Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

The New York Times this morning feels all warm and fuzzy about the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

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Charles Dutoit leading the Philadelphia Orchestra Tuesday night in Carnegie Hall. Photo: Rachel Papo for the New York Times
Charles Dutoit leading the Philadelphia Orchestra Tuesday night in Carnegie Hall. Photo: Rachel Papo for the New York Times

The New York Times this morning feels all warm and fuzzy about the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Predictably, the review of the ensemble's appearance at Carnegie Hall opens with the news, much repeated in the Times in the past few weeks, that the orchestra has been in financial and managerial disarray.

And then:

"But when Mr. Dutoit and his players performed at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday evening, they made it seem as if the orchestra’s horizons were cloud free and its only concern was producing the big, rich, shapely sound for which it was famous for most of the 20th century (if less so lately)."

Still, even though this device is getting old in reviews (tough times, great music) Allan Kozinn has a fine ear for analyzing what goes on in orchestras and why, and a colorful and econmical way with words, so the review is well worth reading.

 

 

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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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