Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Andrew Manze, Conductor
Thomas Zehetmair, Violin
Review by Brenda Repland
One Thursday and Friday, English conductor and violinist, Andrew Manze, led the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in a program of Beethoven and Mozart. His energetic enthusiasm elicited rich, grand balance from the orchestra.
Austrian violinist Thomas Zehetmair played Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major. This is a popular piece and Mr. Zehetmair did it justice. Especially lush as well was the reeds’ response to the violin passages.
One more favorite of music lovers came after intermission. Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor was grand. From its opening of taps on the timpani, referred to as “Fate knocking on the door,” to its glorious last movement. Throughout, the timpani’s taps conveyed increasing urgency.
Another wonderful evening at Mostly Mozart.