W. A. Mozart, Symphonies nos. 36 & 38, Mackerras / Prague ChO
It was all well played, except woodwinds, which were uninteresting and shy. I guess they may not have even been audible at the back of the house. The orchestra didn’t impress with light-footed playing, although that wasn’t all that necessary since the musicians had been set on a good course, followed it with some aplomb and vigor, and produced a mostly faultless performance that was enjoyable, more coherent than the recent Linz (despite full strings), and a bit boring.
J. Schwantner, Orchestral Works, Litton / DSO
This afternoon (Friday, February 24, 2 to 4 pm), composer Joseph Schwantner will speak at the Catholic University of America School of Music (Ward Hall, Room 127), as part of the Music Visiting Composers Series, followed by a master class with composition students. For more information, contact Andrew Simpson, associate professor, at 202-319-5564 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
P. Hindemith, Orchestral Works
Daniel Ginsberg, Years Have Been Kind to Former Prodigy (Washington Post, February 24)
P. I. Tchaikovsky, "Music that stinks to the Ears"