Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

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.

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

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.