May 10, 2016
The New York Philharmonic Praises Beethoven and Sibelius at Copley Symphony Hall
“The visit of Music Director Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic to Copley Symphony Hall Wednesday (May 4) made a compelling case both for the music of Jean Sibelius and for the artistic level of the orchestra under Gilbert’s leadership. Slated to leave the Philharmonic next year, the 49-year-old maestro has led this mercurial ensemble since 2009.
From this performance it is clear that Gilbert’s well-disciplined crew responds with alacrity to his athletic direction with polished, evenly balanced ensembles throughout the orchestra. Some sections sound extraordinarily well—the opulent horns, the deeply resonant low brass, and the highly refined woodwinds. Gilbert’s string sections display a leaner sonority than, say, the more vibrant Chicago Symphony strings or the resonant Los Angeles Philharmonic strings. But they execute the maestro’s bidding with enviable precision.”