Friday, February 25, 2011

Good Thinking

Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, February 22, 2011
Lobero Theater, Santa Barbara, California

A delight! A three-pound assortment (to use See's-speak) from roughly the same period of time: the night-blooming orchestrations of Faure and Ravel, the more ascetic and less-than melodic styles of Stravinsky and Schoenberg, and the rambunctious showiness of Milhaud.

The Schoenberg piece was so brief that the conductor immediately reprised it because, as he explained from the stage before cranking up the musicians again, he didn't think the audience "got" it the first time. I like that kind of thinking!

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