Review: Buffalo Philharmonic’s streamed Dvořák/Grieg/Bach program from Kleinhans, minus audience

Posted on: October 16, 2020

“The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s ‘Love and Longing’ performance on Tuesday night, part of the livestreamed BPOnDemand series, gave classical music fans reason to praise the BPO’s resilience in moving ahead with a 2020-21 season,” writes Leonidas Lagrimis in Thursday’s (10/15) Buffalo News (N.Y.). “BPOonDemand features the musicians performing live in Kleinhans Music Hall without an audience. The concerts are then livestreamed at a later date…. The BPOnDemand experience is user-friendly and stress-free…. The BPOnDemand program promises ‘the magical acoustics of Kleinhans right to your living room,’ and my modest MacBook Air speakers have never sounded this pristine and clear…. Dvořák’s Serenade for Winds, Cello and Bass in D minor, op. 44, featured the BPO’s fantastic wind section in a performance heavy with Romantic drama and extreme dynamic contrasts.… While the Bach Concerto in D minor that followed was originally composed for harpsichord, soloist Eric Huebner’s performance could have won over … period-instrument purists…. Music Director JoAnn Falletta and the BPO strings were the ideal accompanists…. [In] Edvard Grieg’s ‘Holberg Suite’ … Concertmaster Nikki Chooi and principal violist Caroline Gilbert shone as soloists in the final ‘Rigadoun’ movement, absolutely nailing the delightfully rustic, fiddlelike character of the country dance.”