Jeremy Denk and the San Francisco Symphony: Mozart on Hallucinogens
In a programme of Beethoven, Copland, and Steven Mackey, perhaps the most amazing subversion here was that by far the most interesting performance came in a Mozart piano concerto. Not that MTT or the SFS had much to do with it. For Denk’s was pianism of such invention, so far removed from any preconceptions of how Mozart ought to sound, that it seemed like MTT had no real idea how to keep up. The orchestra played as if stunned, and so they ought: in the way Denk mocked grandeur without losing sight of the humanity at Mozart’s core, this was like walking into the Met to find a floor covered in whoopee cushions.