May 26, 2011

Review: Orchestra life in Istanbul

When I tell people outside of Turkey that Istanbul has three symphony orchestras, jaws drop. “What? Are they any good?” they ask. I assure them they’re not only good, but in fact, quite outstanding.


The musical energy here is fresh and exciting. Sometimes a performance isn’t perfect, but I’d rather hear a concert that’s surging with vitality and a few bloopers rather than one that’s note-perfect and dull. That was the case with the İstanbul CRR Symphony Orchestra on May 21.

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