Tuesday, January 31, 2012

V. Abonnement-Konzert: Staatskapelle Berlin, Pietari Inkinen, Hilary Hahn (30.01.2012, Philharmonie)

V. Abonemment Konzert
Staatskapelle Berlin 

Pietari Inkinen  Dirigent

Hilary Hahn  Violine

Béla Bartók

Divertimento für Streichorchester Sz 113 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Violinkonzert Nr. 4 D-Dur KV 218
Jean Sibelius

Symphonie Nr. 5 Es-Dur op. 82

First of all, the reason I came to this concert is Hilary Hahn. I don't ask for more. I just wanted to see her play one or two nice tunes, maybe got bored for the rest of the concert, and then went home with a feeling "I saw Hilary Hahn!!! Tell the world..." while my stomach screamed for food due to cold weather of winter. But, I got more!
I only want to praise this time, so I praise.

Tonight's conductor: Pietari Inkinen - is an (mark my words) ideal young conductor at his top. Not the best, not Karajan, I know, I know. But young and ideal. So if you heard many exciting bowing, lively plucking, intensive drums, well don't be so mad. This Finnish conductor and violinist is a graduate from Sibelius Academy and  Hochschule für Musik Köln. Just turned 31 (so young...), he is now the second music director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (so wow...). And they said, the young the dumb ones. Eat that!
I really love his interpretation of Bartok and Sibelius'. They are very lively and full of excitement. Well, I must admit sometimes all this 'mixing' and 'experimenting' doesn't sound very good combined. But the whole concert is still beyond good, although still not beyond words.
Did I mention that he used to be in a rock band?
Now, meet the second awesome person of the night:

Hilary Hahn. American. Violinist. Most wanted. International. Provoking. Shocking. And more of those kinds of words to describe her career. She is truly innovative and if you don't believe me, google her and her tons of projects.
Tonight I saw a class act shown by Ms. Hahn on stage. Paying attention to every single member of the orchestra while waiting for her part and enjoying every single note of the piece. When she was given the flower bouquet, she plucked one and gave it to the principal violinist of Staatskapelle. Hmm, nice touch for the audience's eyes. 
By the way, Hahn is the audience's main attention during Mozart's Violinkonzert. Her interpretation of the work is very nice, although it's not ground-breaking or whatever to prevent the end of the world. 
Plus, during the break, fans (or sudden fans, like me) could get her autograph. Not having her CD, I decided to ask her autograph on my ticket. And I got it. *Happy and satisfied*

Move on - let's talk about the program. Titled as the fifth subscription-concert, the concert doesn't have clear musical background or theme, other than: it's for those rich people who paid the money once every year in June for a few concerts with superstar guests in the following year.
Even so, each piece seems to stand on its own and doesn't need to have such similarity in theme to be played in a single repertoire. Mozart's Violinkonzert Nr. 4 is the most famous among other Violinkonzerts that he wrote during his early years in Salzburg. Although actually often encouraged by his own father to train his violin play, Mozart later made more concerts for pianos (as we know) in Vienna and never looked back - never wrote a concert piece for violin anymore. 
Much modern pieces performed tonight are Bartok's Divertimento for String Orchetra and Sibelius' Symphonie Nr. 5Paul Sacher, a Swiss conductor, patron, impresario, and the founder of the Basel Chamber Orchestra (Basler Kammerorchester), commissioned Bartók to compose the Divertimento, which is finished in two weeks in the middle of his personal struggles to leave his home country, Hungary, which was under the reign of Nazi. Tonight's performance of the piece is quite energetic and lively, watching these wonderful strings moved all together is simply a beauty. 
Sibelius was commissioned to write this Symphony Nr. 5 by the Finnish government in honor of his 50th birthday, which had been declared a national holiday. For this modern interpretation, Inkinen used the orchestra in its full force, actually more than what's required for its original version. But the result is simply fantastic. After a few minutes of grand-intense strings and drums in the third movement, the six chords came (Sibelius' original idea and trademark of this piece) and closed the night. 
Clap your hands now!

As a bonus, you can watch Hahn performing the exact same piece (in another occasion) below:

Inkinen's interpretation is a little more lively than the man's in video above (whoever he is) - in my opinion. 

Rating: 8.5/10

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