Review: Columbus Symphony Orchestra proves it can’t go wrong with the classics

02.18.17
Shai Wosner
The Columbus Dispatch

By Jennifer Hambrick

There's nothing like an all-Mozart concert to bring you in touch with the soft underbelly of your own humanity.

That's the kind of truth that the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, with music director Rossen Milanov and piano soloist Shai Wosner, laid bare Friday night at the Southern Theatre in a program of some of Mozart's most inspired creations.

The opening of the overture to the opera "Don Giovanni" came across with menacing intensity and gravitas. What the orchestra lacked in the clarity of the rhythmic syncopations it gained in the richness of the overall sound.

After the slow introduction, there was no dearth of clarity in the Allegro section, which also overflowed with cheerfulness.

Pianist Wosner is an artist who, like all the finest, embodies equal parts head and heart. His opening solo episode in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21, K. 467 was a sparkling display of flawless technique that shimmered with the nuance of moonlight on a rippling lake.

Wosner's approach to the first movement's development section was less emotive than some, but it brimmed with fluid shadings in dynamics and color, all the while striding along with purpose. His cadenza was a technical and dramatic tour de force, with striking dynamic shifts, fun harmonic turns and even a quote from one of Mozart's opera arias.
 
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