The New World Symphony ended its season Saturday with one other online-only live performance, with plans for a return to reside live shows within the fall.
Social-distancing restrictions have been mirrored within the live performance’s give attention to works for small teams and a Classical-sized orchestra. However subsequent season, the ensemble will balloon again to symphonic proportions, with the October 9 season opener that includes Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer and Schumann’s Symphony No. 1.
The live performance–the stream of which began quarter-hour late–used the providers of three conductors and opened with Mozart’s Serenade No. 12 in C minor for winds. Classical serenades are sometimes gentle, garden-party music. However the occasion that Mozart envisioned gave the impression of a fairly stern affair, judging from the work’s minor-key melodies, strict counterpoint and formal tone.
Beneath conductor Matthias Pintscher, the New World musicians gave a efficiency that was tonally wealthy, finely balanced and stuffed with vigor and character. Within the opening Allegro, after the darkish opening melody, the musicians introduced the gentler second theme to a swelling climax. A spotlight all through was the enjoying of oboist Victoria Chung, whose efficiency was marked by expressive phrasing and gleaming tone.
The counterpoint of the Menuetto got here off with readability and compact energy. There was a restraint to the enjoying within the ultimate Allegro, giving the somber melodies an understated pressure and exhibiting how a lot dramatic area there may be within the dynamic vary between piano and mezzo-forte. Notably efficient have been the bassoons, whose busy accompaniment gave the work a lot of its texture.
The live performance included the U.S. premiere of a 2020 work by the younger Slovenian composer Nina Šenk, a former pupil of Matthias Pintscher. Titled da kehrte die Ruhe ein (after which got here peace), the work was carried out by Scott Leger on horn, Morgen Low on trumpet and Arno Tri Pramudia on trombone.
Utilizing mutes, the devices created a wa-wa sound as a solemn pedal level beneath notes by the opposite devices. In distinction to the fluent melodies of the Mozart serenade, with its hundreds of notes, this sluggish and atmospheric work handled the arrival of each new be aware as an occasion. Every tone or pair of tones moved the work alongside, with the listener invited to savor every new growth of the music because it traversed its austere course.
Subsequent got here the Symphony No. 1 in G main, Op. 11 by the 18th-century composer Joseph Boulogne. The son of a Caribbean sugar planter and considered one of his slaves, Boulogne is taken into account classical music’s first important black composer. Boulogne was referred to with what many noticed because the demeaning nickname “the Black Mozart.”
Boulogne’s model does have the buoyancy of a Mozart or Haydn symphony with piquant rhythms and clear orchestration. That type of scoring transparency may be cruel in exposing weak enjoying, however the New World musicians beneath conductor Chad Goodman gave a taut, in-tune and vigorous efficiency.
After the crisp Classical works and otherworldly modern music, Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll was an efficient distinction, with its stream of heat romantic melody. Composed as a birthday current for his spouse Cosima, the work finds Wagner in an uncharacteristically mild temper.
From the start, when the easy opening melody blossoms into full Wagnerian sensuality, Pintscher led a efficiency that left not one of the work’s ardour understated. However whereas the musicians introduced out the work’s heat and turbulence, the piece by no means misplaced its intimate tone, and Pintscher stored the dynamics to proportions that might not have sounded misplaced at its authentic premiere on the staircase exterior Cosima’s room.
Robert Spano, music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, led an eight-member ensemble of wind, brass and a double-bass in Edgard Varèse’s Octandre, a 1923 work composed earlier than the digital music for which the composer would change into finest recognized.
Eerie solo melodies, shrieking dissonances and dense chords marked the work. Spano led a well-paced efficiency of this difficult music, emphasizing the dramatic clashes and contrasts between solo traces, moments of silence and crashing chords.
The New World Symphony’s 2021-22 season opens October 9 with Michael Tilson Thomas main a program that includes Gordon Getty’s Overture to Plump Jack, Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 and Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer with baritone soloist Dashon Burton. nws.edu
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