Friday, April 25, 2014

TSO: Thursday, March 27 2014

The concert began with Ludwig van Beethoven's Overture to Fidelio, Op.72. Conducted by Hugh Wolff, this was a lively exposition of this work.

Sieidl: Concerto for Solo Percussion and Orchestra, was composed by Kalevi Aho in 2012. It is thoroughly modern, although the inspiration lies in Lapland. "Sieidl" means "cult place", in Sami, the language of Lapland. The performance is extremely demanding for the soloist as he plays eleven different percussion instruments, beginning with a djembe solo, ending with a tamtam cadenza that marks the turning point, when the soloist works back across the stage, playing each instrument in turn again. It was a highly exciting piece, with the orchestra and soloists creating new musical sounds, and a new experience for the audience. The audience gave them a well-deserved standing ovation.

After the interval, the orchestra played Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op,61, by Robert Shumann. This is a lovely work, and the orchestra played it extremely well. It begins softly and sadly, but ends joyfully and triumphantly.

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