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15 Nov 2010
A Phenomenal New World
le Courrier de l'Ouest

Le Courrier de l'Ouest, October 15, 2010

The City Speaks

A "New World" Phenomenal

Yann leNoan, one of our subscribers, had good reason to be enthusiastic, leaving Friday, the Congress Center. "Phenomenal" Friday, with the Music Director John Axelrod, was also yesterday, Sunday, for the resumption of the program "New World", an otherwise generic title of his first season as conductor of the orchestra.

Everything was there: a menu ranging pleasures contemporary and classic, an auditorium full ready to ignite, a guest at the piano, the Italian Irene Russo, technique, sensitivity and charm, and a great orchestra simply splendid.

The introductory work, "New Era Dance," by the contemporary Aaron Jay Kernis, filled with the tortured breathing (rhythm breaks, chirps) and warm sounds, smiling with glimpses into the swing and salsa. Axelrod was at the height of his power, tearing even a leaf from his score. the Maestro, led the chant himself, summoning his musicians in a round of cheerful voice.

The "Concerto No.3 for piano and orchestra by Sergei Prokofiev is a tour de force for a pianist, forcing her to be accept difficulty even with the lyric portions as determined in the ranges at breakneck rhythm. The constant tension is read on the face of Irene Russo, but it did not betray her security. Visually, her hands gave a dizzying effect when they did not turn into a snake dance from the keyboard.

Final Assault
Already satisfied, it is gourmandise that the public was preparing for the final assault. In the divine "Symphony No. 9 From the New World" Dvorak held all its promises. The first movement, which inspired Gainsbourg's "Initials BB" to the last (known generically "Records of the screen), the senses are rounded, lulled by the movements slow and then picked up by the hot cavalcade of notes (the Far west plains are not far), the power of the winds and the frenzy of strings. Axelrod asks a great deal and receives a hundredfold. The contagion spread to the aisles that offered this beautiful world for many.  Long minutes clocked applause.


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