Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Dunkle Schoenheit: SOL GABETTA, ARVO VOLMER (07.06.2012, Konzerthaus Berlin)

Konzerthausorchester Berlin
Arvo Volmer
Sol Gabetta
Arvo Pärt Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten 
Dmitri Schostakowitsch Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester Nr. 2 g-Moll op. 126 
Antonín Dvořák Sinfonie Nr. 8 G-Dur op. 88

A very wonderful night started once the orchestra hit the first note of "Cantus". You already know than, that's the whole concert is more like a body of work, a collection of songs in purpose, "dark beauty" as the title of the concert implies. As time reached the end of the season, it's also the last concert for Sol Gabetta as Artist in Residence of our Konzerthaus. Which means the end of quite a wonderful time, since I don't really get excited for their choice next year, Julia Fischer. Anyway, Shostakowitsch No. 2 is a piece no longer strange to Gabetta. In 2008 she released an album containing the piece featuring Munich Philharmoniker. It was superb, winning an ECHO Award a year later. Hearing her performing this piece live, you'll get the sense of her love of the piece. Rarely promoted as his ' older sibling', the piece becomes a tool of virtuos on the hands of Sol Gabetta. Sol Gabetta closed her performance by doing a solo cello on the song 'The Prayer'. 

Arvo Volmer in my opinion did a very good job. I can still recall the performance of Dvořák's No. 8 that night. It was very smart and full of instinct. One thing that saddened me, is his focus on always talking about the finance of concert houses in his residency, Australia, rather than giving us an inspiring musical talk during the interview after the concert. This is a huge turn-off for me. Because at the same time, Gabetta involved very very willingly on the talk and shared her healthy point of view about 'virtuos intrepreter' being a part of the orchestra during a performance. Which is also the reason why she couldn't just leave the stage without an encore. This is an example for all. And I mean, for all of you, musicians who left the stage leaving the audience unsatisfied, pretending you're not a star interpreter and when didn't come to see you.

Rating: 9/10

Praise Gabetta!!

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