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Concert review: Strong performance that failed to warm the heart

Published on Mar 28, 2014 12:21 PM

The programme for this Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) concert was as classic as they come - a Mozart overture, a Beethoven piano concerto and a Brahms symphony, of sorts - with Singapore-born pianist Melvyn Tan and guest conductor Yu Long, the foremost Chinese conductor in classical music today.

Mozart's Overture to Don Giovanni has a powerful, slow opening with a syncopated motif in minor key, which transitions into a brilliant fast section in major key. It was performed with a larger ensemble that is the norm for Mozart these days.

Yu's concise baton strokes and crisp tempos brought tight, tuneful playing by the SSO, though some parts sounded more robust than ideal.

Tan has received much acclaim for his recording of the complete Beethoven concertos, which he performed on fortepiano. On this occasion he performed the Third Piano Concerto on a modern grand piano, in a performance of equal mastery.

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