Audio Assessment: Gianandrea Noseda in His Mainly Mozart Debut

August 16th, 2013

Ruby Washington/The New York Occasions

Largely Mozart The conductor Gianandrea Noseda led this festival’s orchestra in Beethoven and Rossini on Tuesday at Avery Fisher Hall.

In latest several years the revitalized Largely Mozart pageant has presented crucial exposure in New York to some important rising conductors, between them Lionel Bringuier and Pablo Heras-Casado. On Tuesday night at Avery Fisher Hall, even though, the festival offered a important conductor on the intercontinental scene, Gianandrea Noseda, in his Primarily Mozart debut.

Mr. Noseda executed the festival orchestra in Beethoven’s 2nd Symphony and Rossini’s “Stabat Mater,” a masterpiece that, inexplicably, is rarely done. With the influenced orchestra, four amazing vocal soloists and the Live performance Chorale of New York (James Bagwell, director), Mr. Noseda led an insightful and stirring account of this sixty-moment score that had the viewers on its ft for a sustained ovation.

The Milan-born Mr. Noseda, forty nine, initial arrived to worldwide focus as the principal conductor of the BBC Philharmonic in London in the 1990s. (He is now that orchestra’s conductor laureate.) Mr. Noseda is very best recognized to New York audiences for his appearances with the Metropolitan Opera, which includes conducting the new productions in recent several years of Verdi’s “Trovatore” and “Traviata.” (This period he will be at the podium for the significantly-predicted premiere generation of Borodin’s “Prince Igor.”)

From the start off of Beethoven’s 2nd Symphony on Tuesday, the musicians played with precision, color and vitality. Originally I considered that Mr. Noseda’s approach to this early Beethoven perform would not be to my flavor. The gradual introduction to the 1st motion was fairly great and pushed in tempo I wished a lot more secret. The principal Allegro part was breathless and hectic. This was all-enterprise Beethoven, exacting and emphatic.

Possibly I altered to Mr. Noseda’s approach or he peaceful a bit. He gave a flowing and radiant account of the gradual motion, the stunning Larghetto. The Scherzo was incisive and biting as properly as playful. The orchestra dispatched the bustling finale brilliantly.

Rossini’s excellent “Stabat Mater” experienced a wayward genesis. In 1832, three years following Rossini retired from the opera organization at 37, he was questioned by the archbishop of Madrid to compose a environment of “Stabat Mater,” the Latin poem about the grieving Virgin Mary at the cross of Christ. Even though hesitant, Rossini composed the sublime opening motion and went on to compose five far more of the work’s ten sections. But when the piece was not ready for the scheduled premiere, Rossini, pleading well being issues, asked a fellow composer, Giovanni Tadolini, to comprehensive it. Several years later on Rossini composed the lacking sections. His total edition experienced a triumphant premiere in 1842 in Paris.

The opening chorus, with its increasing, arching melodic traces in the orchestra and the sighing choral harmonies, is tunes of affecting solemnity and refined complexity. Rossini did not deny himself operatic flourishes. During the stirring tenor aria “Cujus animam gementem” (“Though her weeping soul”), you would feel that the vocal soloist is not just describing the grieving Mary, but readying himself to rush off, sword drawn, to rescue her. But the mix of compositional ingenuity and inspiration never ever falters.

The soprano soloist, Maria Agresta, an extraordinary younger artist Mr. Noseda has worked with as tunes director of the Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy, experienced a wonderful achievement in her American debut, singing with plush audio and magnificence. The wealthy-voiced and powerful mezzo-soprano Daniela Barcellona, the ardent lyric tenor Gregory Kunde and the compelling bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen were the other outstanding soloists. The Live performance Chorale was, as usual, excellent. For this one evening Rossini took pleasure of area at the Mainly Mozart pageant, many thanks to Mr. Noseda.

The Mostly Mozart pageant carries on by means of Aug. 24 at Lincoln Middle (212) 721-6500,

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