Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Bigger means better

And who are the best to prove it than the Russians??
Yesterday I saw the Moscow State Symphony at Proctor's in Schenectady and it seemed a huge orchestra indeed with around 90 and something musicians in it. Led by Pavel Kogan they gave a wonderful performance, especially in the second half and the following encores. The program: Smetana - Vlatava (the Moldau) (nice, interesting); Schumann - Concerto for Cello in A minor (slow and boring in many ways) with Alisa Weilerstein at cello; Rachmaninoff - Symphony no.2 (feel the power). Good stuff by all means.

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