Matinées of orchestral concerts have a few things going against them—mostly their starting time, really. Bach instead of mimosas and a light omelet on a late Sunday morning can work, but when a hundred musicians, equally wistful for something—anything—else, have to work their way through Shostakovich’s Second Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony, it takes something special to make it work.
There was something special, fortunately, in this least-possibly-suited-for-a-matinée concert at the Gasteig’s Philharmonic Hall with the Munich Philharmonic. Namely cellist Truls Mørk, aided and abetted by his countryman Eivind Gullberg Jensen (recently reviewed with the Bergen Philharmonic and Oslo Opera), Chief Conductor of the NDR Radio Philharmonic Hannover.
|D.Shostakovich, Cello Concertos, |
T.Mørk / M.Jansons / LPO
Under cruel AM-conditions, the flutes were superb, the horns sounded more awake and sharper than they presumably felt; ditto the low strings and sharp percussion section. In a deep and dark sea of boisterous sound, loud and easily engulfing the audience, Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony was eventually victim to circumstance and—heretically—one movement to long. No fault of Gullberg Jensen’s presumably, who, looking like a sexualized Struwwelpeter in front of the orchestra, sure tried to squeeze every last bit of passion for the Pathétique out of players and audience.