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11.17.15
Asher Fisch
Arts Hub (Australia)

The audience obviously anticipated that the visiting conductor, Asher Fisch, Principal conductor of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, would inspire the MSO with as much exciting physicality as they have been ?accustomed to with Sir Andrew Davis at the helm, and indeed he did.

There would not have been anybody in that full house unfamiliar with the heart-wrenching theme of Romeo and Juliet. 500 years after the words were written by Shakespeare and 150 years after Tchaikovsky put the story to music, the effect it had was never anything less than first love.

But it was the skill of Asher Fisch that achieved the consummate blending of so many talented musicians, guiding them at a pace which matched your own heartbeat, never too fast, yet allowing the sweet notes from the harp, played by Yinuo Mu, to resonate more clearly than I have ever heard a harp played before. An exhilarating start to a marvelous concert.

Like Tchaikovsky, Edvard Grieg was also a romantic and based the early part of his Piano Concerto in A minor on the folk music of his beloved Norway. The concerto is the only one Grieg wrote and it is considered one of the most popular in the world. Like so much memorable music, the major theme is based on five simple notes and the way this young pianist hit those notes gave immediate assurance that a treat was in store. So assured is Grosvenor that, much of the time, he was able to watch the conductor and orchestra while still producing the lightest touch, perfect timing and the ability to switch comfortably into the stronger, more demanding passages, crossing hands and expertly trilling from one end of the piano to the other. The result was complete synchronicity between piano and orchestra to the extent that, at the finish, even the musicians were applauding with their bows on their music stands as well as their hands.

This Symphony is so detailed and complicated you really need to be a psychology major to appreciate the depth of sentiment this tortured man was trying to express. On the other hand, when you begin to dissect it, you find a human being under all the blustering and a man with a sense of fairness and fun. He demonstrated that sometimes you just have to make the best of your fate. No wonder Tchaikovsky’s music is still played with love around the world!  
 
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