Mozart in the City Festival 2010 (Calgary): Jupiter Symphony and Karen Gomyo

Every time I’ve been to a music cycle, I’ve noticed the most memorable performances always happen to be the opening and closing nights. This Mozart in the City Festival in Calgary was not the exception, with the closing performance by Karen Gomyo and the CPO providing an amazing finale to the entire cycle.

The performance started on a high note, with the announcement that Maestro Minczuk had his contract renewed for another 4 years. I think it was a good decision by the Board of the CPO.

The performance started with Herr Mozart’s First Symphony (No. 1 in E flat Major). It was interesting, although to tell the truth, it lacked the depth and richness of his later works (with the Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor being my all-time favourite, forecasting the upcoming Romantic period). Considering he composed this Symphony at the tender age of 11 or something like that, one should be impressed with the end result. The performance was ok.

Then came the Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, so called “Turkish”. I have to say I was tremendously impressed with the beautiful and talented Ms. Gomyo. Of course the Concerto was an excellent selection to showcase her talents, but she definitely delivered on the performance, both from a technical as well as an interpretive viewpoint. Both the orchestra and the soloist came together with a high degree of coordination, crispness and emotional intensity.

After the intermission, Ms. Gomyo humbly sat in the middle of the orchestra with a dark sweater, just like one of the rest, and proceeded to deliver together with the other musicians a first-class rendition of the Jupiter. This grand Symphony has all the emotional depth and musical colour that would permeate Mozart’s late works.

Sometimes less is more, so I’ll make my final statement short: this performance was definitely a delight to hear, and a fantastic way to end the Festival.

This guest review was contributed by my brother Sigfrido Pacheco covering Mozart in the City (Classical Calgary) for Read all posts on Classical Calgary here. To purchase tickets to any of the event series, visit the Classical Calgary website.

Disclosure: The tickets to attend the concert for my guest blogger and his Plus One were sponsored very generously by Tourism Calgary and the Calgary Philarmonic Orchestra. This post hasn’t been paid for, and I am not required to post a review either. In any review I write or publish on my site, I retain editorial control at all times, and producers and publicists are well aware of this. Should you have any questions/concern feel free to contact me via e-mail through my contact form.

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