SD Jewish World
May 14, 2016
NYPhil concert in S.D. features Beethoven, Sibelius
“SAN DIEGO — The New York Philharmonic, the legendary orchestra whose history includes maestros such as Demitri Metropolis, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, Kurt Mazur and Lorin Maazel, presented a thrilling concert at the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Center under the direction of its current conductor, Alan Gilbert. Gilbert is the son of NYPhil violinist, Yoko Takebe, and former NYPhil violinist, Michael Gilbert. An accomplished violinist in his own right, Alan Gilbert is the first native New Yorker to hold the post of music director of the 174-year-old ensemble, the oldest symphony orchestra in the nation.
Under Gilbert’s direction, the NYPhil exuded youthful energy. Gilbert conducted without a baton. Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Symphony #7 were led from memory, so there appeared to be a strong, intimate connection between conductor and musicians as he signaled his forces. The overture received a crisp reading, with bold dynamic contrasts. The oboe entrances were pure sunshine.”