For BSO, it's music, maestra, please -

For BSO, it's music, maestra, please -

There are 7 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Sep 28, 2007, titled For BSO, it's music, maestra, please -. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

After two years of buildup, Marin Alsop's historic tenure as music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra truly began last night, and began with quite a kick.

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Howard Hughes


#1 Sep 28, 2007
How fortunate you are Baltimore! You have Marin, the BSO and Tim Smith. I wish I could have been present for the concert. John Adams and Mahler are favorites of mine. May the concerts continue and draw large audiences wherever they are played. I wish I could have been present, but I am now making music on the West Coast. I look forward to hearing (through my hometown friends) about musical progress in the future. Brava! Bravi! Bravo Tim Smith for your appreciated reviews.
u r alright

Wellington, New Zealand

#2 Sep 28, 2007
u r alright
Michael Kim

Bellevue, WA

#3 Sep 28, 2007
I used to live in Baltimore and went to BSO. I wish I could have attended the concert in person, but I heard the entire concert on XM radio!! Baltimore audience - you are so lucky to have Marin Alsop! The orchestra sounds better than I have ever heard it and what a fantastic way to start the season! Congratulations.
Bob Morein

Brisbane, Australia

#4 Sep 29, 2007
The poor interpretation of the Mahler Fifth is indicative of why there is a discordant undercurrent in the musicians about Alsop's appointment. She has proven to be poorly studied in the repertoire that is vital for a modern symphonic ensemble. She obviously has little sense of direction with Mahler, and lacks the emotional maturity and focus for works of this kind. The Adagietto was a butchery, with the balance not much better.

Alsop is a disaster.

Derwood, MD

#5 Oct 1, 2007
I attended on Saturday. The Adams work, though slight, was nicely done, but drew a very rare boo from the balcony. Beneath Alsop's baton, Mahler's masterpiece was a flop, however, being modeled on the antiquated Mahler performance practice of agogic sentiment. This pulled the first two movements apart into an episodic hodge-podge. The Scherzo also suffered a stop-and-go fate, blunting it's momentum. The Adagietto was hardly a "hasty email" on Saturday, but stupidly turgid to the point of total momentum loss. This movement should last no more than 8 minutes, and it was just interminable. Conversely, the last movement was too rushed, too exaggerated, plowing through the identical thematic material so lately fawned over in the Adagietto that reappears here at a rapid clip as if it had no relation to the previous movement at all. All of this is right off Leonard Bernstein's (of whom Alsop was a protégé) 1963 recording rather than off the pages of Mahler's 1902 score. The playing of the BSO was simply wonderful, however, especially the first horn. What a shame that such brilliant playing was squandered at the service of such antique and mannered performance practice. Alsop is no Mahlerian; her devotion lies with Lenny instead. A bad omen for Baltimore.

Washington, DC

#7 Oct 6, 2007
The review captured my own reaction to the Alsop concert.
I am not a big fan of modern music, but the Adams piece was upbeat, jazzy, and very enjoyable. Right away, it showed Alsop's command of the orchestra. The Mahler performance did provide slight disappointment in the slow movement, but was, overall, outstanding. The only other comment I would add is that the brass still drowns out the strings in some of the more hefty moments in the Mahler. This is a problem that the BSO has had for years. I don't know how they can overcome it.
Visit Baltimore

Baltimore, MD

#8 Mar 23, 2010
I'm with Visit Baltimore and we just did a video with Marin Alsop from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In the video she tells us about her love of Baltimore, and her hopes for the BSO. Check it out at

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