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Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall


Brilliant show last night at Carnegie with Yannick Nézet-Séguin continuing to work wonders in his first season with the Philadelphia Orchestra. After kicking things off with Gabriela Frank's fascinating Concertino Cusqueno and Ravel's elegant Piano Concerto in G (with Jean-Yves Thibaudet), Yannick lowered the boom with Stravinsky's Rite of Spring—which, incredibly, is 100 years old this year.

Sitting five rows from the left edge of the stage, I had a perfect view of Yannick's joyous expressions throughout. Forget bankruptcy, this orchestra is taking off like a rocket. And, if you don't believe me, pick up their soon-to-be released recording of Rite—on Deutsche Grammophon, no less—and hear them for yourselves.

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