Concert Criticism



AnInspirational Folk- Themed Classical Music

TheCecilia concerts presented a marvelous concert consisting ofclassical music by Giora Schimidt Violin and Siberia Jean. The2015-2016 concert was directed by Anzolini on Thursday 15thOctober at 7.30 pm. The venue was at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. Itwas surprising to note that despite the beauty of pieces played andthe excellent performance delivered by the soloist and orchestraLevinson (violin) and Wood (Soprano) the concert was under-attended.Approximately three quarters of the hall was empty. The reason forthis low attendance can be explained by the fact that theorganization of the concert was done at the middle of the week. Itis, therefore, hard to get majority of classical music fan at thisperiod because they are still at their various work stations (Doleac,2015).

Theconcert was opened by Giora Schimidt Violin and Bernhard Gueller whodid the first dance. Violin was dressed in fashionably and admirableattire that matched the event. The piece of presentation performed byViolin was an inspiration of two folk tunes that had been composed bya Czech citizen while travelling in different part of Lachia. Theypieces vividly described Lachian impressive landscapes and physicalfeatures in the land. Lachia is region where majority of inhabitantsparticipate in traditional ceremonies, therefore, music is a verysignificant to the natives of the land (Doleac, 2015). The tunes inthe presentation were a mix of combination between the traditionalwedding and a kerchief dance. They were played in harmonious mannerto produce a well-balanced piece. Overall, Violin’s did a goodperformance of the indigenous dance and also the techniques done werealmost perfect. However, the piece was dry without arousing audienceemotions compared to subsequent pieces that were performed. The dancelooked like a warm up piece that sounded tense. It was meant to setthe mood and pace for the upcoming presentations[CITATION Ben14 l 1033 ].

Thesecond piece on stage was introduced by Sibelius Jean. This piece ofmusic originally had been composed by Rhapsody for piano and violin.However, Ravel had fine-tuned the piece after its first successfulperformance. On this day Ravel orchestrated the part that involvedpiano yielding a remarkable performance that rejuvenated the moods ofthe audience. This piece presented by Tzigane had been inspired bygypsies tunes and Hungarian folk-tunes. Though it features werecaptivating, it had a difficult violin part that only requiredexpertise of the talented Rachel Levinson to handle it brilliantly.Indeed, the vocalist gave an expressive presentation, displayingoutstanding virtuosity and technique. The orchestra blended dissonantchords with bass line to harmonically support the violin part. Ingeneral, this piece was very entertaining and pleasurable due to theoutstanding presentation that lifted the spirit of the audience.

Aftera brief intermission, Bernhard’s4thSymphony followed. This was the heftiest part of the whole programbecause the piece lasted for more than one hour. There was none ofthe presentation that took such long period than this during thewhole concert. Moreover, it was the first presentation that involvedmovements. Generally such a long symphony may become uninterested,however, in this concert it was among the most beautiful symphoniesof the day orchestrated by Bernhard. This was showed by the excellentperformance of the MITSO (Massachusetts Institute of TechnologySymphony Orchestra). A notable feature of this sonata was the mix ofthe music notes. They were a mix of both woodwinds and lyrical themesthat were repeated at regular intervals in unpredictable shifting ofthe keys. However, the tonal variation of this piece of the music wasvery strong, hence apparent comprehensibility. Another feature ofthis part of the symphony noted was the part involving complexorchestration featuring different percussion instruments.Additionally, the longest part involved use of wind instruments.Despite all this seemingly setback the movement of the piece was morejoyful and refreshing. Indeed, spectator’s energy level spiked upduring the presentation of this lyrics.

Nextperformance was a piece of music that looked like a classicalScherzo. It was second piece that involved a lot of movement and itwas very tense. Its melodious line was hard to follow. The piece wasintroduced by a short leitmotif that was answered by the violins,which had begun by a very poetic passage. Initially, this piece ofmusic sounded like a slow moving lyric, however, at interval onecould detect the unpredictably changes in the dynamics and tempofollowed by an abrupt end that reminded the audience of the featuresof a scherzo (Doleac, 2015). The third movement symphony followingthe scherzo-like classical was next in for presentation. Thoughinvolving a lot of movement the piece was not only beautiful but alsoaroused emotions among the audience. The melody started with thebasses followed by gradual amplification by the orchestra in a waythat created a magical and serene environment, leaving the audienceamazed. The middle part of this theme was contrasting with theinitial part creating tension that disappeared after the earliermelody was restored. The ending of this work of art featured anunexpected outburst of E major (such movement are often found in Gmajor), which forestalled the brilliance at the ending of theconcerto.

Finalpresentation featured a symphony involving movement. It wascharacterized by a soprano part enthused by a folk tune “Wunderhorn”that gives revelations of joys to be experienced at heaven. The musicwas uncomplicated because it followed the lyrics of the initial tuneclosely, thus ending in a way that left the audience refreshed andsatisfied. Pamela Wood the finalist of the concert ensured that shedelivered a remarkable performance full of color and passion. Herexcellent voice gave the symphony the weight it deserved for thefinal presentation. Once again the emotions and moods of the audiencewere aroused by her voice, leading to a refreshing and anentertaining moment (Doleac, 2015). Overall, the entire orchestradirected by Anzolini, delivered an exceptional performance ofMahler’s 4th Symphony. The whole concert was impressive andenjoyable. One of the notable characteristics of all the performerswho performed each of the symphonies in this concert was that theymaintained a conversational intimacy with the spectators. To anybodythat in one way or another failed to turn up for the concert I willrecommend next time they purpose to attend so as not to miss such amemorable moment. The only recommendation that I will make is thatnext such a concert is being organized should be on a weekend toallow as many audience to attend.


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Concert Criticism


Thereare people with different likings as well as different tastes, andpeople would like to be on what makes them happy. The course focuseson ensuring one can analyze one special aspect of life and in thiscase that is the classical concerts that are held for the lovers ofthe genre. Many would castigate the performances, but those whounderstand the beauty of the illustrations would beg to differ sincethey savor the beauty of each moment spent at the performances.Classical music has always been known to be an organized as well as asophisticated affair in which the best tunes are churned out tosoothe the hearts and souls of the listeners.

Thetwo concerts under consideration the Spectacular Sibelius that isunder the captainship of Giora Schmidt and the Mozart Requiem, whichis under the leadership of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The two concertscan be termed as the best in their field since each was structureddifferently and was meant to bring out some appeal and to pull theaudience into the piece. Sitting in between the lovers of theclassical, one could tell that they were enchanted by the tunes thatwere being churned out. The audience at the Sibelius seemed to bemore engaged as they reacted to every part of the music and eachpitch that appealed to them was greeted with applauses. At theMozart, the audience was engaged from the aspect of being silent andappreciating each note in the music.

TheSibelius was done by a combination of individuals who complementedeach other to ensure that they were to come up with the best tunethat would carry the night. Under the leadership of Giora Schmidt,the group was able to follow his steps to ensure that they were ableto live to the expectations of the audience. The group, in this case,was composed of Bernhard Gueller, who was the conductor and wasexpected to ensure that all the pieces fell into place to ensure theconcert was a success. The other figure was Giora Schmidt himselfsince he was doing the violin and that he was able to deliver thebest tunes that were to calm the audience and make them enjoy thenight. The performance is also incorporated Jean Sibelius, who wasthe featured composer and was to do the symphony. The piece was oneof the major acts of the night that would make the people feel thetrue nature of the classical music.

Thesecond concert was more detailed as compared to the first since itwas composed of more acts. The increase in the number of peopleinvolved in delivering the show is because the show was based more onthe vocal aspect of the classical music as opposed to the use ofinstruments such as the violin to deliver the message. The Mozart wasto be made up of individuals such as Jean-Philippe Tremblay, who wasthe conductor for the night and had the responsibility of making sureall parts came together nicely. It also had Nathalie Paulin, who wason the soprano as well as Anita Krause on the Alto. The other actsincluded Adam Luther on the tenor, Nathaniel Watson on the baritoneand Nova Scotia on the symphony. The classical would not have beendelivered completely without the help of the Halipax CamerataSingers, who were involved so as to bring in the chorus and were ledby Jeff Joudrey as the chorus master. The main act of the night whowas Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart took part in delivering the Requiemmassin D minor, and that can be said to be the epitome of greatnessand the true embodiment of the classical music.

Theperformances in the first concert were more synthetic oriented and assuch lacked the originality of the classical music. That is becausemany aspects of the night felt detached from the atmosphere that wasexpected. The use of the musical instruments was unable to deliver asexpected since people would have wished to experience moreoriginality regarding seeing what the composers could do. Theoriginality of the classical music resides in being able to deliverthe very sophisticated music at a level where the audience can engagewith it and feel the sensation of it all through. The second concertwas more of a classical as compared to the first since it had thehuman touch and appeal. The acts in it were able to show howdifferent voices can be connected to ensure that they were able todeliver the full force of the classical. The content in the music wasabout the theme and being able to bring all the pieces, and thedifferent voices into one were truly magical. The second performancecan be said to have delivered more on the classical music as opposedto the first which was more of a generic version.