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The New Generation” - an especially interesting concert

Min-Jin Kim’s performance was polished, secure and intelligent
By: 
Pamela Hickman
Pamela Hickman's Concert Critique Blog
18/1/2010

 Gustav Mahler’s (1860-1911) Adagietto for strings and harp... Gamzou, conducting without a baton, gave it a lush, fragile reading, his pianissimi breathtaking in their control and beauty. Floating the sound, Gamzou takes leave of the bar-line to weave the emotional intensity into uninterrupted melodic lines. French harp player Marianne Eva Lecler, a member of the IMO, added sparkle to the performance.

Russian pianist, conductor and composer Anton Arensky’s (1861-1906) Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky for String Orchestra, opus 35a.. Gamzou, attentive to the most delicate details of voicing and expression changes, weaves the piece from many singing, fluid melodic strands, sweeping his audience from one variation into the next. He achieves an unusually pure quality of string sound.

W.A.Mozart’s Concerto no. 2 for Violin and Orchestra K211.. Korean-born violinist Min-Jin Kim (b.1978), a performer with a busy international schedule, gave a well thought-out reading of this work. In keeping with the work’s late Baroque references, she integrated her solo sections sympathetically into the orchestral ensemble, never tempted to take on a showy approach for this non-dramatic piece. Her emphasis lay in presenting Mozart’s myriad of melodies, some of them suggesting folk dances. In the Andante movement, balance, strategic pacing and a sense of well-being pervaded. Min-Jin Kim’s performance was polished, secure and intelligent. Her collaboration with Gamzou produced a Mozart performance of superbly good taste.

The concert ended with Carl Maria von Weber’s (1786-1826) Symphony no. 1 in C major, opus 19. Gamzou introduces the opening movement – Allegro con fuoco – with a burst of energy. Constructed of varied, short ideas, each of them is addressed by the conductor, each solo sounding in turn. The orchestra’s playing abounded with beautifully shaped phrases and charm. Gamzou reads a score through his senses, as a sound painter, whose orchestral palette offers many colors and dynamic choices. His conducting language is detailed and energetic. His music-making is refreshing and communicative.

The New Generation has much to say. Let’s hear more!