November 13th, 2019

critic

Hindemith, Bach/Schoenberg & Salonen


Well, if we couldn’t manage to hire Esa-Pekka Salonen, at least he’s a frequent visitor. This time with Hindemith bookending a pair of his own works, plus some Bach/Schoenberg. He did somewhat the same program (the Berg violin concerto in place of his piece) with the Philharmonia recently, so I’d heard the start and finish on Radio 3. Still good to hear it all a second time and in person. I’ve known and loved Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler for many years, but I’m pretty sure I’ve never caught it in concert.

The Salonen piece(s...two related pieces that can stand separately, or together with a common title) are zesty and evocative, definitely worth another look. But the closing Hindemith was the star. And I’m a sucker for Bach transcriptions; the Schoenberg chorale preludes were a blend of reverence and cheek, rigor and fancy.

Saw anarchy_lime there, so not much writing time on the train. Not that I usually manage a lot of depth when I have the whole trip.