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HoustonLa mer & Lamsma

Schmitt, Chausson, Ravel, Dutilleux, Debussy
Houston Symphony; Fabien Gabel; Simone Lamsma
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A confused “Resurrection” at the Houston Symphony

Andres Orozco-Estrada © Werner Kmetitsch
In a failed mash-up, the Houston Symphony performed only the first movement (the three-minute “Prelude: Maestoso”) of Ives’ Fourth Symphony and continued attacca into the 80 minutes of Mahler's "Resurrection."
**111
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Gabel and Houston Symphony captain Corigliano and Ravel

Fabien Gabel © Gaetan Bernard
Houston Symphony’s program starring John Corigliano’s Conjurer: Concerto for Percussionist and String Orchestra and Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé crept through mists.
****1
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The Houston Symphony after Harvey

Andrés Orozco-Estrada © Martin Sigmund
When a hurricane floods your symphony hall, and you have to scrap and replace programs according to new venues and limited rehearsal time – all with an aim to soothe a city in distress – what do you play?
***11
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An opulent Pines of Rome in Houston

Elina Vähälä © Antti Hannuniemi
In a program of vivid Italian work, violinist Elina Välhälä, performing Corigliano's violin concerto, seemed to transform into a formidable sprite.
****1
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Underwhelming Lost Cello Concerto at Houston Symphony

Brinton Averil Smith
In a program with Chabrier’s España and Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat, the Houston Symphony ambitiously unearthed Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Cello Concerto, last heard at its premiere with the New York Philharmonic in 1935.
**111
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Houston Symphony takes it slow

Fabien Gabel © Gaetan Bernard
On a program with unusually slow tempos in Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony and Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides, Argentine pianist Ingrid Fliter gave a cursory performance of Mendelssohn's First Piano Concerto.
**111
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