RUN TIME: 1 HR 40 MINUTES
CHRISTOPHER BLAKE | Night Journey to Pawarenga
DMITRY KABALEVSKY | Cello Concerto No. 1
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK | Serenade in D minor
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART | Symphony No. 34
Cellist Amit Peled is an audience favorite, proven to be a big player with a big sound and a big heart. He performs two works, the rarely performed concerto by Kabalevsky which requires some muscle, and Offenbach's Andante. I heard Offenbach's Andante on the radio, didn't recognize it and was enthralled. It's soulful and Romantic, showing a serious side to this composer otherwise known for writing the Can-Can.
In Dvořák’s Serenade for winds and Christopher Blake’s Pawarenga for strings, we hear both sections shine, concluding with Mozart’s Symphony No. 34 in C.
Dvořák's Wind Serenade is a grand work without violins or violas, just cellos, basses, and woodwinds, and consequently unusual to program. Since the strings are engaged with the Blake piece, it gives plenty for the winds to do, and as such, makes a great pairing. Finally, Mozart's Symphony No. 34 in C is a shorter symphony of only three movements, aligning this rather diverse repertoire combination onto familiar ground.