Academy of St. Martin in the Fields at SFS
March 31, 2008
* Notes *
Yesterday Sir Neville Marriner conducted the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in a program of Mozart's Symphony No. 31, Paris, Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1, Mendelssohn's Sinfonia No. 10, and Haydn's Symphony No. 104, London. The Mozart was played crisply and with spirit. Yuja Wang was the soloist for the piano concerto, she played with precision, but not robotically. The trumpets were slightly brash, but otherwise the ensemble was wonderful, and Ms. Wang did not seem utterly bored as she waited to play, as is sometimes the case for young soloists. The second half of the performance was beautiful, both the second Mendelssohn piece and the Haydn symphony were lovely, and were played distinctly in the appropriate style. The musicians were certainly together. The evening ended with three encores.
* Tattling *
The audience was quiet, there was a minor candy unwrapping incident during the second movement of the piano concerto and a slammed door during the first movement of the Haydn. Yuja Wang looked pretty in her sleeveless apple red gown. She did seem slightly nervous and kept brushing her hair off her face.