David Fleshler’s Dec. 18 classical music review, Malkki, New World deliver riveting Berlioz and U.S. premiere of clarinet concerto, is half hog-wash. The unicorn is in my family crest and I guarantee you a unicorn doesn’t sound like a clarinet. It is a horse, after all.
Regardless, sitting with the wall crowd listening to pure noise that almost legitimized rap found one and all looking for more wine. The first half, this pure folly of a unicorn noise, was trash. We almost got up and went back to Broward County.
Thankfully, the night was saved with the second half of the program.
Conductor Susanna Malkki did, indeed, lead the symphony through a wonderful, dulcet rendition of Berlioz’s Symphonic Fantastique.
For once, the strings were outdone by percussion. Dang, those horns were good once let go, too. So the trip was now worth it.
W.F. Cunningham III, Hollywood