The concert on Nov. 15 was headed by TSO conductor Peter Oundjian and in addition to featuring Mr. Crow, had guest pianist Andre Laplante, and guest cellist Shauna Rolston, Canadian's all! However, before the Beethoven, there was a piece by Pierre Mercure called "Triptyque". Written in 1959 it was pretty good for contemporary music. I'd like to see the score and actually compare the opening Adagio with the concluding Adagio since the final one is the exact reversal of the first, or retrograde in musical terms.
The evening concluded with the not often played Shostakovich "Symphony No. 12" subtitled "The Year 1917". I've heard recordings of Symphony No. 11 and found it emotionally exhausting with the heavy and sad subject matter. No. 12 used a few of the same themes and while the slow movements were smooth and mesmerizing I liked the finale. The power that crashed over you with 8 basses, 5 horns, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, 3 oboes, 3 bassoons, loud timpani and cymbals, and a full compliment of violins, violas, and celli all playing at the same time was thrilling. It also woke me up enough for the drive back home. It was a great conclusion to a long day. Thanks WholeNote!
|Full stage and full house, great to see|