‘Opening Night’ at the Philharmonic
“Opening Night” at the New York Philharmonic is a gala affair, although it’s rarely the actual opening night of the season. The gala isn’t as gaudy as the one that takes place across the plaza at the Metropolitan Opera, but it’s an auspicious occasion nonetheless, filmed for broadcast on public television and usually featuring a soloist with the appropriate star wattage. This year, Alan Gilbert assembled a programme with a Spanish inflection to its language and with Yo-Yo Ma at its core. Ma reprised Osvaldo Golijov’s Azul and premièred a suite of new arrangements of Astor Piazzolla’s La serie del Ángel. Two of Maurice Ravel’s Iberian works bookended the evening, which naturally entailed yet another hearing of the Boléro (which, incidentally, also makes it onto the programme for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s gala opening of the Carnegie Hall season next week).
Read the rest of my review at Bachtrack here.