Friday, July 11, 2008

SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE

Bram Tovey opened his second night as principal guest conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra with the "organ" Symphony of Saint-Saens. It's not the most exciting work for a bowl audience, but the performance was good. Tovey still has problems keeping the orchestra together, but he does have a nice emotional range.

He also suffers from diarrhea of the mouth; he won't stop talking. It's nice to say a few words about the piece, in this case Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, but he spend more time describing it than he did conducting it. The piece was well performed, but not as emotional as the other two performances I've seen at the Bowl over the last few years. It's definitely time to put that one to rest for a while.
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