Cathedral of Sound

The Millbrook Independent

“The Orchestra Now concert at Sosnoff Theater was well-rehearsed in their opening concert for this season with Leon Botstein at the helm. They began with Aaron Copland’s witty and delightful Clarinet Concerto wonderfully performed by Viktor Toth on clarinet. Toth brought out a golden high tone with fast fingering.

Anton Bruckner’s long Fifth Symphony, an hour longer than the Copland, comprised the second half of the concert. Commentators have called this Bruckner’s great organ piece and the brass loves this piece as they have the opportunity of nearly drowning out the strings, reducing them at times to supporting background. And that horn section did let loose. In the last fugal movement Bruckner competes with the ghost of Bach and the orchestration is a vaulting pyramid of sound. Many have compared the work to an enormous cathedral. The last movement supplies a crowning spire that does something special to the neurons in the brain. This remains one of the great musical highs and I’m happy to report that the orchestra appeared to even excel Botstein’s highest hopes.” – Kevin T. McEneaney

Photo by Matt Dine