Instrumentalist - Cello
Colin Carr's outstanding cello
Chinese-American conductor Cheung Chau led the Lublin Philharmonic on Friday. Under his baton the ensemble performed Witold Lutoslawski's Little Suite, Robert Schumann's cello Concerto and Sergei Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5.

Cheung Chau, Director of Sinfonietta Polonia, is already known to polish audiences and recognized as a sensitive and effective interpreter of Polish modern music. In Lutoslawski's Little Suite he enhanced all references to polish folklore excellently, built culminations with consequence and conviction. Noteworthy are Chau's truly remarkable feeling for specificity of Polish music, his indeed solid conducting technique/métier and his methods of working with the orchestra thanks to which a given work is shaped in a very clear, transparent and dynamic way.

This was a high-quality concert also or perhaps above all due to the participation of cellist Colin Carr. Upon reading the artist's biography one may be astounded not only at the number of his accomplishments but with the versatility of this artist's endeavors. Carr is heard at nearly all prestigious festivals in Europe. His repertoire includes works of diverse periods. He performs as soloist with the best orchestras. His recordings have been highly praised by critics. Carr is open to new challenges, curious about the world, ever fascinated with his chosen profession.

All these traits were palpable during Friday's concert. Carr played spectacularly, his cello sounded gorgeously, and his interpretation was full of poetry and subtlety. Schumann's Cello Concerto is a study in color of the cello-one is rarely given a chance to delight in the instrument's lowest strata as it is possible in this work. Colin Carr took full advantage of all attributes of Schumann's work, causing the audience to hold their breath. The orchestra accompanied the soloist superbly, with splendid dynamic proportions thanks to which no detail of the cello part was ever covered. Praiseworthy was the duet between the soloist and Maria Blaszczak-Szost in the second movement.

After the intermission, the orchestra performed Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5. Prokofiev's music does not belong to the ‘easy'-besides technical difficulties it encompasses multiple hidden meanings, allegories, pathos and a bit of malicious humor characteristic for the composer. To render all that Prokofiev wrote intelligently and on the highest level of performance one has to coexist with his music frequently. Bearing in mind objective difficulties encountered by every orchestra that plays Prokofiev sporadically, one must appreciate the efforts of Lublin Philharmonic, without, however, being able to fully agree with Cheung Chau who stated, at the end of the evening, that everything went splendidly.

Dorota Gonet, Gazeta Wuborcza (Lublin, Poloand)
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