The numerous audience that attended the first concert of the Concepción Symphony’s regular season was welcomed by the first peaceful and then violent waves of a work by the Chilean composer Felipe Pinto d’Aguiar Montt. Inspired in the famous homonymous painting by the British artist J. M. W. Turner, ‘Snow Storm—Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth’ was selected in the 2nd Call for the Premiere of Works by Chilean Composers in 2012. In this second performance, it was conducted by the Chilean Maestro Francisco Rettig, Associate Principal Conductor of the Concepción Symphony Orchestra, who guided the orchestra with clarity through the evocative textures of this contemporary ‘sea picture’. Equally correct was the performance of Antonín Dvorák’s Sixth Symphony, where the diverse instrumental groups were able to excel at certain points, particularly the strings in their passage at breakneck speed near the end.

However, the highest point in this program was the return of violinist James Buswell, who last year had offered a passionate performance of Brahms’ Double Concerto with the cellist Leonardo Altino. This time, the same fervor of that evening came together with an astonishing technical command in Felix Mendelssohn’s Concerto in E minor. Obviously, Buswell is a soloist of great experience and creativity, which enable him to be swept away by the music and take the listeners with him. The audience’s gratitude was responded by the outstanding musician with a moving performance of the ‘Loure’ from Bach’s Suite BWV 1006 for solo violin.


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