Verizon Hall

Philadelphia Orchestra. Wagner/Beethoven/Brahms program

The program notes that Schoenberg wanted the strings out from under the virtuosity of the piano passages of Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 1. Result is both captivating and frustrating because you yearn to hear those piano scales with all of their diamond hard clarity. But, this is a musical tryst to remember. Loved the clamorous sonic drapery of the 2nd movement.

MaestroAndrey Boreyko builds the drama with beautiful detailing, not completely evading some sloshy symphonic soup. The Intermezzo is ponderous even for Brahms.
But, what a first rate 4th movement rondo, played with such character style and thrilling tempi. The flute and string roulades that broke into a rowdy Hungarian dance.