In weaving this week’s Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concert, there seems to be several key threads: local talent played a large role in the program; the major works were written in the early part of the 20th century; and all of the works require a really large orchestra.
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Oliver Knussen’s Flourish with Fireworks is a big, but slight piece. It’s a great way to start a concert, grabbing attention, but not requiring too much mental investment while patrons are still trying to become comfortable and clearing their throats. Based on this work, Knussen seems to believe that if something can be plucked, it should be plucked; if something can be struck, it should be struck; and if something can be loud, it should be loud. The ASO and Robert Spano did a bang-up job in a performance full of high energy and flash.
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