For Benjamin Zander and his musicians – as for all of us – it was a strange, even desperate, several months.
Conductor Benjamin Zander and his band were at their collective best performing Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 6.
In the six years I’ve now been reviewing for the Fuse, I can honestly say that the 2016-17 season looks to be one of the liveliest in recent memory.
The upcoming season is a remarkably robust one in terms of the variety of offerings and the quality (and number) of participating ensembles.
It looks to be as rich, intense, and, hopefully, rewarding a season as we’ve seen in recent memory.
So, even though certain pieces by Mendelssohn and Beethoven seem to be turning up with greater frequency than perhaps may be healthy, there is still much to admire and look forward to in the upcoming orchestral season.
Where does such musical maturity and – let’s face it – genius come from? Pianist George Li’s phrasing, the beauty of his sound, his perfect pedaling and expressive rhythm – all were in play.
By Caldwell Titcomb Conductor Benjamin Zander celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Boston Philharmonic and his 70th birthday. The two greatest post-Brahms symphonists – Gustav Mahler and Jean Sibelius – were markedly unalike. In 1907 their paths happened to cross in Helsinki, and they had several conversations. When the talk turned to the essence of […]