This weekend they started with the Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld (which wasn't even in the original program), then to the Mendelssohn, and after the intermission, Pictures from an Exhibition. It was just wonderful!
Julian Rachlin was the soloist for the Mendelssohn and I was really taken by his interpretation and playing style. I've not seen many international violinists in person so it's hard to say how his style may differ. His playing was very intense and physically expressive - at one point he appeared to kiss his violin when the orchestra was playing and he was not. Very dynamic playing style!
I've no idea what his encore was - he did not speak at all - but it was slow and sweet and was a good follow-up to the Mendelssohn. I loved it and would love to find out what it was, assuming it wasn't one of his compositions - apparently he is also a composer and conductor. It did sound somewhat familiar, I will recognize it if I hear it again. I wondered at the time if he spoke English as there was some communication with the conductor before his encore that seemed universal sign language - after several standing ovations with conductor mimicked playing a violin to him right before his encore, and he did not speak at all. Of course that doesn't necessarily mean anything.
In about 4 weeks it's Richard Lin (2018 Indianapolis winner) playing Concerto in D Major, OP. 77 by Brahmns, the rest of the program has Janacek (Taras Bulba), and Dvorak (Slavonic Dances).Tweet
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