Betsy began playing the cello at the age of six and studied with Michael Evans of the Dartington String Quartet.
By Chris Garlick28 August As part of the Proms celebration of the th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, this concert with the ever-popular Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, making its Proms debut, featured two of his works rarely played in the concert hall.
And perhaps for good reason. A brilliant conductor and pianist, his composing career had many more peaks and troughs.
A Political Overture, written for Russian cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich is one of his weakest concert works. At four minutes it outstayed its welcome after thirty seconds, despite perky and enthusiastic playing from the BSO.
However, for completeness sake, it was only right that it had its Proms debut this centenary weekend. Written for large orchestra and with a brilliant piano solo part, it is a concerto in all but name. Divided into two parts with linking material between the movements, it fails to coalesce.
The first part, which is a rather plain Prologue followed by a theme and fourteen variations, lacks thematic interest and a logical structural flow. At times Bernstein seems to come to a halt, waiting for inspiration.
Only the final passage leading to the lively conclusion has any real sense of purpose and drive.
The second part starts more promisingly with a resonant Dirge progressing, not completely convincingly, to an energetic Masque. It is only in this passage that you feel the personality of composer shining through.
Jazzy, brilliant, quixotic and irascible by turns, its edgy charms seem to paint a portrait of this most publicly private of men. Whatever the shortcomings of the piece, the performance with Jean-Yves Thibaudet as a most brilliant soloist and Alsop directing to the manner born, was as authentic and musically polished as it could be.
Everything about the performance was entertaining and musically satisfying. In the long first movement, fairly brisk tempi kept the drama tight and the central climax was expertly graded. The dreamlike final passage of the movement, felt naturally arrived at and came with beautiful playing from the woodwind.
The waltz-like Allegretto had a heavy gait to it. The Baltimore were particularly rhythmically alert and crisp here. The finale successfully avoided bombast, with its more fraught moments emphasised and when the triumphant major key coda arrived, it felt well deserved.
This much discussed work of reconciliation sounded here like a personal battle won and not an apologetic compromise enforced by the State as it is often characterised.Also pictured above is Ethan Hayden’s contribution to the 33 1/3 book series.
I was lucky enough to witness Hayden’s performance of his electroacoustic vocal composition, “ ce dangereux supplément ” at the University at Buffalo, which you can hear for yourself by clicking the title of the piece.
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