De Nederlandse Opera's 2009-2010 Season
Wait, Wait in Berkeley

Kurt Masur at SFS

* Notes *
Yesterday evening Kurt Masur conducted San Francisco Symphony in a program of Gubaidulina and Bruckner. Gubaidulina's The Light of the End conjured up waves and air, there were parts near the beginning that sounded rather insectile, and parts near the end that were more bird-like. The marimba made for a pleasing earthy contrast with the more ghostly glockenspiel and vibraphone.

The brass players were rather prominent in Bruckner's 4th, they were a bit ragged at times, not to mention blaring. I particularly enjoyed the strings in the slow movement, and the hunting theme of the third movement was entertainingly jaunty. Masur certainly had the symphony in hand, the dynamics were beautifully rendered.

* Tattling * 
The audience was very contained, there was only assorted whispering as far as poor-behavior was concerned.