Vladimir Ashkenazy Conducts San Francisco Symphony in Beethoven Piano Concerto
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I am by no means a classical music scholar -- but I am an enthusiast. And whereas the last concert I went to, with Argerich playing Ravel and MTT conducting, was an out-and-out revelation, allowing me to hear things I'd never heard in the Ravel piece before -- last night was pretty thoroughly lackluster. I didn't much care for the Gerber piece, which is no big deal, as I enjoy hearing new pieces, and giving contemporary music a chance -- but the Beethoven concerto, which is something I know and love, well, I've never heard it played so flabbily, with such a lack of purpose and crispness. Instead of hearing an old favorite afresh, it was as if I was hearing it through a fog, hazily and lazily spat out.
<p>Artists:</p> <p>Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor</p> <p>Yevgeny Sudbin, piano</p> <p>John Relyea, bass-baritone</p> <p>San Francisco Symphony Chorus</p> <p> </p> <p>Program:</p> <p>Steven R. Gerber: Music in Dark Times</p> <p>Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 </p> <p>Walton: Belshazzar's Feast</p> <p>Be the first to hear the world premiere of Gerber's Music in Dark Times, an orchestral masterpiece dedicated to Vladimir Ashkenazy. Experience the emotion of Walton's popular English oratorio, Belshazzar's Feast. This dazzling work, featuring a large orchestra, eight-part choir, and soloist John Relyea, is a re-telling of the Israelites' escape from exile in Babylon.</p> <p>Free Inside Music talk by Alexandra Amati-Camperi one hour prior to the concert.</p>
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