April 20, 2015

Richness, transparency and virtuosity

Charles Pope Jr., ConcertoNet.com

Following the richness and finesse of the Elgar, Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme was the perfect segue, another set of variations, this time with a cello soloist. And Stéphane Tétreault proved to be a most formidable soloist, a genuine virtuoso and an immaculate musician. The young soloist’s upper register in particular was astounding, particularly in the cadenza-like fifth variation. But the true success of this performance – orchestra and soloist – was that it encouraged listeners to sit back, relax and enjoy rather than analyse or indulge in even positive critique.

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