I used mostly my ears

a blog about music by Marc Haegeman

Philippe Jordan and the Vienna Symphony on homeground

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Anton Webern: Idylle for Large Orchesta “Im Sommerwind”
Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky: Symphony #6 in B minor “Pathétique”, Op. 74

Rudolf Buchbinder, piano
Vienna Symphony Orchestra/Philippe Jordan
Musikverein, Vienna, Austria, 15 December 2013

Venues undoubtedly play a role in the success of a concert (and what can top the magnificent Grand Hall of the Vienna Musikverein with its fabulous acoustics?), but so do conductors. A few seasons ago I caught the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in a concert in Cologne, where the overall impression was one of deadening indifference. Now, performing in the Austrian capital at the Musikverein under their soon-to-be chief conductor Philippe Jordan, this was like a totally different ensemble, boasting plenty of character and great potential indeed.
Read the full review on Classical Net

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