Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5 (inter alia), Philadelphia Orchestra,
Berlioz’s youthful Overture to Le carnaval romain offered colorful opportunities for winds and was a nice primer to Lalo’s famed Cello Concerto with soloist Claudio Bohórquez, who has had a long collaboration with Eschenbach. Bohórquez played with a darkly hued tone that was rounded around the edges, somewhat reminiscent of gut strings, and remarkably even throughout his instrument’s range. The Lalo concerto is pleasingly similar to Mendelssohn, yet with an improvisatory gaiety. A wandering cello line would often be opposed by punctuated repeated motifs by the orchestra. This contrasting orchestration technique allowed Bohórquez to be heard clearly without having to force his sound, although sometimes notes on his highest string were over or under pitch.
Anne Midgette, What the National Symphony Orchestra gets out of its tour of South America (Washington Post, June 9)
---, NSO announces European tour in 2013 (Classical Beat, June 5)
Robert Battey, Christoph Eschenbach leads National Symphony, cellist Claudio Bohorquez (Washington Post, June 8)
This concert will be repeated this evening (June 9, 8 pm), in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.