This weekend’s concerts by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra are spotlighting a young cellist who’s introducing to the city a rare work by a well known composer. Two other, better known classics are rounding out the program.
The cellist is Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas of Spain (though he was born in Germany). With Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the orchestra, he’s playing Lalo’s Cello Concerto in D minor, a work not nearly as well known as the composer’s popular Symphonie espagnole.
Saturday night’s performance in Bass Hall proved the concerto to be a listenable work, though one might have some reservations. On the negative side, the opening movement has so much heavy punctuation in the orchestra that it starts to wear out its welcome.
There are positives, though, and Gutiérrez’ accurate, warm-toned performance, handsomely seconded by Harth-Bedoya and the orchestra, certainly brought them out. It would be a treat to hear the cellist in a somewhat more substantial work.
The evening opened with the overture to Weber’s Der Freischütz. This is one of the great operatic overtures though, strangely enough, it goes unplayed around here for years on end.
Harth-Bedoya and the orchestra gave it a highly dramatic performance that raised goosebumps and generated the desire to hear the work again soon.
Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 was the heaviest work on the program. The performance had plenty of positives, including a quick movement that sparkled with life followed by a deeply moving slow movement that was on the opposite end of the emotional spectrum.
It’s a program worth rehearing (it’ll be available again with Sunday afternoon’s repetition).