Payare Montreal Symphony Offers Spectacular Mahler
It’s only been a few days since the Vienna Philharmonic’s extraordinary performance of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8. On Wednesday night the Orchester Symphonique de Montreal and conductor Raphael Payre arrived at Carnegie Hall with pianists Yefim Bronfman and Dorothy Chiang, Bartók and Mahler’s music. , It was nothing but a double whammy of lightning, as another great orchestra was visiting New York City and giving some of the most spectacular performances in memory.
Preprise opened the night at its New York premiere
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Chiang’s Precipice opened the night at its New York premiere. The delicate, quiet atmosphere of its opening, with its astringent dissonances, reflects a musically dominant aspect of the orchestra. How well can such a large ensemble play music that is low in dynamics and that demands concentrated vocals for its effects? Illuminating Chiang’s masterful orchestration. This was a great opener for OSM, showing off the play of colors and subtleties.
Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 2
They can pay more attention to Bartok and Mahler. Two geniuses for sure, but whose concepts and means of working with volatility were unique. On Wednesday night, OSM played Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Bronfman playing two of his masterpieces, and after intermission, the orchestra played Mahler’s Symphony No. 5.
public consciousness today even though Bronfman
Both of these were amazing performances, the way one gets carried away by the music. Let go of any previous experience of music for the thrilling, spontaneous feeling that it was happening in the moment. Bronfman may not be as prominent in the public consciousness today as Daniil Trifonov, Yuza Wang or Igor Levitt, but he is one of the finest living pianists, and his playing in concert was incredible.
Playing this way demanded an encore, and Bronfman played Chopin’s Nocturne No. 2 in E-flat, Op. 9. Again, the touch was beautiful, and his articulation was clear and simple, allowing the listener to choose the weight to add to the music.
Between the conductor and the orchestra in a Mahler symphony
Pyare is in his first season as music director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and the collaborative spirit between conductor and orchestra in the Mahler symphony was that of a seasoned relationship. Pyare is a dynamic presence on the podium, physically active and attentive to detail, sometimes even outspoken, in a way that can be too much too soon. But in this performance, it looked perfect.