The Philharmonic in The Park

The New York Philharmonic, led by Music Director Alan Gilbert, kicked off a local tour — of New York City’s five boroughs — with a rousing Tchaikovsky‘s Fourth in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park on July 11, 2012. Join the virtual tour:

The Philharmonic sounded lovely, even though the Fourth’s four movements seemed muffled and vague within the tangled up in blue of NYC’s heat and humidity: the andante sostenuto, andantino, scherzo and finale overwhelmed by the heaviness in the evening air.

Then again, it probably appeared that way from where my wife and I were sitting: faraway, beneath the drooping and dribbling branches of a mischievously senile oak tree.