REVIEW: (HT – Philharmonic) Philharmonic ends on high note

MUSIC REVIEWS: Chimes of Christmas and IU Philharmonic

Philharmonic ends on high note

By Peter JacobiH-T Reviewer
December 7, 2012

The fall orchestra season ended Tuesday night with a splendidly played concert by the IU Philharmonic, on this occasion conducted by someone new to us, David Hayes, whose significant work titles include director of orchestral and conducting studies at the Mannes College of Music in New York, music director of the Philadelphia Singers and member of the conducting staff of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Hayes appeared to fit right into his duties as guest conductor. The orchestra paid him heed, much to the benefit of the repertoire: Alfred Schnittke’s “(K)ein Sommernachtstraum” (“No Summer Night’s Dream”), a send-up of Shakespeare and Early Music that begins with a demure minuet and builds into sour and screechy chaos before returning to how it began; Alexander Glazunov’s A Minor Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, “Pathetique.”

The Schnittke was played with appropriately outsized flair. For the Glazunov, violinist Rena Kimura joined the orchestra. She produced the sweetest and purest of tones with her instrument and drew from a voluptuous score, including an extended and ecstatic cadenza, all the necessary musical colors; hers was a fine performance. Tchaikovsky’s eloquent “Pathetique,” his symphonic farewell, his yearning call for continued life, his reluctant acceptance of death, received a most persuasive reading, during which Maestro Hayes intriguingly reconsidered emphases and tonal fusions in several major themes.

Who knows, but if his visit was meant as an audition for the vacancy that David Effron’s coming retirement will create, he impressed.

Copyright: 2012

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