Last night was a BSO rehearsal night.
I’ve been really lax in putting in shows I’ve been to, but I’ll get them filled in at some point. I’ve got about five concerts, six books and a play or two to write about.
But last night was quite good. Guest conductor Juraj Valčuha from Slovakia really put the orchestra through its paces. I’ve never seen anyone work on little parts of the program so much. Usually, it’s more of a dress rehearsal, but he went right up to the 10:00 limit. He’s sooo young! He looks like someone who should really be out playing kickball. But he’s also very, very good.
- Violin Concerto in A minor, Opus 53
- Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Opus 56, Scottish
- Introduction and Allegro agitato
- Scherzo assai vivace
- Adagio cantabile
- Allegro guerriero and Finale maestoso
All three pieces were spectacular. The second and third pieces must be particularly difficult to play as I saw the string bows move in ways I’ve never seen before.
The guest soloist for the concerto was Frank Peter Zimmerman who we saw last year. Always good and seemed to really like this piece. It was unusual, I think, because the soloist never had a solo. There were only one or to very small phrases where the violin was playing unaccompanied, otherwise someone in the orchestra was always playing an underlying theme.
These weren’t three of my favorite composers, but I’ll have to rethink that after last night.