A little more on the BSO/Robert Spano reunion
You must get tired of my excuses, but I fell behind Friday working on stuff for Sunday's paper, then writing a review of the Baltimore Symphony with guest conductor Robert Spano, then rushing off to catch a concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. What I forgot to do was post the BSO review on the blog, which I had promised to do in my quick-shot post Friday morning.
Now you know not to trust me about anything. Except my impeccable judgment and good taste, that is.
Anyway, my review, if you still care (and even if you don't), is in Saturday's paper. To reiterate, the combination of Spano and the BSO really was notable Thursday night, and I am sure Saturday's Off the Cuff concert focusing on "Scheherazade" will be well worth catching (Spano will chat about the work before leading a complete performance).
What impressed me greatly Thursday was
the conductor's affectionate phrasing, a sense that the music meant much more than notes and structure. And the players sure sounded as if they were right on the same wavelength all the way.
I also should note again how powerful Leila Josefowicz was in the Adams Violin Concerto, one of the most substantive additions to the repertoire of the past few decades. It's a fascinating work, with so many things packed into it, a journey propelled by darkly beautiful harmonies and often arresting rhythmic motion. It was great to hear such challenging -- and rewarding -- music so vividly performed.