Review: H&H Society in Mozart, Beethoven, Joseph Bologne at Symphony Hall

Posted on: November 1, 2017

“Marketing efforts underway at the Handel and Haydn Society appear to be working, as Symphony Hall was impressively full on Sunday afternoon,” writes Jeremy Eichler in Tuesday’s (10/31) Boston Globe. “Concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky directed the program, and on the second half, she joined two H&H colleagues … for Beethoven’s Triple Concerto.” In addition to Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, the program included “the Overture to ‘L’amant anonyme’ by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges … among the first classical composers of African descent as well as a violinist, an orchestra leader, and a renowned swordsman. The overture presented on Sunday caught the ear with its rhythmic drive and graceful melodic contours…. Part of the challenge … is that all period groups, H&H included, very intentionally perform on older style instruments and use older style gut strings…. But … Symphony Hall itself is not a period venue…. That said, the dynamism and warm rapport of this trio of soloists [in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto] were unmistakable, and … this performance clearly hit its mark. Sunday’s grateful audience was quick to its feet.”

Posted November 1, 2017