Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra
Director - Adrian Tan
School of the Arts Concert Hall
23rd August 2015, 5pm
PIAZZOLLA - 4 SEASONS OF BUENOS AIRES
soloist - Gabriel Ng
Low Shao Ying & Low Shao Suan - Dreams (premiere)
DVORAK - SYMPHONY 8
A Review by Hawk Liu
The 4 Seasons by Piazzolla was a great choice for the concert as it was romantic and very attractive. The main motives from Vivaldi's Winter and Summer were heard in a few places, as well as hints of Piazzolla's own 'Adios Nonino'. Gabriel Ng brought out the romantic elements quite well. There were a number of pitch problems. Unfortunately, that stood out a little more just because there were so many gliassandos to stand next to notes which had to be pitch perfect. Nevertheless, that didn't spoilt my enjoyment of the program. Gabriel Ng tackled the technicalities quite well, especially in the most virtuosic fourth movement. With a bit more flair, Piazzolla would be happy too. The orchestral ensemble was beautifully played, blending well and sounding lush, players decked with red flowers in their hair! After 4 curtains calls, we were treated to a spirited encore of Paganini's caprice no. 19 by the soloist.
Dreams, a 2-movement short program was delightful from start to finish, sounding a little John William-ish in the happy parts of the original Jurassic Park. It was a feel-good fix.
Dvorak was the piece that would test the orchestra. The piece was played with authority and confidence throughout. Yes there were intonation problems here and there, especially from the trombone section (sorry, folks). That being said, the orchestra has come a bit of a way to being the much tighter orchestra today. Good job, Adrian. I have to add that the woodwinds did not make a false move in the entire symphony!
After, the symphony, we were given a surprise encore with Dvork's Romance in F minor, played by the concertmaster, David Loke. David Loke's coaxed full perfect tones from every bow and I enjoyed the piece very much.
Dvorak's Symphony 9 next round, please??