`Cradle': a gripping anti-war symphony

Music Review

March 24, 2007|By Tim Smith | Tim Smith,sun music critic

No words are intoned in Richard Danielpour's extraordinary new symphonic work. They're not needed. Rocking the Cradle, premiered Thursday night by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, speaks volumes about the American composer's impassioned views on the war in Iraq.

Listeners uncomfortable with the idea of classical musicians taking stands on controversial issues may want to skip the concert, which is repeated this morning at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Same for those disinclined to be within earshot of anti-war sentiment. Just about everyone else, I suspect, will find the experience rewarding, even gripping. (Last night's awfully small audience responded with a prolonged ovation.)

If you go The BSO performs at 11 a.m. today at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. 410-783-8000 or baltimoresymphony.org

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