First responses to Jaap Van Zweden’s opening nightmain
From the composer Nico Muhly:
Super surreal concert last night at the NY Phil — an immersive, trippy, bendy & foldy & rigid & fragile & quite powerful première by Ashley Fure, then the Ravel both-hands concerto, then the Rite of Spring! I will say: the acoustics of that hall, for better or for worse, are a really good delivery system for some BRASS directly into the back of your skull — that was FUN.
Dutch critic Peter van der Lint:
Opening Gala Concert met veel Amerikaanse beroemdheden op de rode loper, maar ook BN’ers zoals Paul de Leeuw en echtgenoot. In de matige akoestiek van de David Geffen Hall (voorheen Avery Fisher Hall) kwam Jaap tot mooie resultaten. Hij stond te glunderen na afloop. (Jaap got beautiful results. He was gloating afterwards).
Musician Joseph Alessi:
My 34th season and counting. This September begins the tenure of our new music director Jaap van Zweden our 26th music director and my 5th music director. From the way the concert went this evening, I’m very excited to be under the baton of this very talented conductor and musician. After the concert, my wife Kathie made a delicious pear cake. It was out of this world!
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