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Performer: National Symphony Orchestra

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Rollicking Mahler Fifth may have just put NSO on the global map

Gianandrea Noseda © Steve Sherman
Clarion details from start to finish result in a spectacular Mahler Fifth from Noseda and the National Symphony Orchestra
*****
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Tetzlaff redefines clarity with the National Symphony Orchestra

Christian Tetzlaff © Giorgia Bertazzi

Christian Tetzlaff proves once again why audiences can’t get enough of his sound in a program of Dvořák and Schumann with Christoph Eschenbach at the helm.

****1
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Copland’s Third Symphony redeems Slatkin and the NSO

Leonard Slatkin © Cybelle Codish
After a humdrum reimagining of Paganini's 24th Caprice and an underwhelming Rachmaninov piano concerto, Slatkin triumphs with an august Copland 3.
**111
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Expanded Puts song cycle scores well for NSO

Gianandrea Noseda © Scott Suchman
Kevin Puts’ expanded work on Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Steiglitz provides another triumph for Renée Fleming and the NSO, while two Strauss works demonstrate both its artistic re-emergence and work left to do.
****1
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A luxuriant Tristan und Isolde Act 2 from Noseda and the NSO

Stephen Gould (Tristan) and Christine Goerke (Isolde) © Scott Suchman

Wagner’s Liebestod-laden second act proves the ideal opera snapshot in Washington DC. 

****1
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