In the middle of a streak of bad weather, hundreds of people found shelter in the warmth of the UdeC Theater and the stimulating music brought from Nordic regions by Swedish maestro Mika Eichenholz. The greatest composers from Finland, Norway and Denmark were joined by the Chilean of Croatian descent, Gabriel Brncic, awarded with the “President of the Republic” Music Prize 2014. The world premiere of his “Aurora de Chile” allowed to appreciate all the virtuosity of flutists Karina Fischer and Guillermo Lavado, both of them Chilean residents of Argentinian origin, and true apostles of the contemporary music for their instrument.
Right before and after “Aurora”, we listened to some of the most famous pieces of incidental music of all time: Jean Sibelius’ “Karelia” Suite, and two movements from “Peer Gynt” Suite n° 1 by Edvard Grieg. But the filling main dish was by Danish Carl Nielsen, a brilliant composer still rarely performed in these latitudes. Maestro Eichenholz had already conducted his Fourth Symphony “The Inextinguishable” in the 2013 season, and now it was the turn of the Second Symphony “The Four Temperaments”.
Although the orchestra had never played this technically demanding work, the performance was on a really high level. Except for some lack of brilliance in the final movement (“Sanguineous”), the representation of the diverse “temperaments” was perfectly achieved, and the sonority of some passages was really sumptuous. Orchestra and conductor knew how to do justice to the outstanding Danish maestro, and the audience noticed it, responding with a particularly enthusiast ovation