Bryn Terfel, Esa-Pekka Salonen and LA Phil 11/30/10
December 1, 2010
I went to listen Wagner-Hindemith Concert at Disney Concert Hall on Friday 11/26. First I thought the program seemed not suitable for this holiday weekend. I was wrong! Hindemith-Symphonie Metamorphosis is a very appealing piece and the orchestra played great! That was the only piece in the first half. Then here comes Terfel! If you have not heard his singing you are missing something very important in your life! He sings and delivers the text with deep expression. His voice is just perfect in many dimensions. He sang 3 songs from Wagner’s operas, Die Meistersinger, Tannhauser, and Die Walkure. The audience was drawn into his world. It has been only 1 and 1/2 year since Salonen left LA it seemed so natural to see him on the stage of Disney Concert Hall again, and the ensemble he established with LA Phil was quickly back into his hands. I saw Mrs. Salone in the back stage as well. It was an enjoyable evening in the Thanksgiving weekend.