Elgar, Mendelssohn, Piazzola
The Youth Orchestra of Greve in Chianti made its second-annual appearance for a lunchtime concert at my office in Schloß Leopoldskron under its director Luca Rinaldi. This is becoming a wonderful little tradition.
This year they decided to have most of the musicians (not the celli and bases) play standing up. This succeeded in opening up the sound, especially as the Great Hall usually hosts smaller chamber groups but can be overwhelmed by orchestras of this size. In this case, standing up it worked – and also made the performance even more lively.
The program included the Seranade for Strings by Edward Elgar, dipped back chronologically to Felix Mendelssohn‘s Symphony for Strings #10, and then concluded with Astor Piazzolla‘s Libertango. That last piece may have had a swing to it, but musically paled compared to the other two works. Indeed, these kids captured the sophistication but light-hearted Elgar and Mendelssohn nicely.
I had not thought to review last year’s performance on this blog (we do host a lot of informal chamber concerts, and it does not make sense to comment on them all), but this year’s rose to a standard worthy of a flag.