Post-Beethoven

Well, Saturday was another lovely concert. Congrats to the Korean Canadian Symphony Orchestra on 25 years! What a celebration it was, the founder of the orchestra Sylvia Kim was featured playing Mozart’s Andante in C (here’s an hilariously epic version by James Galaway…my flute playing friends are rolling their eyes right now) and Rondo in D (much better with orchestra, but I love the ornate organ in this one). The first half followed up with the first movements of the Chopin piano concerto (classic video of Rubinstein) and the Grieg piano concerto (the opening sounds like Rachmaninoff no?)

The 2nd half of the show was a fantastic interpretation of Beethoven 7. We were lucky enough to have ample rehearsals time and refreshingly were able to dive further into the score than many orchestras regularly do. The first movement was very stately in it’s interpretation, really focusing on the dotted rhythm being grounded on beat one, as opposed to the short note morphing the rhythm to sound like offbeats. Our 2nd movement was quite brisk, which all the wind players were very excited about. Slow movements can easily drag themselves out and this interpretation didn’t wallow in excess emotion which was beautiful and really fit the mood of the movement. The third movement was full of contrasts, we really focused on the dynamic differences really bringing out the sudden dynamic changes, so characteristic of Beethoven, yet so un-idiomatic for musicians. The fourth movement was taken at Beethoven’s tempo marking of half note at 72. Most interpretations are much faster, but refreshingly we were really able to bring out the multiple melodic lines. The winds for example have sfz chords on the and of 2 which at a faster tempo get completely obliterated by the strings and brass. Although very tiring, the concert was a huge success and the music was really fantastic to listen to.

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