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Concert review: Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra earns its standing ovation

Published on Mar 21, 2014 2:08 PM
 
Singapore was privileged to be one of the six destinations for The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra's world tour, under the baton of Eiji Oue. -- FILE PHOTO: TOKYO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA 

Singapore was privileged to be one of the six destinations for The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra's world tour, under the baton of Eiji Oue. The tour commemorates the 100th year of the orchestra, albeit delayed by a few years owing to the devastating tsunami in 2011, .

Fittingly, the concert began with Toshiro Mayuzumi's Bugaku, ballet music in two parts, commissioned by the New York City Ballet in 1958. Oue must see himself as a dancer of sorts, as he led soloists from the front stands through the complex web of glissandi and bent notes that opens the slow first part.

This led to a theatrical sounding orchestral section, fitting of a Hollywood blockbuster, followed by a frenzied section for horns, then ending as it began with solo strings.

Throughout the work, what was most striking was the evenness in quality from every section, each soloist and every section blending with others, yet retaining individuality in sound and phrasing.

 
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