Simon Boccanegra at the Met

The Passionate Violin

Victoria_mullova* Notes *
Viktoria Mullova played Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D major with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra from February 8-11, 2007. The Saturday performance in Berkeley sold-out. Mullova's playing was fast and raw, at times she seemed out of tune. As for the orchestra, they could have been slightly more legato. I must admit, the whole thing made me feel uncomfortable, but the audience adored Mullova.

PBO also played Weber's Symphony No. 2 in C major and Haydn's Symphony No. 104 in D major. Both were tuneful and very pretty, I felt they were played better than the Beethoven.

* Tattling *
There was a terrible mishap with seating, one ticket was sold twice, which was rather annoying.

There also was a small child behind me who moved and made noises with her jacket zipper. Both her parents talked during the music, perhaps in an effort to make her sit still. At the end of the performance, an usher congratulated her parents on the child's good behavior. She did not talk, nor did she fall asleep.