Sebastian Fagerlund: Höstsonaten
Anne Sofie von Otter
Finnish National Opera Choir and Orchestra
dir. John Storgårds
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John Storgårds will travel to Washington next week to conduct three concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center. He will be joined by Emanuel Ax, renowned for his poetic performances, who will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17. The program will further feature Silvestrov’s “The Messenger” and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.
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26. September 2018, Großes Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria
It is the extraordinary finale with its incandescent climaxes that was the most thrilling aspect of tonight's performance, and while Storgårds’s interpretation at times bordered on excess, there was no doubting his heartfelt passion and commitment that carried the sweep of music on to its ineluctable end. There was so much to admire here: the ghostly, shimmering opening, the coquettish violin solo, the deep tuba theme and the consistently noble, fulsome sound from the RTÉ NSO. Time after time as the waves of climax succeeded one another, Storgårds whipped the RTÉ NSO into a priapic frenzy resulting in a thrilling rendition of Mahler 6.
Andrew Larkin, bachtrack, 21 May 2018 RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra