The Philharmonic Festival showcasing Yefim Bronfman playing Beethoven continued with Piano Concerto #5 and the Triple Concerto with Principal Cellist Carter Brey and Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow. Not only was this the final subscription concert of the year, but the last concert appearance of Glenn Dicterow and other retiring Philharmonic musicians including principal trumpet, Philip Smith.
Unfortunately, I was not able to get to any of the previous three shows this year in the Broadway by the Year series. In the past, the focus of each show has been on the music of a single year. This year, however, Scott Siegel (the shows host) promised 100 years of Broadway with 100 different songs and performers. This final show took listeners from the early 90s to the current day. While I enjoyed the show overall, I thought the music selection was a little on the loud, belty side. Also, many of the pairings of performer and song were not the best. Quite a few of the songs pushed the limited of the performers and it showed.
This final show of 2014 featured several original performers:
To conclude the Philharmonic season, music director Alan Gilbert has programmed all 5 Beethoven Piano Concertos played by soloist Yefim Bronfman over a period of three weeks. This evening we heard Concertos #1and #4. Between the two, the Philharmonic presented a commission premier, Lyra by Anthony Cheung. I’m looking forward to next weekend when we hear Piano Concertos #2 and #3. The final week of the festival will showcase Piano Concerto #5 and the Beethoven Triple Concerto.
New York Times review of the Beethoven Piano Concertos #1 and #4 performed by Yefim Bronfman and the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert, Music Director.
I traveled to Glenside, PA on this Friday to see the Tesla Quartet. This is a fine quartet under the capable leadership of violinist Ross Snyder. I enjoyed the program for the evening, particularly watching the cellist, Serafim Smigelskiy. I am looking forward to any future performances in the area.