Mostly Mozart Festival through August 22

Dwight Casimere | 8/19/2015, 7:41 a.m.
NEW YORK---Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart 49th Festival concludes with a Closing Night performance Friday and Saturday, August 21 and 22 ...

NEW YORK---Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart 49th Festival concludes with a Closing

Night performance Friday and Saturday, August 21 and 22 at 7:30pm at Avery Fisher

Hall. Renee' and Robert Belfer Music Director Louis Langree' leads the Mostly Mozart

Festival Orchestra in Haydn's Creation with British soprano Sarah Tynan headling an

all-star vocal cast, including Metropolitan Opera favorite, Canadian bass-baritone

John Relyea, British tenor Andrew Staples and the Concert Chorale of New York,

directed by James Bagwell.

Mostly Mozart 49th Festival at Lincoln Center

Renee' and Robert Belfer Music Director Louis Langree'

Soprano Sarah Tynan sings Haydn' triumphant oratorio "Creation"

Opening-Night Program of the Mostly Mozart Festival featured Grammy-winning Sony

Classic exclusive artist Emanuel Ax as soloist for Mozart's mercurial Piano

Concerto No. 14 in E-flar major.

Emanuel Ax is a master at articulating smooth, arcing musical lines in his solos.

This fact was supremely evident in his playing of the Mozart Piano Concerto. From

the opening bars, Ax set out the thematic material with clarity. Although the piece

moved with restless energy from one thematic idea to the next, Ax never rushed

through. Opting instead to play each phrase with distinctive character, allowing the

ideas to unfold against the restless backdrop of Langree's precise handling of the

orchestral ensemble.

The second movement, the slow Andantino was particularly revealing of Ax's

luminescent playing style. Each note rang with its own expressive clarity as the

beautiful central theme unfolded with orchestra blending in with a luscious voice in

response. The effect became even more pronounced in its understatement, which left

a sense of longing at its conclusion.

Emanuel Ax was soloist in Mozart's florid Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat major

The combined forces of the New York debut of German conductor Cornelius Meister and

the fieryArgentine cellist Sol Gabetta as soloist in Haydn's Cello Concerto in C

major, made this a particularly memorable night for followers of the Mostly Mozart


The hefty program of Mozart's delightfully breezy Overture to the opera Le Nozze di

Figaro (the Marriage of Figaro), Haydn's Cello Concerto and the finale of

Beethoven's forceful Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, made for a music connoisseur's


Gabetta quickly proved why her highly acclaimed debut with the Berlin Philharmonic

at last year's Baden-Baden Easter Festival was one of the landmark events of the

international music year. Gabetta soared in the sophisticated melodies of the

opening Moderato with its various themes reflected between orchestra and soloist.

Gabetta was especially expressive in the moving Adagio with its melancholy theme.

Her fierce attack in the Finale: Allegro molto, playing Haydn's cadenza's ended the

piece with a dramatic flourish.

Conductor Meister proved that he was no novice when it comes to navigating

contrasting shifts between delicate pianissimo and bombastic forte in the Beethoven.

He especially brought out the orchestra's 'inner voices' in the woodwinds and

rallied a stirring advance from the brass. It was a thrilling performance.