RenÈe Fleming and the Met Orchestra at Carnegie Hall ó Two Reviews

The program consisted of

  • TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin
  • BERG Altenberg Lieder, Op. 4
  • WAGNER Overture and Bacchanale from Tannh‰user
  • R. STRAUSS Closing Monologue from Capriccio

Here are two reviews.
Out of the Opera House, but Not Leaving It Behind
By ALLAN KOZINN [NY Times, 9 January 2006]
A dispassionate listener might guess that an attraction of the Met Orchestra’s Carnegie Hall concerts, for the musicians, is that the programs take them out of the pit, not only physically, but musically as well. Usually, James Levine uses these programs to explore purely symphonic repertory, including challenging contemporary works, that these superb musicians might otherwise not perform. And usually they play them dazzlingly, as if they are hungry for the challenges.
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The Fleming Show
By JAY NORDLINGER [NY Sun, 9 January 2006]
Yesterday, James Levine brought his Metropolitan Opera orchestra to Carnegie Hall, with a guest soloist: the starry soprano Renee Fleming. Actually, “guest soloist” isn’t quite right: This was essentially a Renee Fleming concert. It is a mark of the conductor’s esteem for Miss Fleming that he basically turned over one of his orchestra concerts to her. He has precious few to spend, with the Met, and he spent one on her.
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