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Venue: Kennedy Center: Concert Hall, Washington

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AddressWashington
DC DC 20566
United States
Google maps38° 53' 44.891" N 77° 3' 20.408" W
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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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Some gems and revelations in the NSO's “dance” program

Gianandrea Noseda © Sussie Ahlburg
A major work going well beyond tango by Astor Piazzolla and a fresh introduction to African-American composer Florence Price highlight a concert that tries a bit too hard to please
***11
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Urbański proves his mettle with Tchaikovsky and Chopin in Washington

Krzysztof Urbański © Marco Borggreve
Krzysztof Urbański elects an ideal pace and shape for Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony in a guest conducting appearance with the National Symphony Orchestra, on an evening also featuring Lise de la Salle playing Chopin.
****1
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An opening concert of contrasts in Washington DC

Gianandrea Noseda © Steve Sherman
A good audience turnout for the opening of Noseda's third NSO season justifies an all-20th-century program centering on Carl Orff's popular and direct setting of medieval poems about real life and fate, but also presenting gentler works of religious reflection.
****1
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