Manfred Honeck Conducts Vivier

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Conductor Manfred Honeck. Conductor Manfred Honeck. (Felix Broede)

Manfred Honeck returns to the New York Philharmonic to conduct Claude Vivier’s Orion, marking the orchestra’s first performance of any work by Vivier. Honeck will also conduct Bruckner’s final symphonic work, Symphony No. 9.

Program details:

Vivier: Orion

Bruckner: Symphony No. 9

Comments [6]

Les from Miami, Florida

The Vivier piece seemed amorphous to me; and I didn't hear anything of interest as far as tone color or rhythm to make me want to hear it again. The solo voice didn't add much, in my opinion.The Bruckner performance was an outstanding one. Bruckner's glorious writing for brass was much in evidence in the triple forte passages of the first movement as were the singing lines of the third movement, "Adagio", employing Wagner tubas. The first movement crescendos increased painstakingly and inexorably to their cadences. The second movement Scherzo had the sardonic and the relentless much in evidence. The Trio (in F sharp major, 3-8), was taken at the indicated rapid pace; and the return to the main melodic material was in the same tempo, as it's intended to be, as its first appearance. The playing of the Adagio was sorrowful and transcendent, from the opening violin statement on their lowest string (but in the middle register) to the final cadence in E major on the brass.

Apr. 27 2014 07:30 PM

Thanks for the response, Carol. I found the old WQXR blog posting describing the competition.!/story/186256-pittsburgh-symphony-seeks-soloist-youtube-contest/

Apr. 25 2014 01:29 PM
Carol Luparella from Elmwood Park, NJ

Hi Michael,
I honestly don't remember that competition being mentioned on WQXR, but I agree that it was a rather nasty thing to do to the talented musicians who entered the contest.

Apr. 24 2014 01:27 PM

PS I had originally heard about the competition here on WQXR. Does anyone else remember?

Apr. 24 2014 01:08 PM

I totally soured on Manfred Honeck a few years ago when he and the PSO held a concerto competition via the internet. They were looking for undiscovered talent and found it. But then, after flying the finalist to Pittsburgh for the final, they decided none of the finalists were good enough.... Honeck and the PSO didn't pick a winner and kept all the prize money (which was given to them specifically for the competition). Fair enough, they had reserved the right not to pick a winner, but they had four qualified finalists. Not picking a winner demonstrated that Honeck and the PSO were willing to exploit talented young musicians for a simple PR stunt. It was pretty slimy in my opinion. I guess Honeck and the PSO don't care though. I'm sure most people have forgotten about it. And, my few-man boycott (some of my friends remember, too) of both Honeck and the PSO probably isn't hurting them much....

Apr. 24 2014 01:05 PM
Carol Luparella from Elmwood Park, NJ

I listened to this NY Philharmonic broadcast last night on, and it is a beautiful performance of Bruckner's 9th Symphony. I'm looking forward to listening to it again.

Apr. 24 2014 11:01 AM

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