Milwaukee Symphony, conductor Karina Canellakis blend the familiar with the unfamiliar

09.21.18
Karina Canellakis
Milwaukee Journal Sentinal

There's nothing quite like hearing and feeling the power and pulse of a live performance of Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring." The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, led by guest conductor Karina Canellakis, closed Friday's concert with a thrilling, tight, clean performance of Stravinsky's work, which was full of expressive playing. [...]The orchestra executed the piece's rhythmic twists and turns with clarity, precision and biting accents, playing with a constant dynamic balance that allowed listeners to hear dramatic lines and interjections as well as the piece's fascinating structure and harmonies.

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Canellakis and the players made the unfamiliar familiar [in Boulanger's D'un soir triste], moving easily between the piece's delicately sculpted lines and its dense, full-voiced sounds. They made Boulanger's musical passages sing, and carried listeners to a breathtakingly shimmering ending.

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