The only drawback to the Rameau? An environmental disruption. An errant alarm, which echoed throughout Symphony Hall, paused the music-making at a natural break between selections. After the commotion subsided, McGegan simply brushed away the temporary hullabaloo and continued on, unperturbed.
While the entire night presented courtly, regimented music that was somewhat unemotional, Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 allowed the musicians to stretch out a bit. After a royal, thundering introduction, the piece drove toward the euphoric, revelatory final movement.
For an ensemble that brings new works and 20th-century music to Atlanta audiences with great frequency, an evening of pure classical works seemed incongruous with the ASO’s mission. But while this ensemble is at its best when presenting these newer works under the baton of music director Robert Spano, it is encouraging to hear older music presented so beautifully.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
8 p.m. May 4. Additional performance at 8 p.m. May 6. $20-$99. The Casual Fridays performance at 6:30 p.m. May 5 replaces the Rameau with Couperin's "Pieces en Concert." $25. Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-733-5000, atlantasymphony.org.
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