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Eschenbach, Saks, et alia: reviews and addenda

Say what you will about the NSO and Christoph Eschenbach: they sound like they’re having fun. My review of Thursday’s concert.


Gidon Saks. Photograph by Johan Persson (Photographer: Johan Persson)

In that review, I unconscionably neglected to mention the performance of Martin Hackleman, principal horn of the NSO, who joined Saks for the “Giulio Cesare aria,” playing sweetly if a little unevenly.

This past week, Robert Battey reviewed the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s account of Beethoven’s Ninth, Joan Reinthaler covered the Philips Camerata, and Charles T. Downey heard WNO’s young artists in American opera excerpts at the Renwick.

Above: To illustrate what I mean about theatricality: Gidon Saks in a clip from the 2007 “Tosca” in Bregenz.(Yes, the one featured in the James Bond movie.)

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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