- Copland, Orchestral Variations. Even in MTT's own expanded version of Copland's orchestration of his seminal Piano Variations, its origins show. A great work for piano, it doesn't work so well as an orchestral piece.
- Harrison, Concerto for Organ with Percussion Orchestra. Amiable, entertaining, fun, well-performed, and not his best.
- Ives/Brant, A Concord Symphony. Wow. Staggering; a brilliantly done orchestration of a gigantic, thorny, wonderful piece. Such a great orchestration that you cannot tell it started as a piano piece.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
American Mavericks I
Last night's performance of the first American Mavericks orchestral program can be summed up briefly and easily: