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Which Philharmonic Offerings Made The New York Times, New York Magazine, NPR Best of 2014 Lists?

NY Philharmonic What's New

Some critics' Top Classical Music Events of 2014 roundups are in! We are honored that shout-outs went to: 

Sweeney Todd, from March (New York Magazine)

Marino Formenti’s Liszt recital as part of the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, from June (New York Magazine and The New York Times, with Chief Music Critic Anthony Tommasini of the latter applauding “Alan Gilbert’s vision” and calling the biennial “a tremendous accomplishment.” But really, kudos go to our friends and partners at Great Performers at Lincoln Center for spearheading that intimate evening.

Modern Times from September (The New York Times) 

We made the Times’s other lists as well, including — no joke — the Funniest, from April: “Back-row players of the New York Philharmonic also took the spotlight … when the trombonist Joseph Alessi … and the bassist David J. Grossman joined the Japanese jazz pianist Makoto Ozone for an encore. … In Alan Gilbert, the Philharmonic has a conductor who knows how important it is to let musicians play, in both senses of the word.”

And another offers a nice holiday gift idea! NPR Music’s Deceptive Cadence picked the CD of Nielsen’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4, released in September, as one of the Best Classical Albums of 2014.

NPR, The New York Times Profile Dicterow, Orchestra's Peacemaker

NPR Glenn Dicterow NY Philharmonic 

All the media coverage on the retirement of Glenn Dicterow as our Concertmaster is giving us a look not only at the man, but an unusually candid peek into the job he’s held, magnificently, for 34 years.

Yesterday's All Things Considered story in particular focused on the chair's role as diplomat and politician.

A big part of his job, he said, has been to "make peace," Dicterow revealed, adding: "Everyone needs to get along to make gorgeous music. That's the bottom line."

That was hard during the Orchestra's "cantankerous" years when he started, he said, recalling some "pushing and shoving matches." Now, with a more diverse roster that's more than half women, it's easier, he added.

In his own rich article in today's New York Times, Michael Cooper drew yet more colorful memories and insights from and about Glenn, including about being a diplomat between guest conductors and the Orchestra:

Mr. Dicterow recalled a rehearsal for an oratorio that took nearly an hour to get through the opening bars, as the conductor tried to coax more of a period sound out of the orchestra, which is better known for sounding brash than Baroque. “You just have to try to save it,” he said. “I think that’s what a great concertmaster needs to do. He needs to mediate, to be a secretary of state.”

Good stuff. Follow the links above to hear/read more.

Learn about New York Philharmonic Presents: The Glenn Dicterow Collection