Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Conductor Noseda Leads Tight Pso

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Conductor Noseda Leads Tight Pso

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It seems as if Gianandrea Noseda can do no wrong.

The Italian conductor has been having a few good months. He was recently named Musical America's 2015 conductor of the year, and a few weeks ago, the National Symphony Orchestra appointed him as its new music director.

His good year continued Friday night at Heinz Hall when he led the Pittsburgh Symphony in a program that could have been a sleeper had it not been in such confident hands: Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, Rossini's Overture to "Guillaume Tell" and Beethoven's Symphony No. 2.

The Second is, in many ways, the ugly duckling of Beethoven's symphonies, but Mr. Noseda and this orchestra set it on fire: Classical-era proportions and clarity with Romantic-era force. The performance reminded us that this cheery work is, indeed, Beethoven. Mr. Noseda at times used a baton, other times he didn't. He sometimes conducted from a normal-sized score but opted for a tiny one at others (as he has in previous PSO concerts). …

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