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Friday, May 22, 2009

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Poster for Previn's Brief Encounter premiere on May 1.

Featured Reviews: Summer 2009

Avner Dorman
Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!
"There was a sense of living on the edge in the outer movements of the concerto, played with impressive energy by the virtuosic PercaDu musicians....In the rhythmically exuberant finale, “Toxins,” PercaDu’s drumming alternated with colorful orchestral outbursts. An enigmatic interlude with piano and marimba both played in the upper register preceded the jazz-hued conclusion. At times the entire orchestra played second fiddle, overshadowed by the fiery percussion. "
The New York Times, 3/19/09

Peter Lieberson
The World in Flower
"The Philharmonic gave the belated premiere of this serene, sincere and sometimes perplexing piece on Thursday night at Avery Fisher Hall in a radiant performance conducted by Alan Gilbert. The mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and the baritone Russell Braun were the excellent soloists"
The New York Times, 5/8/09

André Previn
Brief Encounter
"Previn’s orchestral writing is as crucial as the vocal lines to the musical texture that expresses the characters. Conductor Patrick Summers’ taste and expertise ensure that the score is beautifully and subtly realized....Brief Encounter could scarcely be more auspiciously launched than in this handsome production. As director, Caird gives it cinematic fluidity and carefully controlled atmosphere. Designer Bunny Christie enhances the autumnal mood with sets and costumes stressing muted earth tones. She makes striking visuals of leafless trees in the misty distance...Feel free to fall madly in love with Brief Encounter — but be prepared to shed some wistful tears in the process. ", 5/4/09

" His great talent as a composer is to catch you unawares. In “Brief Encounter,” he hooks you with a melody, turns it on its side and moves on, measure after measure feeling like a brief but significant encounter. The opera will last."
LA Times, 5/3/09

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