Charles T. Downey attended the NSO concert last night and found much to like in the playing of Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg under Christoph Eschenbach: Christoph Eschenbach and National Symphony put special spin on familiar works.
Downey was effectively on the Post’s piano beat this week. He was not wildly impressed by Konstantin Soukhovetski’s recital on Sunday; and even less pleased by Kathleen Supove’s “Exploding Piano” offering at the Atlas on Tuesday night.
Web extra: addendum to the NSO review. Downey writes:
At one point in the emotionally charged third movement of Bruckner’s ninth symphony last night, the orchestra’s principal oboist, Nicholas Stovall, stood up and hurriedly walked off stage. Other listeners may have reacted with the same surprise as I did, having no memory of an off-stage oboe part in Bruckner’s ninth symphony (a suspicion borne out by a subsequent look at the score). This morning Patricia O’Kelly, the Managing Director of Media Relations for the NSO, was able to confirm that Stovall “was overtaken by stomach flu” mid-movement and had to leave. The other members of the oboe section scrambled to cover the part. Anecdotal evidence indicates that a fast-moving stomach virus has been going around the city this week, including in my own home. I was a little worried that, if the virus got me next, I would be the one having to leave mid-concert. No decision has been made yet about the oboe section for tonight’s performance.