Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra Plays Beethoven's Fifth, with Conductor Lorin Maazel
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Featured review from Kermit Sveen
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I rate the musicality of the event at the highest level. Beautiful music with interesting instruments I've never heard before, all part of the "Arabesque" fest at the Kennedy; and conducted expertly by Maazel. And being in the Kennedy is always a treat. There were a couple of glitches, both unexplained: The restless audience, and the orchestra, waited for maybe 10 minutes after tuning up, for the conductor to appear on the stage with the solo ensemble. In the second half, after Beethoven's 5th, I was anxious to hear more of the scheduled Arabian composer's (Kalife) music. However, Maazel "announced" that if "you're not going to applaud, we're not going to play an encore", then launched into a spirited Rimsky Korsakov (I think); never any explanation of what happened to the final scheduled piece. Rumblings thru the audience indicated some problem with the composer, who had been in the audience and came on stage at the end of the first half.
Based in Doha, Qatar, the newly formed Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, Marcel Khalifé, music director and resident composer, makes its international debut. Maestro Lorin Maazel, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, conducts the Arab and western musicians of the orchestra in a program that includes Beethoven's powerful and ageless Symphony No. 5 and two new works by Khalifé: Arabian Concerto and Salute.
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