Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Levine's Return

James Levine returned to the BSO this past week with a martial reading of Beethoven's 9th. It was trimmed down to the muscle with little sporting of Viennese schmaltz. Like the conductor himself who looked more diminutive after his shoulder injury. He's a tonic for the BSO, but he never achieves a certain supernal, ineffible reading. A friend has said "he's as good as we can get." That may be true. Personally, I expect great things from Christian Thielemann.

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