If you do not hear this played by your local orchestra in the next decade, write a letter or stop going. American Record Guide (USA)
May 19, 2007
American Record Guide (USA)
A complete analysis of American orchestral programming is, as we say in academic writing, "beyond the scope of this essay" but I want to posit a general theory here: these stellar works will probably not be heard on stage in the USA anytime soon. True, some orchestras are at least a little adventurous in programming these days and deserve at least a modicum of credit for trying new things. But it is a safe bet that most music directors and arts administrators, when faced with a choice between a brilliant new concerto played on a less popular instrument (e.g. recorder) and an old familiar soloist or repertoire selection will make the predictable, safe choice. That is too bad. I would maybe even purchase a subscription if I thought that my ears, brain, and heart would be chalIenged at least once in a while.
Michala Petri is clearly an excellent musician, and the Danish National Symphony is a highly disciplined, competent ensemble. If you like challenging new music that is not academic, but still brilliantIy conceived, find this. If you do not hear this played by your local orchestra in the next decade, write a letter or stop going. Better yet, spend some time in Denmark, where it seems you can love great music and have a brain at the same time! American Record Guide