After a couple of weeks without concerts and opera I am finally starting to explore the Boston music scene (again). So far, most of the non-campus events were disappointing:
1) Boston Symphony Orchestra under James Levine played Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto (with Christian Tetzlaff) and Mahler’s 9th Symphony. This concert was a let-down: the orchestra (and the soloist) had major intonation problems in the Violin Concerto and in addition to that they were not playing together most of the times. This can happen, of course, but what should not happen is what happened in the Mahler where the brass section was constantly too loud! What did the trumpet player think when he totally overblew his instrument at an obnoxious volume? And what is more: shouldn’t Levine have changed this imbalance? Or was that his interpretation of the work?
2) Boston Musica Viva honoring Elliott Carter presented a program with pieces that were dedicated to Carter. An interesting idea, but it really didn’t take off that well. The pieces on the program seemed too diverse for me and it was difficult to relate them to Carter’s music. I’m looking forward to BMV’s “Hands Across the Seas” program in May, though, that will feature music by Chen Yi, William Kraft, and Osvaldo Golijov (who seems to be a some kind of a new music star over here).