The Cleveland Orchestra
Robin Ticciati, conductor
Simon Trpčeski, piano
Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto
Liadov: The Enchanted Lake
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2
Saturday, October 27
Robin Ticciati makes his Cleveland Orchestra debut in concerts featuring Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Simon Trpčeski as soloist at Severance Hall on October 25, 26, and 27
I apologize for the brevity of this article’s title. It in fact should read to the effect that the Cleveland Orchestra performed a Universe Altering, Life Changing, Scope of Monumental Proportions and Absolutely Wonderful Performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto Number Two much to the delight of the assembled audience on Friday morning. Alas, there is not enough room to do so.
In fact, it is hard to put into words the feeling one has in listening to the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall performing Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with Simon Trpčeski at the piano and Robin Ticciati conducting.
Remarkable…Exceptional…Astounding…Shimmering…Powerful…Life Affirming…Stirring…these are merely words and they pale in comparison by the performance given at the Friday morning matinee. As Simon Trpčeski seated himself at the piano you could tell by his demeanor that this was to be a performance to remember. After a slight pause to brace himself he dove into the piece.
What makes Rachmaninoff’s music so difficult is the fact that Rachmaninoff tailored all of his music to his physique which was that of a large man with a huge reach and powerful hands and wrists. It is truly a physically demanding piece from start to finish. Simon has all the physical attributes needed to not only survive this work but excel in it as well. His power is evident as he brings out the crashing crescendos but also has the delicate touch to rifle through the lightning quick passages.
Many parts of the Second Piano Concerto are easily recognized even by audience members who have never heard the piece before in its entirety. This work has inspired a number of great contemporary classics such as “Full Moon and Empty Arms”, “Ever and Forevermore”, “If This is Goodbye” and “This is My Kind of Love”. I would also like to add that the most recent borrowing from this piece was done by Eric Carmen (nephew of Muriel Carmen who served as violinist in the Cleveland Orchestra from 1951 to 1994) in his hit song “All By Myself”.
As the piece proceeded, Conductor Robin Ticciati could be seen working himself into a lather as he took command of the orchestra and coaxed the very best these extraordinary musicians had to offer. With the last resounding chords the piece ended to deafening applause and a standing ovation that lasted through any number of curtain calls. It was truly the performance of a lifetime.
Following a very short intermission (that allowed just enough time for patrons to rush out to their cars and slip another quarter into the meters that have a two hour limit-shame on you City of Cleveland) the orchestra returned to play the Symphony No. 2 in D major, Opus 43 of Jean Sibelius.
This is a fascinating work that features interesting pairings of instruments at various intervals of its four movements. It is when one realizes that Jean Sibelius was Finnish and thus influenced by the folk songs of his country that all the elements fall into place. One has to be patient in listing to this piece. Only small parts are revealed in the early stages. It is only later in the piece that all the symphonic elements come together to a satisfying blend. This is a piece that the Cleveland Orchestra is well adapted to and one that most audience members will be fascinated with.
My only comment of the day is in the order of the concert. I felt that the Rachmaninoff work was the much stronger of the two and should have been played in the final part of the concert. I believe that one should always end with ones strength, but that is my opinion only.
There is still one performance left that is scheduled tonight. Opening the evening performance will be “The Enchanted Lake”, Opus 62 by Anatoli Liadov followed by Rachmaninoff and closing with Sibelius. You really should seek out tickets for this performance. You will be dazzled…I guarantee it. Five stars is a given on this concert with regret that I am so limited.
FREE CONCERT PREVIEWS
Beginning one hour prior to the October 27 concert, a Concert Preview titled “Mood and Melody” will be given in Reinberger Chamber Hall by Rose Breckenridge, Cleveland Orchestra Music Study Groups administrator and lecturer. One hour prior to the October 26 Friday Morning Matinee concert, the Preview will be given in the Concert Hall. The series is funded by a generous endowment gift from Dorothy Humel Hovorka.
These concerts are supported through the generosity of the BakerHostetler Guest Artist series sponsorship.
The Cleveland Orchestra’s Friday Morning Concert Series is endowed by the Mary E. and F. Joseph Callahan Foundation.
Simon Trpčeski’s appearance with The Cleveland Orchestra is made possible by a gift to the Orchestra’s Guest Artist Fund from The Payne Fund.
TICKET AND PARKING INFORMATION
OCTOBER 27 TICKET PRICES
Orchestra: $89, $59; Dress Circle: $119, $69; Balcony: $89, $69, $49.
The Severance Hall Ticket Office is located in the Smith Lobby. The entrance and 15-minute Ticket Service parking are along East Boulevard. The Ticket Office is open 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday-Friday and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. It is closed Sundays and holidays, except for those days with performances, when the Ticket Office opens 3 hours before concert start time.
Group Sales (groups of 10 or more): Call the Cleveland Orchestra Group Sales Office at Severance Hall at 216-231-7493 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
For information about parking for Severance Hall concerts, click here.
Venue information: Severance Hall, which opened in 1931 as the home of The Cleveland Orchestra, is located at 11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106.