Quite a nice pairing of Shostakovich "hits". N.S.S. was outstanding. Her performance in the first movement and third movement cadenza more emotive than that of her performance of the same piece here at Ravinia a few years ago. The firey passages in the second and fourth still impressive and lightning quick. Bravo Nadja !
Eschenbach led a very competent performance of the Fifth. He avoided controversy with a finale that was mostly straight forward. But, how can you miss with those CSO horns?
Posted on 3 Aug 2009, 1:56 AM