Reviews: Musicians perform effective concerts
February 5, 2013
Michael McCraw, from the Early Music Institute, conducted Sunday afternoon’s IU Classical Orchestra concert in Auer, one devoted to music of the Classical Age’s supreme composers, Haydn and Mozart.
He chose works written when Haydn was a young man and Mozart was a teen. Haydn’s “Alleluia” Symphony, the Number 30 in C Major, is a genial, sunny piece that McCraw and the orchestra treated that very way and, stylistically, as one presumes folks heard it back in the 1760s: transparently and buoyantly.
Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto, K.191, composed when he was 18, is the only one extant for that instrument. Jacobs student Kelsey Andrew Schilling chose it for his appearance with the orchestra and, throughout its reading, controlled that elongated, seemingly awkward instrument masterfully. He allowed no burps or wows or dubious notes to sneak out and mar a tidy performance that rightfully and prominently highlighted the felicities and jollies in the score.
Soprano Lindsey McLennan joined the orchestra for Mozart’s effusive “Exultate, jubilate,” the well-known work of a 16-year-old, one that ends with the famous “Alleluja.” McLennan negotiated all its intricacies, while also exuding the spirit of a message that urges the listener to “Rejoice, be glad, O you blessed souls.”
Conductor McCraw saw to it that his Classical Orchestra forces, whether working alone or in collaboration with a soloist, produced sweetly distilled sounds of their own.
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