What’s on my desk today (and my iPad)?
The new season is well underway. At New England Conservatory we began with Esa-Pekka Salonen's brilliant L.A.
Variations and then premiered the revised version of Leon Kirchner's Music for Flute and Orchestra.
The latter was written for Paula Robison who played the premiere more than thirty years ago.
Kirchner revised it before he died in 2009 but left a complicated and ambiguous trail of hand-corrected manuscripts.
Thanks to the advocacy of Paula Robison and the hard work of David Flachs and others at G. Schirmer,
this beautiful piece is having a second life. After a return engagement with the Orchestre National de Belgique
last month, I am heading to Canada for my first concerts with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec,
before returning to Amsterdam for concerts with the Netherlands Philharmonic in the Concertgebouw.
"Mr. Wolff and his young charges closed the concert with a bang-up performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 6. The Presto finale, with the young players reveling in the thrill of collective virtuosity, was sheer joy." – The New York Times
"Wolff's Shostakovich 10 was powerful, three-dimensional and devastating, and the Atlanta Symphony blossomed by his approach. Much of the opening movement builds to an unbearable tension. Wolff paced it tautly and meaningfully, with understated authority. When the music finally crossed that emotional threshold and plummeted into some dark netherworld of a broken psyche, Wolff did not, would not, relent... Credit Wolff with delivering the crucial essence of a harrowing masterpiece of the 20th century."
"Conductor Hugh Wolff presided over one of the Utah Symphony’s most high-spirited programs of the season on Friday. From Beethoven’s ever-popular “Leonore” Overture No. 3 to Saint-Saëns’ playful Cello Concerto No. 1 to Charles Ives’ invigorating Symphony No. 2, the concert was a sheer delight."
"The evening's strength was the conductor, Hugh Wolff, an urbane host who without undue Sturm und Drang made Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony, the composer's third, an absolute delight."
Click here to read the full review from the Washington Post.