Saturday, November 05, 2005
Arion - Tra Roma e Napoli
The extracts from the oratorio Il Primo Omicidio were more interesting. It started with a beautiful solo violin part. The orchestra sounded great throughout. The concert could have used more variety in the selection of music.
Autour de la Flûte - autour de Vivaldi
The concert opened with a concerto for quartet plus continuo by Evaristo Felice Dall'abaco, a composer I was not familiar with. It was a pleasant piece, well-played, but not extraordinary. This was followed by a concerto for flute and orchestra by Vivaldi: La Notte. Mika Putterman's playing is lovely. Her tone is pure and strong. Despite this, there were times when the other musicians overpowered her.
Pieces in the concert were interspersed with a solo flute rendition of "le Printemps" from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, which was arranged by Jean-Jacques Rousseau. While it was beautifully played, I did not particularly like the arrangement. I missed the variety of textures of the string quartet and having just a melody instrument left holes in sections of the piece. That said - I was impressed with Mika's playing. Her fast passages sounded like more than one instrument was playing because of the different colours of the registers. I think this is probably an interesting piece to play, but it is not necessarily a concert piece.
This is a well balanced ensemble. I particularly liked the playing by the cellist, Karen Kaderavek in the Vivaldi Concerto for flute and orchestra. She provides a punchy continuo line.
I enjoyed the second concerto (no. 7 in C major) by Dall'abaco more than the first. It was nice to watch the interplay between the muscians. There was a tremendous sense of communication between the parts.
I am so impressed with Mika Putterman's playing. In the Vivaldi concerto for piccolo and orchestra in D major she played on a baroque piccolo. She creates a nice bright sound, each note clear and ringing. It is nice to know we have so many gifted young musicians in Montreal. I have lots of musical soirees to look forward to.