Nice, a Szymanowski retrospective. Oh wait, they've paired him up with....Brahms? Huh? Why not early Bartok, tone-poem Strauss and composers that share Szymanowski's sound world and were his influences?The programming in Europe and the US is becoming more and more conservative, understandable given the economy, but disappointing nonetheless.
It doesn't necessarily make a great deal of sense of me either: perhaps 'contrast' in a single concert, but a regular pairing is odd. Moreover, Brahms is not exactly Gergiev's forte, whereas I heard a very good King Roger from him at Edinburgh: (http://boulezian.blogspot.com/2008/08/edinburgh-international-festival-king.html). It is a pity we are not being treated to a concert performance of that, but I suppose we should not be ungrateful, given the Szymanowski we are hearing. There is more to be heard this season from Boulez too.
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