Sebastian Fagerlund: Höstsonaten
Anne Sofie von Otter
Finnish National Opera Choir and Orchestra
dir. John Storgårds
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In celebration of “The Planets” centennial, John Storgårds will perform Holst’s piece with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a premiere for the orchestra. Further the programme will include Storgårds’ fellow-countryman’s Väinö Raitio’s “Moonlight on Jupiter” as well as Mozart’s Horn Concerto, performed by the orchestra’s principal William Caballero. The concerts will take place at Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh on 2, 3 and 4 November.
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17. November 2018, Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit, USA
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
The Finnish conductor somehow topped this fine first half with an outstanding rendition of the overfamiliar Fifth Symphony of Tchaikovsky. He approached the piece with a confident hand, transferring that confidence to the bleak opening in the clarinet, supported by darkened low strings, and using clear articulation to differentiate motifs from one another. [...] If you are not a believer in Tchaikovsky, this performance could make you one.
Charles T. Downey, Washington Classical Review, 4 October 2018 National Symphony Orchestra Washington