“The cheers rang out long and loudly,” (The Seattle Times) for Thomas Dausgaard’s first subscription concert as Music Director of the Seattle Symphony. The 19 September concert at Benaroya Hall had the magisterial pianist Yefim Bronfman as soloist. The programme featured the Seattle premiere of Finnish composer Lotta Wennäkoski’s “Flounce”, Brahms Piano Concerto No 2 and Mahler Symphony No 1.
Following the interval, Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 1 took centre stage. The Seattle Times’ Melinda Bargreen:
“Dausgaard made the silences just as important as the sounds, drawing the listeners in as the music slowly awakened and blossomed into the thrilling brass fanfares and the full range of orchestral colors. …Dausgaard had the oversized French horn section stand, their sound lifting above the orchestra and straight into the house. …But it didn’t take extra volume to keep this audience involved; all that was needed was a terrific conductor and the orchestra that outplayed itself for him.”
Watch Thomas Dausgaard conduct the Seattle Symphony’s performance of Mahler: Symphony No. 1 and the concert will also be rebroadcast on KING FM 98.1 at 9 p.m. Oct. 4.