Maestro Pulls Out All the Stops

Maestro Pulls Out All the Stops

There are 1 comment on the The Washington Post story from Feb 28, 2009, titled Maestro Pulls Out All the Stops. In it, The Washington Post reports that:

Very little odd ever happens in the concert hall. The formula is exacting: Well-dressed people with instruments make noise for well-dressed people with tickets, who punctuate the affair with applause and drinks ...

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Larry Hoffman

Baltimore, MD

#1 Mar 2, 2009
This is one of the most insightful and honest reviews that i have ever read.
As a composer who attended the concert -- and perhaps a rare audience- member who went especially to hear "Atmospheres," I was very disappointed that Ligeti's work was not given a chance to 'breathe' after its performance. Although the joining of the two pieces DID work artistically on some level, I do not believe it to be within the artistic province of Maestro Jurowski to link these works. Perhaps he was nervous at the reception of this historically abstract masterpiece. If he is that spineless, he shouldn't have programmed the work in the first place. All said, it was quite an ambitious program, and a very challenging and rewarding night of music-making thanks to this wonderful orchestra and excellent programming. There should be more programs such as this one.

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