The second concert of the National Symphony’s Official Season was a tribute to Russian music. The special repertoire was impressive. The sixth and final symphony of Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was presented in an emotional and passionate way.
Russian musical romanticism is dramatic and creative. There is a colorful orchestration with references to urban folklore and the music of the Orthodox church as well. It is melodic and beautiful.
Participants applauded so loud after the false end that the beginning of the last movement was not heard. This last piece turned out to be the best of the entire night even though the beginning was muted.
Manuel Matarrita’s performance of Concerto No. 2 for piano was another excellent part of the performance. Matarrita has proven to be a mature, reliable interpreter. His work is admirable as is his technique.