The Wall Street Journal has recently posted a review of Joe Alessi’s world premiere of Melinda Wagner’s trombone concerto:
Most nights, principal trombone Joseph Alessi sits near the back of the stage at Avery Fisher Hall during performances of the New York Philharmonic. The cellos are arrayed in front of him, the woodwinds to his right.
But recently, Mr. Alessi stood in the spotlight as soloist at the world premiere of a trombone concerto commissioned for him by the Philharmonic. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Melinda Wagner, the vibrant 24-minute piece displayed Mr. Alessi’s considerable talents and made a bid for a permanent spot in the repertory. Unfortunately, if past experience is any indicator, the work is …
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