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David Patrick Stearns

David Patrick Stearns is a classical music critic and columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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The concert was benignly titled "Russia Revisited" - in what turned out to be gracious window dressing for a Dolce Suono Ensemble concert that stopped at nothing to find the depths of the Slavic psyche.
During the Philadelphia Orchestra 2013 tour of China, associate conductor Cristian Macelaru was asked to take over a rehearsal, and from almost the first notes, the sound palpably changed into something more robust and dark hued. In Friday's Verizon Hall concert, that sound was even more pronounced when Macelaru filled in for canceled guest conductor Pablo Heras-Casado.

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