One wants con­sid­er­able mel­low­ness from a cello, and this Ro­man pos­sessed; but his tone was also char­ac­ter­ized by the slight­est bit of grit at the pe­riph­ery, the tini­est mea­sure of husk­i­ness, which gave his play­ing an ex­pres­sive edge that sur­passed mere pr

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The pro­gram opened with a list­less in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the “En­trance of the Gods Into Val­halla” from Wag­ner’s in which the sym­phony’s brass sec­tion did not en­tirely rise to the oc­ca­sion, and it con­cluded with a spir­ited read­ing of Dvorˇák’s Sym­phony

which proved more suc­cess­ful. Cox, who has been the as­sis­tant con­duc­tor of the Min­nesota Orches­tra and was re­cently pro­moted to as­so­ciate con­duc­tor, has a fluid con­duct­ing style. The en­sem­ble’s re­sponse to some of his ini­tial down­beats sug­gested it may be just a shade too fluid, but once the move­ments got rolling, they flowed buoy­antly. Sev­eral of the orches­tra’s play­ers should be spe­cially ap­plauded for the high qual­ity of their solo in­put: the French horn sec­tion in the first move­ment, English hor­nist Vigneau (Pro Mu­sica’s oboist) in the sec­ond, and clar­inetist Lori Lo­vato in the third.

As­sum­ing it is just a co­in­ci­dence, an un­wit­ting ben­e­fi­ciary of the Santa Fe Sym­phony’s pro­gram will be the New Mex­ico Phil­har­monic. Next April 22, at Albuquerque’s Pope­joy Hall, Roberto Minczuk will be lead­ing that orches­tra in a con­cert com­pris­ing Brahms’ Vi­olin Con­certo (with Jen­nifer Koh as soloist) and Dvorˇák’s Sym­phony The play­ers who also per­form with the Santa Fe Sym­phony will al­ready have those two pieces on the front burner. Per­haps Minczuk will add some Wag­ner to start. It rather re­minds one of George Bernard Shaw’s ob­ser­va­tion about such a con­flu­ence in Lon­don dur­ing the “Mozart Year” of 1891: “The Crys­tal Palace com­mit­ted it­self to the Sym­phony and the Re­quiem; and the Al­bert Hall, by way of vary­ing the en­ter­tain­ment, an­nounced the Re­quiem and the Sym­phony.”

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