Jaap van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra gave a stunning performance of the Tchaikovsky Fifth Symphony on Thursday night.
The performance had everything: gut-grabbing intensity, but also tenderness; nervous excitability, but also unhurried warmth; brasses slicing through like razor-edged cleavers, but also cellos stringing out satin strands.
Van Zweden lingered tellingly over poignant and pivotal moments, elsewhere urging the music ahead to goals great and small. Again and again surprising complexities of textures were revealed and clarified.
The DSO's violins played with the new depth of tone we've come to expect in the age of van Zweden, but also, in the scherzo, with flickering precision. Gregory Hustis spun out the famous slow-movement horn solo with unassuming eloquence.
To hear music-making this compelling in the glorious acoustics of the Meyerson Symphony Center was an experience that couldn't be replicated by the best surround-sound playback equipment. But if, as rumored, the DSO may issue a compact disc of this performance, we'll all be lining up for copies.
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