Beethoven, Bronfman, Cadenzas and the New York Philharmonic

As we know, neither rain, sleet, hail nor thunderstorm will keep New Yorkers from their appointed rounds of theater, concerts or art. And it was really raining Friday night, but everybody was there to hear the great Yefim Bronfman play Beethoven Piano Concertos #1 and #4. We had heard him play Rachmaninoff, Brahms and Prokofiev…

Mahler’s Third Symphony Takes the Roof off the New York Philharmonic

Under the baton of the venerable Bernard Haitink (Source: nytimes.com)¬†and in front of a full house containing–wonder of wonders–lots of younger folk, the New York Philharmonic made the hall shake. I have come to think of Avery Fisher Hall as a rather pretty place, with–after however many attempts to improve them– inadequate acoustics. Sitting in…