The Tricolor flew proudly at Music Hall Thursday evening, as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra presented an all-French program including works by Ravel, Saint-Saëns and Albert Roussel. (…) It was, tout simplement, one of the finest concerts heard in Cincinnati so far this year. (…) Denève, who has conducted both the CSO and Cincinnati Opera in prior seasons, led with warmth, keen insight and genial command. He is obviously well liked by the players, who performed splendidly for him. (…) He closed with “La Valse,” Ravel’s bitter elegy to the age of empire and excess. Denève poured himself into it, leaving no nerve untouched, from the nearly inaudible rumbles of double bass at the beginning, through lavish swaths of color as the dance unfolded, to the great, stumbling convulsions at the end. He looked exhausted as he accepted the crowd’s applause and that of the orchestra, which refused to stand at the final curtain call, granting him a well-deserved solo bow.
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