&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
20th January 2018

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.

TIM SMITH, THE BALTIMORE SUN

19 JANUARY, 2018