Sandwiched between Beethoven and Prokofiev, longtime ASO musician, and principal oboe, Elizabeth Koch Tiscione dispatched Mozart's Oboe Concerto with exuberance. While the ASO presents an extremely unified and well-blended ensemble sound, it's always impressive to hear the musicians in a solo setting. Koch Tiscione has called the ASO home for a decade, and her light, pliant tone — reedy and resonant in the low notes, sparkling and clear at the top of her register — is part of the reason why she's a prized member of the ensemble.
As with any concerts during a long season, the ASO’s Beethoven performances have been led by more than a handful of guest conductors. Out of the five symphonies presented this season, Spano has led only one of them. Some stylistic predilections have emerged among the conductors, but through it all, the ASO has functioned as an unwavering Beethoven machine, presenting crisp, studied performances that allow emotion and Romanticism to bubble to the surface. These aren’t hermetic readings of compositions by a long-dead composer, and while the music might not be as daring as some of the new composers Spano has recently programmed, in the ASO’s hands, Beethoven rivals these new works in pure excitement and vigor.
Carlo Rizzi with the ASO
8 p.m. April 26. Additional performances at 8 p.m. April 28 and 3 p.m. April 29. $22-$99. Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-733-5000, www.atlantasymphony.org.
8 p.m. April 27. $25-$55. Bailey Performance Center, Kennesaw State University, 488 Prillaman Way, Kennesaw.
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