Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Two debuts at the Philharmonic

Last night the New York Philharmonic presented Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 and Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1 with pianist Yuja Wang and conductor Jaap van Zweden in their subscription debuts.

The concert has been reviewed extensively and very positively. I have nothing much to add besides agreeing that both pieces were played exceptionally well, with great flourish and somewhat manic tempi. Wang's encore last night Chopin's Valse Op. 64 No. 2 in C Sharp Minor. The running notes in the second theme were absolutely breathtaking.

While I left the concert more wowed than moved, I'm looking forward to hearing more of Wang and van Zweden in the future.

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