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Travel Notes... Musical Travel Notes - Dortmund, Oldenburg and back (III)
Konzerthaus is a self-managing location that boasts a modern and spacious hall whose dimensions can be adapted to provide optimal conditions for either a recital or a large-scale concert: symphonic, vocal-symphonic, opera in concert. Some of the most valuable musicians perform here; for instance, this season is presenting the conductors Esa-Pekka Salonen - The Philharmonia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin - The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Lorin Maazel - The München Philharmonic, Mark Minkowski and Daniel Harding - The Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Myung-Whun Chung - The Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra (and many others) and, among the soloists performing at the concert or at the recitals : Murray Perahia, Ivo Pogorelich, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Thomas Hampson, Cecilia Bartoli.
The Dortmund Philharmonic operates in this context holding dozens of concerts a year, in addition to the performances at the Opera where it is present in the pit. The current season is the Dortmund Philharmonic's jubilee - 125 years of existence - and the concert that I attended attested its value and prestige which have been gained during this time.
I watched a programme of Viennese classical music consisting of a small symphony by the the pre-Haydnian composer, Jakob Ignaz Holzbauer based on W.A .Mozart's concert rendered by the orchestra's solo horn trumpet player, Jan Golebiowski, and on J. Haydn's Military Symphony. They are such transparent scores that any flaw, however small it might be, can be observed easily. They are utterly true tests certifying the exactitude of attack, accuracy and malleability of the instrumentalists all together, but more often, their solo skills, especially those of the blowers. The Dortmund Philharmonic coped successfully, providing a nearly flawless performance under the baton of competent and efficient Fuhry Lancelot, one of its regular conductors.
It was a ceremonial concert organized with its own resources and it was very much welcomed by the audience who does not lack musical events at all. That is indeed the envy of the world.
Translated by Sorina Cimpoeru and Elena Daniela Radu
MTTLC, BUCHAREST UNIVERSITY