Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Toronto Symphony Orchestra: Thursday, April 18 2013

What a wonderful concert we enjoyed this afternoon! Conducted by Peter Oundjian, we felt we had been privileged to be present for such an accomplished rendition of the two works.

The first piece was Mozart's Violin Conceto No 5 in A Major, K219 "Turkish". Gil Shaham on the violin did the work full justice. The most impressive of Mozart's violin concertos, it was a delight for the ears, and mind.

Bedrich Smetana is considered the father or Czech music. He paved the way for Antonin Dvorak to raise the style to the heights of its international renown. His most important orchestral work, Ma viast (My Homeland), is a cycle of six symphonic poems. They depict the legends, landscapes, and the indomitable spirit of his people, those of the Czech Republic. The second section of the cycle is the most familiar, but the others are equally impressive.

The performance was accompanied by photochoreography by James Westwater and Nicholas Bardonnay, co-commissioned by the TSO and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, had been used previously in Scotland. A tour through the Czech Republic, in keeping with the music, it added greatly to our appreciation of the music.

Peter Oundjian is in the first season of his musical directorship of The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and his contract as musical director of the TSO until 2017 has just been confirmed. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is a brilliant, international orchestra, and it was such a pleasure to hear it conducted by its own Music Director.

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