Mon. Feb 6th, 2023

TROY — There’s nothing like a dwell music live performance to take one’s thoughts off a chilly evening.

So it was no shock {that a} close-to-sold-out viewers was completely into listening to the Albany Symphony Orchestra Saturday evening on the Troy Financial savings Financial institution Music Corridor ship the products.

Music director David Alan Miller selected three massively totally different works with one which featured worldwide percussion star Dame Evelyn Glennie. Due to her participation, the complete lip of the stage in entrance of the orchestra was crammed with a full panoply of percussion devices.

However first it was the world premiere of Harriet Steinke’s “Harrietlehre.” A 3rd yr scholar of composer Christopher Theofanidis at Yale, the work was her first for an orchestra and the primary the ASO has ever performed. As she advised the group, she based mostly the work on a “few small concepts” that she repeated throughout the identical seven- measure phrase.

It began out bubbly and playful and slowly added some brass or drum, or offset the rhythmic figures with lengthy tones in a scalar sample.

Quantity elevated inside staggered sections like heavy plodding footsteps. That ebbed then returned, then just a few notes from a lone xylophone or marimba ended all of it. The gang cherished it and the orchestra was knowledgeable all through.

Composer Kamran Ince then launched his personal Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra. He wrote the five-movement work for Glennie, who premiered it in 2019 in Istanbul. Moreover the same old xylophone, marimba, cymbals, small drums, he additionally wrote for 2 Turkish drums referred to as a Davul (a small bass drum performed on each side) and a Darbuka (an hourglass-shaped drum positioned between the legs).

As anticipated, Glennie was a drive of nature as she pounded, tapped, coaxed every instrument via varied volumes, intensities, speeds and rhythms with mallets, sticks, brushes.

The work is a examine in contrasting timbres and the way vast these inflections from the varied devices can stretch. Glennie, who’s profoundly deaf, at all times instructs her listeners to find new methods to pay attention. And the orchestra, who was completely in sync, and the viewers, which was rapt, complied. An enthusiastic standing ovation was given.

Because the finale and in additional snug listening zones, Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 was introduced. After a 1915 premiere, which underwent revisions to grow to be the three-movement work audiences know at present, it’s a romantic, typically dramatic work.

Initially, the orchestra took a bit to settle right into a tonal heart after enjoying the Ince rating. However they did come collectively for the primary motion’s mellow harmonies, hovering strings, the deep tones of the decrease brass and Miller setting robust ahead momentum. The second motion was lighter, extra delicate with extra commentary amongst sections.

The finale was superb and the orchestra sounded fantastic. The stressed strings arrange the well-known horn part, which performed in thirds, in a motif that was oft repeated in different sections. Supposedly, Sibelius wrote that motif having been impressed by sixteen swans out of the blue taking off all honking. A fabulous imagery. In the meantime, the woodwinds have been enjoying stunning melodies and the quantity and orchestral depth saved rising solely to step again for a fragile second solely to surge once more to the final a number of chords.

The gang jumped to its toes clapping loudly.

The following ASO live performance is Feb. 11 at Proctors.

 

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