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Pierre Boulez
Review: Seoul Philharmonic is here but not quite there yet
Review: Seoul Philharmonic is here but not quite there yet

The Seoul Philharmonic wants to be the one, not just the classical music soul of Seoul, but the first Asian orchestra to make it big on the international scene. At their Walt Disney Concert Hall debut Thursday night, the Koreans were — in a program of Debussy, Ravel and Tchaikovsky standards — exhilarating and, at their best, even awesome. It's an orchestra of noticeably young players, and they weren't always at their best. The Seoul Philharmonic is not quite there yet, but it's on its way. And it has more than a little help from friends in high places to help it get there. Founded in 1948, the Seoul Philharmonic is the oldest Korean orchestra and a showcase...

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