Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Unusual Fervor

Alex Ross gave the ASO a nice write-up in the New Yorker:
Thinking about the performance afterward, I understood more deeply that building a major orchestra isn’t a matter simply of gathering the best players from the leading conservatories and paying a celebrity maestro millions to lead them. Great performances can happen anytime skilled players respond with unusual fervor to a conductor whose vision is secure. That’s what happened in Alabama, when an underpaid but committed orchestra put together as potent a performance of Beethoven’s revolutionary symphony as I’ve heard in several seasons.


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