That effervescent sound will spring you from the bed in the morning with such force you will have brushed your teeth, made the coffee, packed a sandwich and possibly painted the kitchen within its first five minutes. It's that infectious. And that fast.
Fortunately, not a note was lost in the clarion theme that identifies the sunniest symphony ever written, and the insistent heraldry of the horns and woodwinds was commanding here. Further in, with Abbado lavishing close attention on each section, the performance jelled into the nearly visual blitz of the Beautiful Country Mendelssohn so enjoyed.
If those who attend the same program at the Artis--Naples Friday night (
Hadelich, in his sophomore appearance here, was guest artist for the
In fact, Abbado was the perfect choice for this concerto as well. The nephew of the late conductor Claudio Abbado, Roberto is a go-to conductor for opera as well as symphony.
Still, many of us had seen Hadelich nearly burn up his Stradivarius on the Brahms Violin Concerto in
The joy of Hadelich's performance is not only his meteoric -- that's too slow a description -- speed, but his appreciation for the structure and intent of the piece. When the crowd finally exhaled and jumped to its feet, few thought long enough to shout bravo -- we all just cheered.
The concert opened with
The fragments were certainly in there, and there were some dreamy sonic seascapes and tantalizing harmonic statements. But this probably held more charm before Disney co-opted the celesta for "Peter Pan" and created all those subterranean movie musicals.
The work was too much of the same, veering close to a soundtrack with an animated mermaid and fish.
And a question
To those people who were dashing for the door, right down the aisle and in front of the orchestra the second it finished the final work: Where are you going in such a hurry? These people have just worked their fingers, arms and lungs off for your entertainment over the last two hours, and it's incredibly rude to do that to them. I don't think I was the only one mortified at that behavior; to stay and applaud would have slurped up all of two more minutes.
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