We are certainly grateful that Larry Lapidus has been willing to fill in as a symphony reviewer after the departure of the incomparable Travis Rivers from that post. However, satisfaction is not always guaranteed. To work from Lapidus’ Nov. 18 headline, his review “ends on high note after dreary start.”
Lapidus entirely missed the exquisite tensions, sorrow and strength of the contemporary work by Anna Clyne, “Night Ferry.” And it is likewise a pity that he was unable to appreciate the expressive glory of Jon Nakamatsu’s performance in Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor. But we all have our moods and fortunately, Lapidus emerged from his, recovering his critical bearings for a sound assessment of Paul Hindemith’s splendid “Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Weber.”
Because Lapidus was not available to do so, I will say in his stead that I was absolutely dazzled by Eckart Preu’s courageous programming and the musicians’ performances.