Wednesday, February 6, 2013

concert review: San Francisco Symphony

I like choral concert works, I really do. Many of them, at least. (Opera is quite another matter.) But I rarely listen to them. Consequently both of the works on Charles Dutoit's week 2 program were new to me.

I loved Francis Poulenc's Stabat Mater. Luminously gorgeous, every phrase and harmony exquisite.

On the other hand, Hector Berlioz' Te Deum was Te-Dious. Too much of it was simply being As Loud As Possible. And even those parts that weren't had no creative beauty.

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