Symphony Review: Sublime opener launches Mozaic
James Cushing, San Luis Obispo Tribune, July 19th, 2010
See, Dallas Morning News, this is how you do a review title for a festival.
Whether you think of it as Festival Mozaic or The San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, 2010 marks the 40th year of this annual bounty.
Way to go Fesitval Mozart Festival guys. 40 years is a lot!
If Thursday’s sublime opening concert was any indication, this summer might be the most adventurous music festival in recent memory.
Sublime adventure? Interesting. What's on the concert?
Two ambitious chamber works by Rachmaninoff and a wild ride by Polish modernist Witold Lutoslawski left the opening night’s near-capacity audience at the Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts Center with a lot to think about and feel grateful for.
Ooh. I love Lutoslawski. And it's wild! How very exciting.
We’ve come to expect intelligent programming from Music Director Scott Yoo,...
The piece, scored for piano, violin and cello,...
Cellist Trevor Handy, familiar to Festival Mozaic audiences,...
Uh-huh. [skimming some more...]
In the last movement,...
Last? Well, that means we're surely getting close now...I can feel it.
The second half of the concert explored the two-piano repertoire with Rachmaninoff’s “Suite No. 2 in C major” and Lutoslawski’s wild Paganini variations.
Wild, yes. And...?
The 1901 suite is structured symphonically and maintains an optimistic mood in contrast to the dark sorrows of the trio. The second movement,...
...a waltz, sped along as brightly as it does under the hands of Argerich and Meyer in their celebrated recording.
Surely, the last paragraph will mention something about the wildness of Lutoslawski.
The concert was sponsored by Ron and Ann Alers. The festival continues through Sunday.
Fine. Whatever. I'm sure there's nothing interesting about that piece--like that it was originally composed in 1941 in Nazi-occupied Poland for performance in bars and cafés as a means of financial survival. Or that it's a variation on the last of the famous 24 Caprices by Paganini for unaccompanied violin -- the piece that probably originated the legend of Paganini's deal with the Devil -- which also served as the basis for musical treatments by composers such as Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Szymanowski, and even Andrew Lloyd-freakin'-Webber.
I agree. Wholly uninteresting.
embeddence paganini variations: Witold's Wild Ride.