&ldquoAs Alsop faced the cellos and drew from them the most tremendously shaped phrases with every inflection of her baton, you were aware of being in the presence of greatness.&rdquo
Musicomh.com
17th January 2016

BSO principal oboist Katherine Needleman soars through Rouse concerto

For a dozen years, Katherine Needleman has delivered superb music-making as principal oboist if the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. This week, she topped her own remarkable high standards with a supple, sensual, soaring account of the 2004 Oboe Concerto by eminent, Baltimore-born composer Christopher Rouse…

Brahms’ “Academic festival Overture” started things off in snappy fashion. At the close came a likewise propulsive performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”).

Alsop brought out subtle nuances amid of the first movement’s bold sweep (some of that boldness needed even more punch). And she paced the funeral march with care, building the grand crescendo impressively…

TIM SMITH, THE BALTIMORE SUN

16 January 2016