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The DSO's Dynamic, Decisive Bruckner

Posted Friday, April 27, 2012 in Noteworthy

By Chris Shull

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The massive sound waves of Bruckner's Symphony No. 8 performed by Jaap van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra inspired ovations and elation Thursday evening at the Meyerson Symphony Center.


"Stunning," said Scott Cantrell in The Dallas Morning News. "Van Zweden more than proved himself the Brucknerian of dreams. The orchestra played as if lives depended on it."


"Mo. van Zweden brings world-class gravitas to the podium, and lifts this orchestra to world-class levels," writes David Cangelosi, a globe-trotting opera tenor performing in The Dallas Opera's The Magic Flute. "Dallas may be a huge sports town, but its arts district is also world-renowned. Its musicians are, in fact, the athletes of this art-form and are deserving of respect and admiration."


"Bruckner's 8th is a work of intense power and beauty that often leaves an audience breathless," Cangelosi says.


"The Dallas Symphony, under the baton of Music Director Jap van Zweden, gave it a definitive performance," raved Gregory Sullivan Isaacs on TheaterJones. "This massive symphony was played with a crystalline clarity that was revelatory."


"It delivers massive thrills," said Olin Chism on KERA's Art & Seek. "Jaap van Zweden proved to be a master of the work's dramatic potential and its many subtleties, and he drew inspired playing from an expanded Dallas Symphony."


At least two critics expressed a desire to hear another performance this weekend. "Those who choose not to go are going to miss a big one," Chism wrote.


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1 comment for “BrucknerReview”

  • Posted Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 3:39:22 PM

    Jaap Van Zweden embodied the spirit in which Bruckner wrote the notes. I'm not sure what wa better, Jaap's performance or the orchestra following Jaap. I only wish the Wagnerian Horns were in perfect pitch. Superb performance by all! thanks DSO

    Thomas Michael

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