George Rothman led the Riverside Symphony in another musical triumph of old, new and unexpected. The juxtaposition of all these works on the program created a continual element of surprise, of rediscovery, of being startled by a fresh approach to familiar works, or the raw exposure to something new.

The BUSONI Concertino for Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra (1918) was terrifically played by Riverside soloist Kay, and the string section supported his virtuosity with steely precision. The world premiere of HAYES BIGGS Symphonica Breva provided a fascinating contrast between the neo-classicism of the previous work, with the classicism of a more astringent kind.The RICHTER String Symphony, showed a glimpse of the "Mannheim" origins of a recognizably "classical style"
The second half of the program ended with a truly superb performance of MOZART's late "Linz" Symphony.
Posted on 13 Feb 2010, 5:32 AM