Haitink Conducts Beethoven's 'Eroica' Symphony

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Thursday, June 05, 2014

Conductor Bernard Haitink. Conductor Bernard Haitink. (Creutziger)

Bernard Haitink conducts the New York Philharmonic in Webern's tone poem Im Sommerwind, Berg's Violin Concerto with soloist Leonidas Kavakos, and Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony.

Program details:

Webern: Im Sommerwind

Berg: Violin Concerto

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, "Eroica"

Comments [3]

Les from Miami, Florida

The late romantic era's "Im Sommerwind" was a delight to hear. The Berg Violin Concerto had a feeling interpreter in Mr. Kavakos. From the opening bars with the open strings of the violin to the transcendent momemt in the second movement when the clarinets play the Bach chorale "Es ist genug", the essence of the music was given full due. The Orchestra, I think, could have been more forceful and louder in the second movement in the phrases right before the chorale. I only heard the first movement of the "Eroica" Symphony, technical problems presenting themselves. I was disappointed that the strong accents called for (sforzando) over and over again sounded tepid to my taste; and the repeat taken lessens the forward motion and thrust of the movement: I prefer one hearing then into the development section. Again, a matter of taste. Tepid is again the word that comes to mind when the tonic and dominant chords are played together, when greater dynamic and accent, to my mind, is needed to "fill the bill". Very little revolution or dynamism, I fear, in the interpretation, as much as I heard.

Jun. 15 2014 03:02 PM
jls from nyc

At least Baldwin is (usually) mercifully brief, we're spared any interviewing of the audience, and I think he has finally learned to pronounce the "T" in "Alan Gilbert conducTs...", instead of saying "...ducks."

Jun. 12 2014 03:50 PM
Stan W. from NJ

I think that Alec Baldwin is the worst host for these programs. He sounds like a fish out of water, that he doesn't know classical music is obvious. He accents/emphasizes the wrong things and his pronunciations are terribly pretentious.It's just not comfortable to hear him.

I am so glad to get this off my chest. I wish it would be communicated to the Phil people. I guess they are glad to have some one as celebrated and Baldwin to do it. Help!!

Jun. 05 2014 09:39 PM

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