October 3, 2016.
In a crowded theater, and always led with extreme clarity by USA maestro Brian Cole, the Concepción Symphony Orchestra performed a generous program. The first part included Wagner’s “Siegfried’s Idyll” and Prokofiev’s “Classical Symphony”, works of chamber-like transparent textures, which require an immaculate execution—something particularly difficult in Prokofiev, because of the almost acrobatic demands posed to the players.
The second part began with the orchestra in an expanded formation with extra percussion for the world premiere of “Collage”, by Sebastián Molina, the youngest winner of the 5th Call for the Premiere of Works by Chilean Composers organized by the UdeC Cultural Corporacion and supported by the Chilean Society for Authors’ Rights (SCD). In spite of all the instrumental forces brought together for this work, the textures were also transparent, due to the composer’s preference for pure timbres, sometimes bordering on pointillism. “Collage” was composed as a tribute to Pierre Boulez, the great composer and conductor, deceased last January.
Although all the pieces were played with correction, performance level was even higher in Schumann’s Second Symphony, the last and main work in the program. The orchestra seemed to give in to the intense stream of emotions, mostly joyful, pouring out of this score, a milestone in the junction between classicism and late romanticism.