Monday, November 23, 2015

Carlos Kalmar, Music Director of the Oregon Symphony, conducted the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a rather stentorian concert with pianist Yevgeny Sudbin. Kalmar chose to have the orchestra seated in the configuration frequently used in the US, with cellos on stage left and violins on stage right. Since the acoustical shell in Symphony Hall was replaced a few years ago, the orchestra has been seated with the violas on stage right with the cellos to their right. Kalmar's re-arrangement has much to be said for it. The low strings never sounded better, at least judging from the sound on the left side of the house. In comparison to the "new configuration," the cellos sounded clear and strong. For the complete review, go here:

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