Reprinted from yesterday's late edition.
Erich Leinsdorf's conducting is not new to Washington. But Tuesday night was his first concert in [WORD ILLEGIBLE] of the National Symphony Orchestra. It was an experience the orchestra and audience would like to repeat as soon as possible.
What a pro! What a great man at the art of taking music as familiar as the usual "Meistersinger" excerpts, the great G Minor Symphony by Mozart, and the Second Symphony of Brahms and giving them the fullest measure of beauty. This Leinsdorf did through immaculate care for the composers' directions, coupled with a keen ear for subtle balances and a vital feeling for rhythmic nuances.
The orchestra's response was unmistakable: easy, polished ton throughout every section, the horn choir in grand shape for Wagner and Brahms with special credit to Fred Begun's perfectly placed timpani rolls in the Wagner. And Leinsdorf produced vibrant style in the Mozart, all of whose symphonies he has recorded. A measure of the musicians' enjoyment and admiration of the conductor appeared after Mozart when, refusing his invitation to stand and join him for the applause, they remained seated and added their enthusiasm to that of the audience.
When the Brahms, with its tumultuous finale, was over, there was a prolonged ovation. You ought to hear the repeat of this program tonight.