Beethoven Symphony#3, Eroica, Final Movement performed by the Boulder Chamber Orchestra under direction of Bahman Saless. Performed May 11, 2013
May 9, 2013
An Article by Peter Alexander, Boulder Weekly Classical Music Writer
"Saless is particularly struck by the composer’s ability to manipulate his listeners’ emotions, recalling a story told by one of Beethoven’s students, Carl Czerny. Beethoven’s piano improvisations, in the salons and homes of his patrons, were “most brilliant and striking,” Czerny wrote. “He knew how to produce such an effect upon every hearer that many would break out into loud sobs.” But Beethoven often followed his most moving improvisations with raucous laughter, telling his listeners they were fools for allowing their feelings to be so easily controlled." Read more.
September 30, 2012
An Article by Robin McNeil, Opus Colorado Music Critic
"This performance was completely fresh in so many ways: the clarity and transparency in the way the BCO performed these classical period pieces was absolutely breathtaking. Their phrasing was meticulous, as were their attacks, which were quite stunning because there were no ill-defined entrances whatsoever. The entire orchestra seemed very excited to get the season underway after all of the rehearsals, and there was a marked vigorousness and uniformity of purpose in the way they played." Read more.
September 16, 2012
An article by Kelly Dean Hansen, Camera Classical Music Writer
"When music director Bahman Saless considered the theme for the Boulder Chamber Orchestra's eighth season, he realized he wanted to do many diverse pieces that were difficult to put together in a semantic sense. He also realized he wanted to experiment with concerts that created interest through extreme contrast." Read more.
Boulder Chamber Orchestra under direction of Bahman Saless perform Brahms' Hungarian Rhapsody No. 5. New Year's Eve 2012 Concert, at Lakewood Cultural Center..
Boulder Chamber Orchestra (BCO) is a non-profit organization committed to providing exceptional chamber music programming, education, and outreach, as well as an outlet for talented local artists in the Boulder community.
"I did not exaggerate above when I said this was one of the best performances of the Mozart Requiem that I have heard. Perhaps due to the surroundings, it had a very intimate feel, but the choir, the orchestra, and the soloists all gave the impression that they were performing for just a select few. It was so very clean and clear that every note (from everyone) could be heard., says Robin McNeil, Opus Colorado Music Critic.