Concert review: Scandinavian Soiree, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra
Conservatory Concert Hall
It is always a pleasure to see young orchestras tackle blockbusters of the repertoire, like the Conservatory Orchestra in Stravinsky's The Rite Of Spring and Richard Strauss's Ein Heldenleben in recent years. However young musicians also need to learn doing the less glamourous work, such as accompanying soloists and playing short pieces. All this is part and parcel of a holistic education for an orchestral and ensemble player.
This concert with a Scandinavian slant began with two concertante works featuring two winners of the conservatory's concerto competitions. First was bassoonist Liang Geng in Swedish composer Franz Berwald's Concert Piece, a virtuoso work in the early Romantic vein of Carl Maria von Weber's showpieces.