The Fort Worth Symphony sure sounded good in an all-Tchaikovsky concert from Miguel Harth-Bedoya

09.15.18
Miguel Harth-Bedoya
The Dallas Morning News

Gosh, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra sounded good Friday night. In an all-Tchaikovsky program, the sort that so easily can go on autopilot, music director Miguel Harth-Bedoya evinced great care with balances, shape, direction and drama. The orchestra, too, seemed to achieve new degrees of expressive sophistication. I can't remember a Pathétique Symphony finale so red-hot with emotion, at times so desperate, without ever wallowing.

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The excellent violinist James Ehnes was the soloist in the Violin Concerto [...] Harth-Bedoya and the orchestra were the most attentive and responsive partners, with dynamics and balances flawlessly gauged.

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From the beginning of the symphony Harth-Bedoya built powerful tension, and he sensitively and skillfully managed - and massaged - it from then on. [...] But that finale - oh, my. If that wouldn't put a lump in your throat, nothing would.

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