You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Roger Norrington ended his two-week guest stint and the Los Angeles Philharmonic's 1993/94 season on a note of sheer delight. Norrington mined most compellingly the fund of ecstasy in Joseph Haydn's "The Seasons" that, for all the naivete of its rustic pictorialism and the hobbled rhetoric of its original text, has survived the centuries.

Roger Norrington ended his two-week guest stint and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 1993/94 season on a note of sheer delight. Norrington mined most compellingly the fund of ecstasy in Joseph Haydn’s “The Seasons” that, for all the naivete of its rustic pictorialism and the hobbled rhetoric of its original text, has survived the centuries.

Norrington has been a champion of “authentic” performances and the use of reconstructed old instruments. In this revival of Haydn’s 1799 masterpiece — nearly three hours of celebration of the passing of a calendar year, including summer thunderstorms, autumnal wine tastings and winter’s chill — he offered glowing proof that respect for a bygone composer’s wishes is as much a matter of the spirit as of using the proper instruments.

Elegance, clarity and a prevalence of unbridled joyousness — these were the elements of Norrington’s performance. It didn’t matter that the excellent soloists sometimes lapsed into a modern-sounding vibrato, or that the Philharmonic violins played with the same taut bow and steel strings useful in music of Tchaikovsky — or even that a brand-new English text had been prepared (by Margaret J. Boaden and Barbara Cook) as an overdue replacement for the stilted original. The performance was pure and communicative energy.

It ended a Philharmonic season, the second under music director Esa-Pekka Salonen, remarkable for a sustained high level of planning and performance. At a time when other major orchestras — notably in New York, Philadelphia, Washington and Chicago — have moved toward more conservative leadership, Los Angeles’ bravery has become a matter of worldwide awareness, even envy. It remains, of course, to sell the news to wider audiences; the empty seats at this final, superior concert made for a saddening sight.

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, L.A. Music Center; 3, 101 seats; top ticket $50.

Production: Roger Norrington conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with members of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and vocal soloists Amanda Halgrimson, John Aler and Kevin McMillan, in Joseph Haydn's "The Seasons." Reviewed May 26, 1994.

More Music

  • Courtney Hadwin'America's Got Talent' TV show,

    Has 'America's Got Talent' Standout Courtney Hadwin Already Signed a Record Deal?

    Roger Norrington ended his two-week guest stint and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 1993/94 season on a note of sheer delight. Norrington mined most compellingly the fund of ecstasy in Joseph Haydn’s “The Seasons” that, for all the naivete of its rustic pictorialism and the hobbled rhetoric of its original text, has survived the centuries. Norrington […]

  • Kelly Clarkson performs at the 2018

    iHeartRadio Festival Day 2: Shawn Mendes Joins Justin, Kelly Clarkson and iHeart Make Up

    Roger Norrington ended his two-week guest stint and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 1993/94 season on a note of sheer delight. Norrington mined most compellingly the fund of ecstasy in Joseph Haydn’s “The Seasons” that, for all the naivete of its rustic pictorialism and the hobbled rhetoric of its original text, has survived the centuries. Norrington […]

  • Dave GrohlFoo Figthers in concert at

    Dave Grohl Serves Up Barbecue at Studio City Market

    Roger Norrington ended his two-week guest stint and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 1993/94 season on a note of sheer delight. Norrington mined most compellingly the fund of ecstasy in Joseph Haydn’s “The Seasons” that, for all the naivete of its rustic pictorialism and the hobbled rhetoric of its original text, has survived the centuries. Norrington […]

  • On the Run II Review

    Concert Review: Beyonce and Jay-Z Bring Their 'On the Run II' Mega-Show to L.A.

    Roger Norrington ended his two-week guest stint and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 1993/94 season on a note of sheer delight. Norrington mined most compellingly the fund of ecstasy in Joseph Haydn’s “The Seasons” that, for all the naivete of its rustic pictorialism and the hobbled rhetoric of its original text, has survived the centuries. Norrington […]

  • Ozzy Osbourne Drops Lawsuit Against AEG

    Ozzy Osbourne Drops Lawsuit Against AEG

    Roger Norrington ended his two-week guest stint and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 1993/94 season on a note of sheer delight. Norrington mined most compellingly the fund of ecstasy in Joseph Haydn’s “The Seasons” that, for all the naivete of its rustic pictorialism and the hobbled rhetoric of its original text, has survived the centuries. Norrington […]

  • Sam Smith Cancels iHeartRadio Performance Due

    Sam Smith Pulls Out of iHeartRadio Performance Due to Vocal Emergency

    Roger Norrington ended his two-week guest stint and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 1993/94 season on a note of sheer delight. Norrington mined most compellingly the fund of ecstasy in Joseph Haydn’s “The Seasons” that, for all the naivete of its rustic pictorialism and the hobbled rhetoric of its original text, has survived the centuries. Norrington […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content