Review: Taranaki Symphony Orchestra
Ludwig to the Power of 2 - Taranaki Symphony Orchestra
Excited anticipation pervaded the large Theatre Royal audience as the forty members of the Taranaki Symphony Orchestra tuned up for their concert on Saturday evening.
The players responded keenly to maestro Adam Jasinski's bold gestures for the opening bars and then relaxed into the melodious substance of Beethoven's Coriolan Overture. Excellent control of dynamics and clear, expressive wind solos sustained this dramatic portrayal of the ancient Roman leader to a fine conclusion led by the cello section.
After an excellent, very audience-friendly introduction by guest soloist Ludwig Treviranus from Wellington and a confident orchestral opening to Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor the dialogue proceeded very happily with just a few fudged notes to interrupt the impressive solo performance.
The solo piano set the scene for a very expressive Largo movement indeed, the orchestra excelling themselves with beautiful solo snippets and excellently supportive tuttis.
The Rondo finale opened in buoyant mood from the piano and the orchestra followed suit with confidently bold tuttis, Jasinski always controlling his players with impeccable assurance. Enthusiastic applause led to a delightfully warm Misty from the pianist as an encore.
Haydn's London Symphony opened with bold promise of the happy sounds to come and we were not disappointed. Music from the late 18th century really suits an orchestra of this size. Ensemble and tuning are really highlighted in a slow movement and the TSO passed with flying colours in the Andante.
A very happy-spirited Menuetto and Trio followed with fine oboe and bassoon leads and the Spirituoso finale lived up to its name as the concert came to a close with energetic exuberance.