Sometimes it takes a while for a masterwork of the symphonic repertoire to be recognized. An example of just such a work was featured recently by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra when music director JoAnn Falletta led outstanding performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 that were unfortunately diminished only in the work’s final movement by a subpar performance by the guest soprano, who was suffering from bronchitis. Audiences today are mystified when reading about the initial negative critical reception of this symphony, which has since become the composer’s most beloved and frequently performed work.
BPO audiences will have no less than three opportunities this weekend to reconsider the merits of another masterpiece, Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Violin Concerto, a work that suffered from similar critical misunderstanding after its premiere, with BPO concertmaster Michael Ludwig as the featured soloist on Friday at 10:30am, Saturday at 8pm, and a Sunday at 2:30pm. Read More.