To the editor of THE EAGLE:
Now that the music critic (Andrew Pincus, Nov. 26)
and the conductor (Richard
Feldman, letter, Dec. 2) have weighed in about the Berkshire Symphony performance on Nov. 22, it’s time for an amateur music-appreciator (very amateur!).
I had a strange experience at that concert, an experience similar to one I had many many years ago. The many years ago experience was me as a teenager listening to a performance of Elgar’s "Enigma Variations" being played by Toscanini and the NBC Symphony. My impression was that that piece and that orchestra were made for each other -- that there was a real marriage between music and orchestra.
I had exactly the same reaction to the Ravel "Tombeau de Couperin" -- a perfect match of music and orchestra. Put simply, it doesn’t get any better than that!