Archive for October 3rd, 2008

by Sam Juliano

     The New York Philharmonic and conductor Lorin Maazel performed a rare encore at the conclusion of a mid-week concert that included a beloved work by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and the fifth of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos.  The five-minute “replay” of multiple variations that comprise the closing of the last movement of the “Suite No. 3 in G major, Op 55) written in 1884 by the adored Russian composer, was apparently granted as a result of repeated standing ovations, by an unusually ebullient Maazel.  In actuality, due to its brevity, breath and popularity, Tchaikovsky himself set the concert tradition in the 1880’s of having this Andante con moto movement performed as a separate piece.  There’s no question that the near-sellout audience in Avery Fisher Hall appreciated the full orchestra’s complicity in bringing this staple of the concert hall, a work of evocative orchestration and gorgeous melodies, to incomparable excellence.  Excluding his six symphonies, the “Suite 3” ranks with the “Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat,” the violin concerto and the “Romeo and Juliet Overture” among Tchaikovsky’s most popular works.  The piece was inevitably played after intermission, allowing for the most fervent audience reaction as the final work performed. (more…)

Read Full Post »