On 10 March Thomas Dausgaard performed the first of three concerts with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra at Benaroya Hall. Dausgaard, who has recently been nicknamed the “Dynamic Dane“, lived up to his title as the Seattle Times writes, “In the opening Haydn Symphony No. 88, Dausgaard set a clear tempo, but then concerned himself less with beating time and more with drawing the sound out of the players with the most expressive repertoire of gestures.”
The program also included Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.23, featuring soloist Boris Giltburg, in a performance described by The Times as “remarkable for its quality and subtlety of touch”. Dausgaard’s conducting of the work was also praised: “Dausgaard drew an almost transparent sound from the orchestra that never overpowered the soloist.”
Finally, Dausgaard and the SSO performed any early work of Schoenberg, “Verklärte Nacht”, described as “a transfigured performance, one of refined beauty and incredible tonal variety”.
Ticket information for the remaining two dates at Benaroya Hall can be found here.