"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
LONDON MOZART PLAYERS
Mozart Players at the Civic Theatre
very popular concert to start the season, with a programme of
favourites and one of this country's finest pianists at the helm.
from the Japanese piano, Howard Shelley gave a bright, lively
performance of the familiar Grieg concerto. As he points out, it's
easier to keep this repertoire fresh if you're conducting as well as
playing, and there was certainly no hint of staleness here: an
imposing opening, followed by a jaunty development and a very rich
cadenza. The instrumental introduction to the Adagio was played with
a beautifully blended orchestral palette, the piano entry finely
the Grieg we heard Mozart's Don Giovanni Overture, performed with
very positive attack and dramatic urgency. And after it, the
celebratory euphoria of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony. Pleasing to
hear the various voices so distinctly; the playful Vivace followed by
an energetic Allegretto, with a thrillingly muscular Allegro con Brio
bonus was the informative, and witty, pre-concert talk, including
Spohr's reminiscence of playing the Symphony under Beethoven's baton,
and Mozart writing his overture the night before the performance,
kept going by pots of ale and the gossip of friends.
next concert, in February, features Sinfonia Viva in Schubert, Haydn