May 31st, 2019

critic

Brahms, Mozart, Corigliano


I keep riding most of the way home with anarchy_lime and not getting much written.

This week JvZ offers Brahms (verdantly tragic) and Mozart (lackluster) to go with Corigliano’s Symphony No. 1, which I’ve heard on disc but not in person. It definitely makes a greater impression in the room; the loudness has a physical aspect that doesn’t come across on a recording. It’s a massive achievement just to traffic-direct it, and JvZ stepped up ably to take it beyond that. It’s a work of wide contrasts, a tragic symphony, one that even without a way forward doesn’t lose sight of grace. Perhaps only glimmers of hope, but it has a balance between big picture and small, both viewed through an intensely personal lens.