The performance’s excellent musicianship and many amusing moments were at the service of a relevant evening of commentary on the lighter side of the current news cycle.
This invigorating, sometimes unpredictable, Beethoven-heavy program certainly offered its share of athleticism and energy.
“We thought, why don’t we hark back to earlier occasions which were equal parts socializing and entertainment?”
“Playing these standard pieces on period instruments is a little bit like reading a novel or poem in its original language.”
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.
This Grand Harmonie program is a survey of both the mainstream and wildly experimental uses of early brass instruments.