ASO: Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Weinbeig with Conductor Micheal Christie and Pianist BVehzod Abduraimov
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra provided another sparkling spectacular performance, as they played a tribute to Jewish composers Marcel Tyberb and Mieczslaw Weinberg. At the helm as conductor was the vigorous Maestro Micheal Christie.
It was also only the third time that the Tyberg finale to this Franz Schubert (1797-1828) piece was played in the United States. This Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D 759 (“Unfinished”) (1822) is a rare piece because it was left uncompleted until Marcel Tyberg finished the word.
The shift in movements was noticeable where the typical Schubert style shifted, with a bit more upbeat tempo in the final piece.
The highlight was to experience Behzod Abduraimov at the piano. He is a young and began to play the piano at 5. With a sly smile while he played, he knows he is hot stuff, as he took on Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Concerto No. 1 in G minor for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 25 (1831). After completing he gave an extra bonus with a noted encore that tore the roof off Symphony Hall. He was given two standing ovations.
The final piece Wienberg (1919-1996) Rhaspsody on Moldavian Themes, Opus 47, No. 1 (1949) was a throwback to mother Russia. All that was missing were some colorful Russian dancers, high kicking across the stage.
*Another event for ASO – Don’t miss out in part of the Family’s series The Remarkable Farkle McBride John Lithgow’s spellbinding children’s book; a fickle yet lovable child prodigy brings the sounds and rhythms of an orchestra to sprawling visual life on Sunday April 29 at 1:30 and 3:30 PM.