The San Francisco Symphony
Davies Hall, San Francisco
Friday, February 1, 2013
Charles Dutoit, conducting
James Ehnes, violin
Ravel – Rapsodie espagnole (1908)
Lalo – Symphonie espagnole,Opus 21 (1874)
Elgar – “Enigma” Variations, Opus 36 (1899)
They dance with a keen sense of drama with a very fine feeling for the gestures on which a ballet turns. They have a special sense for the overarching form and thrust of the choreographer's idea for each piece they danced, so the build-up of dramatic tension could be gradual, the feelings brought to each movement fitting and those important gestures could fit in in a restrained, even understated way. The dancers tend to give as much attention to their port à bras, which was very plastic, very tactile, as if pushing against the thickness of the atmosphere around them, as their leg- and foot-work, also with a careful attention to line, especially in the groupings at the cadence of a scene. They are extremely absorbing, giving something much more than the display of a Gala performance, despite the over-excited opening night audience.
Lincoln Center, David H. Koch Theater (unless otherwise noted): June 12 – August 5 (the Lincoln Center Festival begins July 5)
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