30 May 2017

The audience that crowded the UdeC Theater fleeing from the chilly evening cold was welcomed with a powerful energy injection: Schumann’s “Spring Symphony”. Under the guidance of Rodolfo Fischer, a Chilean maestro based in Switzerland, the score flowed vitally and with an admirable interplay of all the sections of the orchestra, particularly in the first three movements.

The program’s second part started with the Passacaglia & Fugue by Chilean composer Carlos Riesco. This piece should appear more frequently in Chilean symphonic programs, especially because of the beauty of its initial section, with its allusions to baroque music. Although the orchestra’s vitality was somewhat diminished in the Fugue, it was completely recovered in the program’s great final work, Brahms’ Double Concerto, which combines a sublime lyricism and nearly percussive passages.

The performance by the magnificent duo of USA violinist James Buswell and Brazilian native cellist Leonardo Altino was characterized by phrasings full of expression and a dazzling richness of nuances. The emotional intensity achieved by the soloists inspired conductor Fischer and the Symphony musicians to offer their best in an electrifying performance of the last score composed by the German maestro. The result brought to memory what James Buswell said to the young students in the masterclass he offered two days earlier, when he urged them to attend regularly to the Concepción Symphony concerts, and to be proud of having an orchestra like this.