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N.Y. Times: Alan Gilbert’s Beethoven ‘Ideally Paced and Energetic’

alan gilbert and lisa batiashvili 

Reviewing the January 9 concert for The New York Times, critic Vivien Schweitzer praised the "lively rendition" of Beethoven's Fidelio Overture that opened the program, which was conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert. After intermission, the same composer's Symphony No. 1 received an "ideally paced and energetic" performance by Gilbert and the Orchestra.

Of Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1, with soloist Lisa Batiashvili, Schweitzer wrote:

Both soloist and orchestra aptly conveyed the introspective, somber mood of the opening Nocturne, the mournful declarations of the violin unfolding with glowing sound. Ms. Batiashvili played with panache in the sardonic Scherzo and virtuoso flair in the demonic Burlesque.

Gershwin's An American in Paris closed the evening. "The Philharmonic offered a vivid interpretation, playing with dynamic swing and conveying the exuberance of the street scenes and the nostalgia of the visitor yearning for home," Schweitzer wrote.

What's Markus Rhoten Looking Forward To?

Markus Rhoten 

In September, Markus Rhoten, Principal Timpani, The Carlos Moseley Chair, was featured in Playbill's Q&A feature. Here was one exchange:

What are you especially looking forward to this season?

Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11, The Year 1905. It’s an amazing, dramatic, powerful piece and the timpani part is like a concerto.

Feel the drama October 17–19, when Semyon Bychkov conducts the symphony, which vividly depicts the tragic events of the Russian Revolution of 1905, on a program with Rachmaninoff's Variations on a Theme of Paganini.

Birthday Case

Case Scaglione

Join us in wishing a very happy birthday to NY Phil Assistant Conductor Case Scaglione. He’s had a big year, stepping in to lead the first work on a program for a conductor who was stuck in traffic; taking the podium to lead music by Stravinsky and Shostakovich; and leading Young People’s Concerts and School Day Concerts. And that was just at the Philharmonic! He has spent his summer away from Avery Fisher Hall leading orchestras from Baltimore to Shanghai. Get to know the Texas native, and check out his upcoming schedule.

Photo: Chris Lee

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