Articles about Program Music

Guide to Records: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra - "Berlioz: 'Symphony Fantastique'; Borodin: 'Prince Igor' Overture"; Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - "Berlioz: 'Symphonie Fantastique'; Varese: 'Ionisation'"
American Record Guide (2014) Vol. 77, No. 5, pp. 61-62

The Mariss Jansons performance starts slowly and beautifully, even impressionistally in the violins. All indications are for something interesting, but that promise dissipates quickly into routine. Everything sounds calculated and too thought out, as Jansons moves from point to point, ...