A True Dynamo
LAWRENCE BUDMEN listens to
French conductor Ludovic Morlot,
in concert with Jennifer Koh
and the New World Symphony
Among the plethora of astoundingly gifted young conductors from France (including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's Stéphane Denève), Ludovic Morlot is creating a buzz of excitement in guest appearances around the globe. (Count the BBC Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris, the Chicago Symphony and the orchestras of Montreal, Rotterdam, Cincinnati and Atlanta among the ensembles he leads during the 2009-2010 season.) This writer first heard Morlot, then assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, at Tanglewood in 2006 and 2007, conducting diverse programs featuring works by Berlioz, Ravel, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, George Perle and the young Dutch composer Robin De Raaf. His command of the orchestra was complete. He drew brilliant performances from the Boston players, marked by rich instrumental coloration and a sophisticated sense of style that combined elegance with impassioned fervor.
Morlot, a true dynamo of the podium, brought his brand of turbo charged energy and felicitous musicality to the New World Symphony on 5 February 2010 at the Lincoln Theater in Miami Beach, Florida, USA...
Copyright © 13 February 2010
Miami Beach, USA
Robert Spano conducts the New World Symphony in Gershwin's An American in Paris, Barber's Violin Concerto (with soloist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg) and Rachmaninov's Symphony No 3 on 20 February 2010 at the Arsht Center in Miami, Florida, USA.
On 28 February at the Lincoln Theater in Miami Beach, New World musicians play Lutoslawski's Mini-Overture for Brass Quintet, Janácek's Youth, Chopin's Piano Trio (in honor of the two hundredth anniversary of Chopin's birth) and Tchaikovsky's String Quartet No 1.
Principal Guest Conductor Alasdair Neale leads a Concerto Showcase on 12 and 13 March. Nicholas McGegan conducts A Baroque Feast on 27 and 28 March featuring Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No 1, Corelli's Concerto Grosso in D, C P E Bach's Symphony in E and Leclair's Suite from Scylia and Glaucus.
On 10 April at the Arsht Center, Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Mahler's Symphony No 5 and Copland's Piano Concerto (with soloist Jeremy Denk). On 16, 17 and 18 April at the Lincoln Theater, Tilson Thomas directs Liszt's Mephisto Waltz No 1, Dvorák's Symphony No 8 and Bartók's Piano Concerto No 2 (with soloist Yuja Wang).
The season concludes on 25, 30 April and 1 May 2010 with a festival, Reflections of Debussy. Jean Frederic Neuberger is piano soloist and Tilson Thomas conducts works by Debussy, Robin Holloway and Colin Matthews. For information, see www.nws.edu