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Salerno-Sonnenberg guests with Pacific Symphony. Orange County Register, Jan. 10, 2013.
classical music, reviews
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Pacific Symphony, violin
January 17, 2014
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Glad to see the Carmen Suite was done as it’s a terrific arrangement. Also, surprised to see the Zwilich resurface. I conducted that piece in college and wasn’t that fond of it. It was assigned to me by my conducting professor and then after the performance he said like, “You did it very well but, you know, this is not a very good piece.” I had to really fight saying “then why did you give it to me!”
I don’t know, Chris, I’d have to hear the Zwilich again. It struck me as a well made piece, and nicely scored for strings alone. I will say this. It doesn’t seem to fit comfortably in most places on regular programs. It’s not an opener, or a second piece or a closer.
You’re right about it having trouble fitting into a concert setting. I forget if it was the starter piece on my program or not, might have started the second half (on a program of what seemed like random 20th century pieces including the Classical Symphony and Webern 5 Pieces…I only conducted the Zwilich). But having studied the piece intently and conducted it, I’m happy to NOT give it another listen!
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