BSO trots out war horses by Tchaikovsky, Bartok
Another week, another impressive effort by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
If anyone has somehow not noticed how tight the ensemble’s technique has become, Friday night’s performance of Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, conducted by music director Marin Alsop, would surely have woken up the ears.
With Alsop providing calm command, attentive to dynamic shading and rhythmic pulse, the orchestra revealed an expressive vitality that gave even the score’s slowest passages an extra tingle.
One especially notable thing Alsop has done over the years is hone the BSO’s pianissimo playing. That paid off in the many soft, darkly atmospheric moments of the Concerto for Orchestra.