I was really impressed last night with the LSO's performance of 'Tapiola' under Daniel Harding. The reading was broad and spacious. I didn't time it but I guess nearer 22' than 15'. It was very much a spiritual journey and one that I found profoundly moving. A musical landscape far removed from the trivia of the urban jungle, obsessed with instant novelty,and sensationalism. The LSO was in tremendous form under Harding and rather than episodic moments we got the big picture. The majestic passage just before the 'Storm' sequence when the strings cry out against baleful brass was the best I have heard.
Tapiola questions the relationship between man and nature. Somehow my spirits seemed cleansed following those final B major chords and then silence.....--kp