Review: Conductor Xian Zhang conjures passion and power from Minnesota Orchestra

2022-05-14 12:56:05 –

conductor Shan Jiang I remember the fierce storm that blew through the Twin Cities on Wednesday night. Throwing her whole body into the leader of the orchestra, she is a mass of relentless movement, swirling and sweeping the podium range, like a rolling pot about to boil, dancing on the stove.

This is an understandable approach to Russian romantic Peter Tchaikovsky’s music. His score was filled with waves of sound and emotion that increasingly demanded the passion and power of the orchestra.

Zhang got what she was looking for at the Minneapolis Orchestra Hall on Friday night.Leading the Minnesota Orchestra Mainly programs of the romantic era, She amplified her energy and responded with a performance that sounded like the musician was straining the boundaries of emotional expressiveness. Their Tchaikovsky was all id, lacking ingenuity and affection, and was a lot of fun.

In addition to that, the performance of Knock It Out of the Park, a flute concerto by the Danish composer Carl Nielsen-a piece rooted in Romanticism but on the path to modernism-and you are this A guest conductor who has a great showcase of the ability to adapt to everything in the orchestra.

The most intriguing work may have been its latest. A week after premiering a new piece by seven composers at the annual composer institute concert, the orchestra gained its insight in 21st century music with the string orchestra “L’Eloignement” by Chinese and French composer Qigang Chen. I continued to show off at.

A layered piece of strength and beauty that requires only four different instruments: violin, viola, cello and bass, it is divided into 19 groups, moving scales up and down, exchanging themes and making rhythmic sounds. Dotted with extraordinary solos (especially by concertmaster Erin Keefe), it was a deeply involved work.

The Nielsen Concerto is much more playful and finds flutist Adam Kuenzel in lively conversations with musicians throughout the orchestra. It was a demanding piece that asked the flutist to pack a lot of notes into the 18-minute music, and Quentzel made it wonderfully musical. Nielsen often has a short span of attention and seems to repeatedly introduce new themes, but his flute concerto benefits from the energetic spirit that Quentzel has highlighted.

The most well-known piece of the program was a series of scenes from Tchaikovsky’s ballet “The Sleeping Beauty”, but to hear it played with a more honest urgency and lack of tension. Rarely. It was carried out with great care, and Zhang was delighted to see, especially during the engrossing Adagio.

Tchaikovsky’s “Franchesca da Rimini” is a symphonic fantasy inspired by the story of Dante’s “Divine Comedy”. He was a composer influenced by Richard Wagner of the “ring” cycle that Tchaikovsky recently experienced, rather than the romantic of the late model seen in “The Sleeping Beauty”.

Bass and trombone provide problematic tones not found in most Tchaikovsky. This is a quest for beauty aside by dark rumination, befitting a story about the torture of the cursed. But especially the intermissions of Gabriel Campos Samora’s meditative clarinet and some gorgeous strings summoned by seemingly windswept tensions that seemed properly exhausted at the end of the concert are beautiful. ..

Minnesota Orchestra
Co-star: Conductor Shan Jean and flutist Adam Kuenzel
Content: Works by Qigang Chen, Carl Neilsen, Peter Tchaikovsky
When: Saturday 8 pm
Location: Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, MPLS.
Tickets: $ 99- $ 30, 612-371-5656 or minnesotaorchestra.org

Rob Hubbard is a Twin Cities classical music writer. wordhub@yahoo.com..

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