There is so much music in Salome, it was a wonderful to hear all the details in concert. Donald Runnicles conducted the fine Deutsche Oper Berlin (did they bring all those big drums with them?) Nina Stemme was a poised Salome: from being a more hesitant, almost innocent girl to an intense monster in the space of just 90 minutest. Her final monologue was stupendous. Burkhard Ulrich was super as Herod - every line and nuance was believable.
I was lucky to have gotten a ticket to see Bernard Haitink conduct the Vienna Philharmonic in Bruckner 7th Symphony. No doubt it is a work that Haitink knows well - he did it without score. The movements were broad, had shape, and above all nuanced rather than bombastic. His mildmannered gestures were in starck contract to Andris Nelsons's rendition of Bruckner 8 (earlier in the season). It was a real treat to see this maestro still deliveirng the musical umph at 90. A memorable concert that was.