Saturday, October 22nd
at 8:00 p.m.
All Mozart Program
Overture: Le Nozze di Figaro, K. 492
Tian Lu, pianist
Piano Concerto no 23, K.488 in A Major
Sharla Nafziger, soprano
Dove Sono, Recitative and Aria from Le Nozze di Figaro
Symphony no 31, K. 297 ( The Paris ) in D Major
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• Beethoven Symphony no. 1, C major, Movt 4, mov't 4
• Beethoven Symphony no. 1, C major, 1st Movt , 1st mov't
• Beethoven Symphony no. 5, C minor, mov't II - Andante con moto, and
mov't IV - Allegro, recorded live, Nov. 9th, 2013 at Iona College, New Rochelle, Barry Charles Hoffman, conductor.
• Excerpt from 4th Mov't, Mendelssohn's Symphony no.4, op. 90 in A major,
live recording at Iona College,
May 5th, 2012
• Brahms: Hungarian Dance no. 6
• Mozart: Clarinet Concerto
Barry Charles Hoffman does a great job always, but last
Saturday night he outdid himself with an all Beethoven program. The two
pieces were Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major and the 5th Symphony.
Israeli Soloist Alon Goldstein was superb on the piano. And while the
individual performances of the entire orchestra were excellent, it was
the direction of Mr. Hoffman which provided the frame around Mr.
Goldstein's solo. It was subtle and unobtrusive. Always highlighting,
never intruding. Mr. Goldstein held some very long trills which, I
imagine is akin to a singer holding a note for a very long time. I
repeat: his performance was superb.
And then came the 5th, the best known of all symphonies ever written,
and one of the most sublime pieces in the music literature in the
history of the world.
And again Barry Charles Hoffman was up to the task, taking his
musicians through this grand opus with great expression, never
wavering, always confident, bringing one of Beethoven's finest
masterfully to life.
Alas these concerts of the Symphony of Westchester are just performed
once so if you missed this one it is gone. But do get in the habit of
patronizing this fine local orchestra. Performances are held at Iona
College right up the road, tickets are well worth the price.
Just Google the Symphony of Westchester and prepare for a fine cultural treat.