Tomomi Nishimoto; Mahler Symphony No.5 with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra ("B" Program)

September 20, 2009
Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall, Main Hall

Conductor: Tomomi Nishimoto
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Piano: Freddy Kempf

Mozart: The Abduction from the Seraglio (Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail) Overture
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 K.466
(Piano Encore) Chopin: Nocturne No.27-2
Mahler: Symphony No.5

This was one of the Japan concert tour of maestro Nishimoto and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO). There were three types of programs.

It was my first time to listen a live performance of RPO. I like their strings tune colour very much. It is brilliant. Especially, I like the violoncello's colour most.

I could enjoy the good performance of "the Abduction from the Seraglio Overture". I want to have this performance's CD.

I felt "Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 K.466" was not so fine. I think Mr Kempf strained too much this day. "Chopin: Nocturne No.27-2" was better than Mozart's Concerto.

Regarding "Mahler: Symphony No.5", the main dish of this concert, I think it was very fit for maestro Nishimoto. Also, gengerally, this tune seems to be so much difficult to be both performed and understood. I like Scherzo best, and during Adagietto, I felt that I have been ascending to heaven..... It was a really "Bravo!!!" performance. So many audiences gave them a standing ovation!
I think impression of this piece alters very much depends on various conductors and orchestras, so it seems to be interesting to discover differences through listeining many performances of this in a variety of musicians.
Also, maestro Nishimoto said in her interview that her image of this peice is "Life".

I felt her strong enthusiasm for the work as a conductor definitely through this performance.

*The related Japanese article.