9/15/2012 Review by John Bridges

ASHEVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

MASTERWORKS 1 • OPENING NIGHT: SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE

Daniel Meyer, conductor

Chee-Yun, violin

Saturday, September 15, 2012 • 8:00 pm
Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
Asheville, North Carolina

– Review –

Manuel de Falla’s familiar “Ritual Fire Dance” from the ballet “El amor brujo” (Love, the Magician) was Conductor Daniel Meyer’s selection for opening the 52nd season of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. Often performed as a piano solo, the orchestra’s performance was enthusiastic and characteristic of the Spanish idiom.

Next, Chee-Yun was the soloist for Alexander Glazunov’s “Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82”. She identified strongly with the style of the music and brought a special sweetness to its various themes. Her efforts earned hearty applause from a capacity audience. As a reward, she played Fritz Kreisler’s “Recitativo and Scherzo”.

Hector Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14” was the featured selection of the evening. The length of the work, the reflection of the literary sources of the text, and the monumental musical imagination of Berlioz combine to make it the composer’s most famous work. While the program notes were a necessary aid in the understanding and appreciation of the work in its fullness, the Asheville Symphony played the score with intelligence and expert mastery.

by John Bridges

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