Energy and Style
A concert by the Boca Raton Philharmonic Symphonia,
reviewed by LAWRENCE BUDMEN
The final concert of the initial season of the Boca Raton Philharmonic Symphonia (on 12 March 2006 at the Florida Atlantic University Theater in Boca Raton, Florida, USA) was a real charmer. The 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth was celebrated in grand style with a high spirited overture and the last of the master from Salzburg's 27 piano concertos. Two symphonies by 20th century composers provided a bracing contrast.
Ilya Itin was the superbly musical, technically agile soloist in Mozart's Piano Concerto No 27 in B flat, K595. While he is best known for his powerhouse Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff performances, Itin's exquisitely sculpted phrasing and pearly tone in the central Larghetto movement produced moments of near sublimity. Here was music making of the most grandly elevated variety. Conductor Mischa Santora (Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra and Music Director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra) expertly pinpointed the noble dialogue between piano and woodwinds. Boca Symphonia's wind section played with precision, clarity, and subtle expressivity. The sweet toned flute of Christine Nield effortlessly blended with Itin's finely chiseled pianism. The opening Allegro was lithe and spirited. Itin's brilliant cadenza had commanding line and sweep. In the quirky Finale, Itin and Santora captured the wit and sparkle of Mozart's indelible creation with élan. Soloist and conductor seemed to be creating the music as they played -- a truly inspired performance!
Copyright © 21 March 2006
Lawrence Budmen, Miami Beach, USA