Markl’s upbeat demeanor paired well with Moser’s whimsical approach. The conductor worked well with the orchestra as a partner in music making — egging the violins on during forte passages, nearly sashaying through the air to demonstrate how he wanted a particular passage played.
Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 1, which ended the program, packed passionate playing of sublime music into a small package. Clocking in at about half an hour, the four-movement work was almost too brief, but on a night when Moser’s performance threatened to outshine everything else on the program, this parting offering from the entire ensemble served as a reminder of the ASO’s extraordinary capabilities.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Jun Markl and Johannes Moser
8 p.m. Feb. 2. Additional performance at 8 p.m. Feb. 4. $20-$99. Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-5000,