Concert review, Maurice Steger, Howard Griffiths / Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt @ Kursaal Bern, 2018-03-18 — Mozart: Bassoon Concerto in B♭ major, K.191 (for recorder); Heberle: Recorder Concerto in G major; Beethoven: Symphony No.4 in B♭ major, op.60 — plus: two exciting encores!
Concert review, Daniele Gatti / Mahler Chamber Orchestra @ KKL, Lucerne, 2018-01-23 — Schumann: Overture to “Genoveva”, op.81; Beethoven: Symphony No.4 in B♭ major, op.60; Schumann: Symphony No.3 in E♭ major, op.97, “Rhenish”
… it was fascinating to observe how the violin remained audible, kept a clear presence even through minimal, light movements of the bow (…)
In the subsequent Larghetto, the soloist enchanted the audience with the most intimate, whispering tones, played almost sul ponticello, with minute, discreet movements of the bow, merely a hint, but always present, down to the softest ppp and below — one could almost sense the audience holding breath, totally captured by this playing.
Beethoven: Symphony No.4 in B♭ major, op.60 — comparing recordings with the following artists: Bernstein/New York Philharmonic (1962), Bernstein/Vienna Philharmonic (1978), Böhm (1972), Dausgaard (2000), Furtwängler/Vienna Philharmonic (1953), Hogwood (1986), Klemperer (1957), Norrington/RSO Stuttgart (2002), Toscanini (1951), Walter/New York Philharmonic (1952), Walter/Columbia Symphony Orchestra (1961), Zinman (1998)