Weill Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra, Op. 12; Berg Kammerkonzert for Piano, Violin, and 13 Wind Instruments

John Gilbert (Other)

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Abstract

Soloist with the Baton Rouge Symphony. Performed the Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra, Op. 12 by Weill, and the Kammerkonzert for Piano, Violin, and 13 Winds by Berg.

Please see review at :

http://theadvocate.com/utility/homepagestories/2347272-129/chamber-concert-special-occasion

Excerpt from the review: "Technically and expressively, violinist John Haspel Gilbert, concertmaster of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and former concertmaster of the Baton Rouge and Knoxville orchestras, took a wow-inducing turn at German-born composer Kurt Weill’s “Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra, Op. 12.”

There’s nothing slight about Weill’s concerto, written in 1924 by the composer who’d become famous for his 1928 collaboration with playwright Bertolt Brecht resulting in “The Three-Penny Opera,” featuring the hit song “Mack the Knife.”

The Weill concerto’s dark first movement includes blasts of snare drum that still sound startlingly modern as well as displaying distinctly 20th-century dissonance. Meanwhile, Gilbert demonstrated a liquid touch on his fiddle’s fingerboard.

Weill’s modernity continued through the three-section second movement, heard in witty scoring for xylophone and, more evidence of the program’s Jazz Age era, trumpet and violin exchanges and pizzicato violin work that suggested the banjo. Gilbert’s expressive, trill- and run-filled cadenza again showed he more than deserved his soloist spot. And during the Weill concerto’s mystical to frenzied finale, the violinist understandably wiped his brow with his bowing-arm sleeve."

Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - Mar 16 2012

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