Quickie: National Symphony Orchestra, March 10, 2011

It appears I am not going to be able to write a full review of the National Symphony Orchestra’s concert of Olivier Messiaen’s Turangalila-Symphonie until tomorrow. But in the meantime, I urge you to go see the repeats of the program tonight or tomorrow. It is seriously unlike anything else you will hear at an orchestral concert in the DMV this year—a sprawling, purposeful work that embraces multitudes of musicians, sonorities, harmonies, and approaches, addresses the big looming topics that define our existence, and is a complete blast to listen to. The intensity Christoph Eschenbach and the NSO brought to the performance met the demands of the work. It’s a major achievement for the NSO to put it on this well, and you won’t get to hear it again for a long time if you miss it now.

As noted, more fully developed thoughts coming Saturday. (Or, at least, more thoughts, at greater length.)

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