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The type was informal class at Roy Thomson Corridor final evening, and the temper buoyant. Again from a multi-city tour by way of Ottawa, Montreal, New York and Chicago, the tireless TSO members have been charged and prepared for extra stellar performances. This week’s program options Sir Andrew Davis, Conductor Laureate and Principal Conductor of the TSO from 1975-1988 and certainly one of Canada’s foremost live performance pianists, Louis Lortie.
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As a pre-concert appetizer, Lortie spoke about and performed Alban Berg’s Piano Sonata, Op. 1 (consisting of 1 motion). It was a teaser to the orchestral association by Sir Andrew Davis that adopted later within the night. The TSO Chamber Soloist, Claire Semes, violin, Yolanda Bruno, violin, Remi Pelletier, viola and Emmanuelle Beaulieu-Bergeron, affiliate principal cello carried out Anton von Webern’s Langsamer Satz, for string quartet. Each works are of the identical late romantic type, carried out with heartfelt dedication.
The primary program comprised Mozart & Rachmaninoff. Maestro Davis acquired a royal homecoming as he entered the stage. It was an actual delight to listen to Berg’s Piano Sonata, op. 1 within the format orchestrated by Davis and to look at his arms hint the contours of sound and form the pictures, elicit the tone, dynamics, phrasing and tempo. His orchestration reaches effectively past the potential of Berg’s unique solo piano model, loosely analogous to colourization of a black and white movie.
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The Berg/Davis association was adopted by Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Main, Okay. 488. Lortie delivered it with ease and sleek class. The concerto is a joyful however difficult to play effectively due to its misleading air of simplicity. The gorgeous collection of tempo and stability of rubato delivered to thoughts Goldilocks and the Three Bears– not too quick, not too sluggish, good.
The second half of this system was devoted to Rachmaninoff. The primary work, an orchestral association of Rachmaninoff’s vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14, had an intimate, chamber music really feel to it. In distinction, the second work Symphonic Dances, (Op. 45), supplied a strong orchestral turnout to help the enchanting melodic and rhythmic turns of phrase. The night was, total, a welcome alternative to get reacquainted with instrumentation much less incessantly heard, reminiscent of, saxophone, oboe d’amore, and celeste.
A number of standing ovations despatched the viewers homeward sure into the winds of the Toronto snowstorm, ears ringing with the cheers, stomping ft and the blissful sounds of an exquisite night with mates.