From Saturday's Washington Post review of Helmut Rilling's performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion with the National Symphony Orchestra.
Unfortunately, during some of the most extraordinary moments of the score -- from the beginning of the trial right up to and including Christ's crucifixion -- one heard a strange wailing from the balcony. As it happened, it was a seeing-eye dog, which eventually quieted down or was removed -- a noble beast, to be sure, but its steady whimpering made for bizarre counterpoint with music of such exalted lamentation.
The concert, most likely without canine descant, will be repeated tonight at 8.
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