All-Mozart Program

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

The New York Philharmonic closes out its November broadcasts with and all-Mozart program, including Piano Concerto No. 22 with guest soloist Emanuel Ax.

Program details:

Mozart: Overture to The Magic Flute

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

Mozart: Symphony No. 25 in G minor

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante

Mozart: Symphony No. 36, "Linz"

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Comments [1]

Les from Miami, Florida

I thoroughly enjoyed the performances of the two syphonies and the Sinfonia Concertante. I thought the performance of the latter sublime. In the symphonies, I found it a bit arresting that Mr. Gilbert is apparently not of the opinion that grace notes should be played like appogiaturas: the were vert short in the Symphony No. 25 and in the Symphony No. 36. Of course, that doesn't apply to the Presto movement of the Symphony No. 36. I thought the balance between the winds and strings was well-nigh perfect: Mr. Gilbert's insistence on the traditional seating plan with first violins on the left and second violins on the right contributed mightily to that end --- a choice that I'm in complete agreement with --- and the short passages in the Symphony No. 36's first movement for oboes bassoons horns and trumpets were similarly well-balanced as evidence of the players listening to each other with great care. I liked the strong rythmic profiles in all of the movements; and the phrasing involving quick crescendos and diminuendos in the first movment of Symphony No. 36 seemed a choice especially salubrious. In the slow movement, some string passages written staccato were played with ties, either because of the performing edition or Mr. Gilbert's own editing. A critic of the "New York Times" took Mr. Gilbert to task in his performances of Mozart's last three symphonies together. When they're aired, I'm especially eager to hear them, because I honestly believe, on the basis of this all-Mozart program, that the critic is selling Mr. Gilbert short.

Dec. 08 2013 01:47 PM

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