On the face of it, Friday evening’s Naples Philharmonic live performance was a trio of warhorsies, able to lope frivolously underneath a visitor conductor.
However what’s being carried out — Mozart’s thirty fifth (Haffner) Symphony, the Haydn Trumpet Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 — are all linked in considerate methods, a triple-link chain of music.
First, the Haydn connection. For a person who grew up underfed, undereducated and a textbook case for little one labor legal guidelines, his sunny music is injectable pleasure, and each Mozart and Beethoven took the vaccine. Haydn was a buddy, a efficiency colleague and constant promoter for younger Wolfgang, who devoted six sonatas to him; later Haydn would have Beethoven as a scholar. All three even had the identical patron in Gottfried van Swieten, a person who knew the worth of spreading his wealth round.
Then there are the circumstances for every of the works: Beethoven’s as the important thing that basically unlocked his recognition as a musical drive. Mozart’s was feverishly penned in spurts as a pressured mid-career composition that even shocked its creator with its vitality. Haydn’s is the work of a senior composer, assured sufficient to take a flyer on a virtually new instrument: a trumpet performed with flute-type keys.
The keyed trumpet — like one other innovation, the trombone-slide trumpet — did not final. However we who play the valve devices are darn grateful it was there for Haydn, as a result of his Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra took most benefit of the brand new vary and subtleties. It is loaded with trills, octave leaps and mid-note diminuendos, however in service of the work’s melodies relatively than as gymnastics efficiency. It’s the usual for all different trumpet concertos.
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And people on the Artis—Naples efficiency Friday evening heard a mannequin efficiency. As featured artist Ansel Norris, assistant principal trumpet for the Naples Philharmonic, performed a flawless concerto: vivid, clear and clear via his trills and runs. There may be by no means a doubt why he took residence a prize from the brass division of the Tchaikovsky competitors — simply value a second standing ovation. He has what gave the impression of excellent companion for him as effectively in his Schilke E-flat trumpet.
Behind him visitor conductor Carlos Izcaray and the orchestra simmered, holding again to only let the trumpet carry this work. It opened up extra for the ultimate work, which, whereas dishing out with money owed to Mozart, particularly within the second motion, units up Beethoven as a groundbreaker.
There are anticipatory setups within the strings, an affinity for the timpani, and he use of surprising devices for the bulletins that is perhaps usually distributed to brass within the first motion.
Even again then, Beethoven was including some spicy dissonance to the brass about two minutes into the opening motion.
Even with a smaller quantity, someplace round 35 by an eyeball rely, this primary symphony sails by underneath the Naples Philharmonic and Izcaray. The philharmonic has developed a laser-precise potential to manage quantity to dramatic impact. That is important for the ultimate motion, which tiptoes in earlier than it scampers across the stage and jumps on all of the chairs. It is dealt with effectively with Izcaray, a stand-in for Music Director Andrey Boreyko, who remains to be in Europe due to U.S. COVID restrictions on journey from there.
The Haffner Symphony, however, got here collectively a bit extra slowly. We’d have most well-liked a extra exuberant cost from orchestra and conductor within the first motion — in any case, this was written for a celebration. Additional, it was about to take us right into a extra gradual, deliberate second act, which fashions a few of these prolonged notes that Beethoven picked up.
You barely take a breath with the three-minute third motion earlier than the Fourth is there, and at this level Izcaray and the Naples Philharmonic are able to fly. They barely contact floor with a light-weight, fast studying with sturdy punctuation.
It is a ravishing night, and whereas we miss the preconcert talks, individuals who have are available in pods ought to know the little café within the Norris Backyard is open afterward for a fast sip of conviviality and live performance submit mortem. The live performance repeats Saturday night.
Harriet Howard Heithaus covers arts and leisure for the Naples Each day Information/naplesnews.com. Attain her at 239-213-6091.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 6
The place: Hayes Corridor, Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples
To buy: artisnaples.org or 239-597-1900
Issues to know: Masks are required, and ushers are watching to ensure they’re utterly on in the course of the live performance; additionally there are bag size limitations of 14 by 6 by 4 inches