Boston Symphony Chamber Players ends 50th season with Boston premiere

Posted on: April 9, 2014

In The Boston Globe on Tuesday (4/8), Thomasine Berg reviews the Boston Symphony Chamber Players’ concert on Sunday at Jordan Hall, the finale to its 50th anniversary season. It opened with Darius Milhaud’s “Suite d’après Corrette,” an eight-minute work “full of tag-team runs and chatty exchanges” performed by oboist John Ferrillo, clarinetist William R. Hudgins, and bassoonist Richard Svoboda. It was followed by the Boston premiere of Sebastian Currier’s quintet “Parallel Worlds,” commissioned for the BSO Chamber Players and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (which premiered the work in March). It “showcased the virtuosity of Boston Symphony Orchestra principal flutist Elizabeth next to the combined powerhouse of BSO principals Malcolm Lowe, concertmaster; Haldan Martinson, second violin; Steven Ansell, viola; and BSO cellist Sato Knudsen, filling in for Jules Eskin.… Movements are titled Expressive, Animated, Sustained, and Pulsing, hinting at the sense of poignancy that shadows the piece. Each segment builds on the other until relentless rhythmic patterns drive into the final, still notes, delivered by flute alone.” Concluding the concert was Schubert’s Octet in F Major, D. 803, which “has been a recording and concert marquee piece” for the ensemble since its inaugural season.

Posted April 9, 2014