Review: Beethoven's Fourth, CBSO at Symphony Hall



What the opening of this performance of Beethoven's fourth symphony lacked was, well take your pick: mystery, menace, magic.
The hushed harmonically slow-moving adagio bars should suggest inky darkness and threatening midnight shadows – this was more a dull overcast early evening.
Once conductor Richard Farnes unleashed the fortissimo chords that send the movement roaring on its way there was a vast improvement. Basses ground away gruffly, the upper strings soared and suddenly the music began to resemble the composer Robert Simpson's description of its “compact supple movement” and... read more

 
29 September 2016 in Regional West, Views: 44
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