Link: NSO disappoints in promising program

I really, really love the Bruckner 7th and the Wesendonck Lieder, and I went to Thursday night’s NSO concert full of anticipation. I found it sluggish, and I didn’t care for the contralto soloist at all. I remember when Nathalie Stutzmann was an up-and-coming singer, and I realized last night that my memory was 25 years old. But one could overlook the vocal failings if she were bringing something artistically; I just didn’t feel she was actually making very much of what she was singing. My review is here.

Anne Midgette came to the Washington Post in 2008, when she consolidated her various cultural interests under the single title of chief classical music critic. She blogs at The Classical Beat.

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