Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and Dvořák's Symphony No. 8

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Thursday, November 07, 2013

The November broadcasts of The New York Philharmonic This Week begin with Assistant Conductor Joshua Weilerstein, in his subscription debut, conducting Osvaldo Golijov’s Last Round, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto featuring violinist Arabella Steinbacher in her debut with the orchestra, and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8.

Program details:

Osvaldo Golijov: Last Round

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto

Dvořák: Symphony No. 8

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Les from Miami, Florida

The Golijov work is reminiscent of Villa-Lobos's "Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1" for 12 'cellos and is similarly melodious and pleasant to listen to, though somewhat more adventurous metrically. Arabella Steinbacher's tone is sweet and full-bodied. It's a joy to hear her artistry. There was a tendency in the first movement of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto to slow up and emphasize new phrases --- Mr. Weilerstein's or a joint conductorial decision? --- that perhaps might have been more convincing had it been done once. The Dvorak Symphony in G had ample tone without blasting and a slowing up for the
subsidiary theme in the first movement. The folk origin was especially pronounced in the articulation of the main thematic material of the third movement.

Nov. 17 2013 02:34 PM

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