Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Friday 9/27 & Tuesday 10/1

maryloveHmm, not too much jazz on this week’s show—that’d be Updoc, Friday at 8PM, noon next Tuesday, Flatbush Avenue time—but I hope you’ll drop in anyway: the music’s fine. First Oliver Knussen’s charming Music for a Puppet Court, then some moonscape Ligeti, then some of that Mozart cat. George Szell was the martinet among European emigré conductors and has never been a favorite of mine, but this performance of Mozart’s radiant “Haffner” symphony has a grip on the rhythmic genius of this work—as propulsive as anything Beethoven wrote, and more various—and never lets go. Try not to be exhilirated and you will fail. More Knussen, his fine Violin Concerto—I’ve begun to think there’s more first-rate ‘classical’ music being composed in Britain these days than anywhere else, and I put it down in part to the non-dogmatic and undomineering influence of Benjamin Britten—and then what really seems to be the point of the show: Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23, which I think should be subtitled The Good for What Ails You. Along with all the grace and elegance you expect from Mozart there is something almost infinitely consoling about this music, in a luminous performance here by Maria Joao Pires. Once that merciful note is sounded, Arvo Pärt’s Berliner Messe is a natural: he has lasted when other minimalist-medievalists have not, because in the end spiritual authenticity cannot be faked. Could the show end with anything but Cannonball and the world’s funkiest Austrian ever? Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.

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  2. What a beautiful show. Thanks for sharing these gems from the Storehouse of Mercy. It sure came at a good time for me.

  3. Ain’t Mozart something? Thanks and you’re welcome.