The Wagner bicentennial marches on, bringing grand sounds from practically every corner of the musical earth. What appear most frequently on concert programs are various extracts from the operas, such as the collection of preludes, overture, and vocal and orchestral excerpts offered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Daniele Gatti at Carnegie Hall.
The first thing that caught my eye Wednesday night was the sheer size of the Boston Symphony Orchestra; they took up every inch of free space atop the Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall. So when the first note from Hector Berlioz’s Overture to Benvenuto Cellini rang out, the sound enveloped the hall, inserting itself into every nook and cranny.
I took my nephew, a vocal arts student, to see Bach's Passion According to St. John partially so he could experience Boston Symphony and partially to introduce him to choral music – which is some of my favorite. I hadn't been to Symphony Hall since my childhood and was glad to see nothing had changed. One has the sense that generations have passed through the hall in a continuous flow.