Ehnes and Herbig mesh with BSO

Music Review

March 10, 2007|By Tim Smith | Tim Smith,Sun music critic

Mozart had a very earthy side, as any perusal of his unabridged letters will reveal, but his music invariably touches the sky. Sibelius was pretty much a down-to-earth guy, too, and that's where his music stays, with the feel of soil and rock in it.

The latest Baltimore Symphony Orchestra program contrasts the heavenly beauty of form and melody in Mozart with the craggy topography and shadowed emotions in Sibelius. Putting each composer into perspective is Gunther Herbig, a seasoned conductor who can be counted on for calm command and a firm sense of style.

The BSO performs at 8 tonight and 3 p.m. tomorrow at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $25 to $78. 410-783-8000, baltimoresymphony.org.

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