Zukerman, Eschenbach, Bruch and Bruckner

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Avery Fisher Hall Avery Fisher Hall (Flickr/feil)

Christoph Eschenbach returns to the New York Philharmonic to conduct Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, with soloist Pinchas Zuckerman, followed by Bruckner’s Symphony No. 6.

Program details:

Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1

Bruckner: Symphony No. 6

Comments [1]

Les from Miami, Florida

I enjoyed hearing Mr. Zuckerman play the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 which seems a favorite of his from the 'elan of his playing and the corresponding attribute of the New York Philharmonic under Mr. Eschenbach's direction. I do bridle, as I did on this occasion, when I hear a bit of a ritard in the first movement orchestra peroration "un poco piu' vivo" at 16 bars before the return to "Tempo I." That personal feeling aside, I loved the hushed and sustained manner in which the enharmonic modulation of the first and second violins, then the firsts only, played the B flat that joined the first with the second movement. The last movement, "Allegro energico", was certainly that and joyous into the bargain. The Bruckner Sixth Symphony allowed the Orchestra to make a complete about face and turn into a Bruckner orchestra with mellow yet powerful brass choir,full-bodied strings and clear organ-like woodwinds. The first movement's rhythmic motto was strictly adhered to, yet in the lyrical subsidiary subject the inner voices of eighth note triplets against quarter note triplets were clearly heard. The second movement was the highlight for me: a slowly sustained solemn Adagio it was indeed, I presume conducted in a slow four from the sound of it rather than subdivided. The scherzo boasted the always balanced and ever-articulate woodwinds and brass in their fanfares. I've always been puzzled by the last movement and don't really care for it, so I can't comment except to say that the consistently high level of performance was clearly in evidence.

Feb. 05 2013 08:28 AM

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