Quickie: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Strathmore, April 15, 2010
As always, when repeats of a concert are imminent and bedtime does not allow me to post a full review the same evening, I am providing a foretaste of the review to come for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s concert under guest conductor Juanjo Mena on Thursday (i.e., today, as this will be posted). It was great! More specifically, the BSO played extremely well for Mena, whose ear for color and feel for the dramatic aspects of musical structure helped him find common threads in a mixed program of lesser-heard works: Resphigi’s third suite of Ancient Airs and Dances, Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de estiô for violin, and Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony. Throw in the bonus of BSO concertmaster Jonathan Carney having a great time playing solo in the Rodrigo, and you’ve got yourself a concert well worthy of attendance, at the Meyerhoff on Saturday or Sunday.
But you should still come back and read the full review, as it will have witticisms and stuff.