Alan Gilbert Leads an All-Mozart Program

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Alan Gilbert conducts the NY Philharmonic. Alan Gilbert conducts the NY Philharmonic. (Chris Lee)

New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert leads the orchestra in an all-Mozart program made up of various performances and featuring soloists Emanuel Ax, piano; Liang Wang, oboe; Mark Nuccio, clarinet; Philip Myers, horn; and Judith LeClair, bassoon.

Program details:

Mozart: Overture to The Magic Flute

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat Major

Mozart: Symphony No. 25 in G-minor, K. 183

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Winds K. 297b

Mozart: Symphony No. 36 in C-major

Comments [1] from Miami, Florida

I heard no overture, as advertised, to "Die Zauberflo"te", "The Magic Flute" on this program. The always welcome Emmanuel Ax provided, as usual, singing tone with crystalline clarity of line and patrician phrasing as soloist in the Piano Concerto No. 22. The balance with the Orchestra, aided greatly by the traditional seating plan with first and second violins on opposite sides of the podium, was exemplary. The performances of Syphonies 25 and 36 were also exemplary, with woodwind solos in the trios of both minuets limpid and singing. I question the note length of the grace notes in the opening movements of both symphonies as articulated: I'm of the opinion that they should be played as appogiaturas and not as short as they were. I also question the crescendi and diminuendi that were heard at the end of sequences in first movement that concludes the principal subject of Symphony No. 36. I think the textbook classical structure is more closely adhered to without such, but here again, we have opinion against opinion. The woodwinds plus horn shone not only in their Sinfonia concertante, but also in the ineffable slow movement of the Piano Concerto No. 22. As a whole, this concert was an abundance of riches.

Jun. 22 2014 05:59 PM

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