOFT.COM

Secured by F-Secure Anti-Virus CataList Email List Search Powered by the LISTSERV Email List Manager