The 10th Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors

21/11/2017 1st STAGE MORNING SESSION

21/11/2017 1st STAGE MORNING SESSION

 Marek Wroniszewski (Poland)


 - G. Verdi – Overture to the opera  “The Force of Destiny”,
 - L. van Beethoven – Symphony No. 7 in A major Op. 92

 

A calm and attentive conductor, he concentrated on work right away – he started from setting the chords in Verdi’s introduction. Communicative, with a well set voice, and…. very tall -so he naturally dominates the orchestra, which does not happen very often here (another tall Polish candidate in this competition!). After corrections, he played the entire overture, and he did it very well. He thanked the orchestra and got down to the corrections, which judging from their poor effect, were rather questionable. He communicated the need for corrections right after starting playing the Symphony, then he played again, etc. Whenever he was giving a concert, he conducted very well, with the impetus corresponding to the dynamism of the excellently playing orchestra. The second movement was conducted very nicely – peacefully, broadly. The third movement was there only to reach the end of the prescribed time…

 

 Nazar Yakobenchuk (Ukraine)


 - C. M. Weber – Overture to the opera “Oberon”,  
 - W. A. Mozart – Symphony “Haffner” in D major KV 385

                                                           

He was working all the time, constantly keeping the musicians occupied.  I think he was nervous, because he was speaking very quietly, he was mumbling something, sometimes singing, once he even lost contact with his baton… An interesting musician, he conducted the 1st movement of the symphony briskly and consciously. During his performance I wrote this sentence to myself, “Perhaps difficult to be fully accepted, but he can do a lot and he has a lot of personal charm on top of it.” The second movement was very good, too, he had many sensible comments in it. He worked well, he conducted nicely – he was likeable!

 

 Su-Han Yang (Taiwan)


 - G. Verdi – Overture to the opera  “The Force of Destiny”,
 - W. A. Mozart – Symphony “Haffner” in D major KV 385

 

He started to play right away, like most contestants, reacting in justified moments, here and there. He is 28 years old, and he still has the charm of a youth. A very interesting young man: vibrant, reacting spontaneously, relaxed, smiling, brilliant. His conducting of the overture was excellent; when he was approaching the end, I couldn’t imagine there wouldn’t be any applause (which had never happened here in the middle of the performance). And I was right, the audience reacted spontaneously to his performance with true applause. Right after that he started to work on “The Force of Destiny”. He gave the orchestra different minor, but precise tasks, which were implemented immediately. When he was humming some melody to the band, he was signing  precisely in tune, which doesn’t happen too often here – such a basic thing, and still an exception… Briskly and decisively, he went on to “Haffner” Symphony and soon he played the entire first movement. He was understandable and legible the entire time, in his gestures, statements, movements, and on top of that he was very down-to-earth and diligent, still remaining a sensitive musician, an artist. The orchestra played very beautifully and grandly for him. He is so cheerful, so full of personal charm, and most importantly, these properties translate into the quality of his work and into an intriguing form of the music he creates. You must admit, it is a wonderful symbiosis!

 

 Iaroslav Zaboiarkin (Russia)


 - G. Verdi – Overture to the opera  “The Force of Destiny”,
 - L. van Beethoven – Symphony No. 7 in A major Op. 92

 

It was a day of interference with the matter – the candidates often interrupted, corrected, pointed out, not always in cases that actually needed that. It is not the most fortunate time for the listeners, but a good opportunity to observe and to get to know the candidates for the Jury. The Russian conductor worked a lot, seemingly effectively, but I often had an impression that he is trotting around one problem, in one place. In the symphony, on the other hand, he gave us a lot of tension and many attractions. Both movements he presented offered a lot of satisfaction to everybody. Definitely  to him, because he felt good on the stage, definitely to the orchestra musicians, who played excellently, and to us, the audience, who thanked him with incredible applause…

 

 Marco Alibrando (Italy)


 - S. Moniuszko – Overture “Fairy Tale”,
 - W.A. Mozart – Symphony “Linz” in C major KV 425

 

I am so happy that Moniuszko composed “Fairy Tale” and that the Italian conductor drew it instead of “The Force of Destiny”. Incidentally, it is good that the 1st stage is over. We should all become honorary members of the Verdi Fans Society and get free tickets to the Beethoven Easter Festivals… And the Italian conductor came to us to popularise the music by … Moniuszko. Thank you! He played with it beautifully, being quite occupied as there are many beautiful, melodious parts in it, which he emphasised nicely. But when he sped up in the finale, not only did he wake everybody up, but also made us laugh, as it turned out it was impossible to play it in such a tempo. The musicians themselves were laughing during this “fire test”, and so were we, as on one hand we were admiring them, but on the other we saw the unreality of the situation. And then, there was Mozart – also incredibly fast, fortunately with the exception of the slow movement, here he saved the lives of the musicians. But in the third movement he remembered his fascination with speed again (I wonder what he drives in his country). And one more obvious thing – his singing of the melody to the orchestra was perfectly in tune, as befits an Italian!