October 13-16 | 2016
Jaap van Zweden conducts
Augustin Hadelich violin
Symphony No. 4
Tchaikovsky's tempestuous Fourth Symphony exhilarates from the first note to the last. Witness Augustin Hadelich's "dazzling technique*" in Bruch's Violin Concerto.
*New York Times
- Van Zweden, Dallas Symphony Electrify Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony
By Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News
To hear the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Thursday night was to be reminded of the huge challenge facing the orchestra. With music director Jaap van Zweden due to move to the New York Philharmonic in 2018, it won't be easy to find a successor to maintain the technical brilliance, expressive nuance and sheer electricity our Dutch maestro has cultivated these last eight years. (After this set of concerts, he takes a break from Dallas until this coming February.)
Van Zweden's assets were certainly on display in this concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center, above all in the Tchaikovsky Fourth Symphony. The piece has been programmed so much around here that the musicians can probably play it in their sleep, but there wasn't a nanosecond of sleepwalking in this performance.
Fearsome blasts of horns and trumpets at the start announced a performance of white-hot intensity. Searing assaults of brasses and incandescent masses of violin tone evoked the scorching fortissimos of old-school Russian orchestras. Crescendos and decrescendos were boldly sculpted.