His appearance as guest conductor of the
The concert opened with one of the most popular pieces of the baroque era,
The concert program booklet is worth reading for the Vivaldi because it wisely includes the four sonnets Vivaldi printed in the score, which indicated precisely what the music illustrates -- from Spring's joyful arrival to birds and streams and a faithful dog.
Choi played with impressive virtuosity at some extremely fast tempi. Her lyricism was nicely poised and never romantic.
The symphony string section, which was reduced in size for this baroque music, played with stunning virtuosity and body of sound. Sometimes it was too much, leaving little room for the soloist to shine.
McGegan conducted from the harpsichord, though what little playing he did could hardly be heard in the vast expanse of Heinz Hall.
The concert became even more impressive in the second half because the often hyperkinetic music making of the Vivaldi was shed in favor of a more balanced yet no less decisive approach.
The Chaconne from Wolfgang Amadeus
McGegan led a joyously musical performance combining a stylishly rich sonority, beautifully judged tempi and a naturally expressive style which was free of eccentricity. The second movement featured many wonderful solos by the concertmaster and principal winds, all perfectly set with their accompaniment.
This concert will be repeated at
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