Sunday, July 3, 2011

REVIEW: Midori with HKPO

Cultural Centre Concert Hall, Saturday June 25

After going to all three installments of the Tchaikovsky Festival, I have to say that this has to be my favorite.

Midori, the featured soloist of the Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35, took a very thoughtful and poetic approach to the concerto. She charted through the 1st movement in an unusual lyrical way that gave the feeling of huge emotions being withheld. While this may be very unexpected and a tad unconventional, it made a lot of sense (at least to me) when heard and considered together with the 2nd and 3rd movement. The 2nd was personal and intimate, while the 3rd was an outburst of focused force and impish relish, bringing the finale to an abandonment of kept passion. HKPO, led by Edo de Waart offered a most genial accompaniment.

The Symphony No. 5 in E minor has the same DNA as the previous week’s No. 4. The 1st movement started beautifully somber and proceeded with caressing fluidity. De Waart made the most of the famous 2nd movement, careful not to drag but instead pushing it along therefore making the whole treatment more passionate. By the time 3rd and the 4th movement came in, HKPO was in full swing and in particular, the finale was rendered with immediacy that created the much-needed dramatic bite.


Tchaikovsky Festival: Midori's Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
25 & 26 June 2011, Fri & Sat 8PM
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall

TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Violin: Midori
Conductor: Edo de Waart

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