Metro Chamber Orchestra performs world premiere of Deon
Nielsen Price's Concerto for Oneness, April 27,2013, Amanda
Lo, violinist; Philip Nuzzo, Conductor.
From the first notes of movement one, Energico, I knew I
was in for a treat. The energy and power of the opening
told the audience that we were at "one" with the music. We
were blessed to have a fine soloist, Amanda Lo, who played
with deep expression and understanding of Price's,
concerto. The first movement had a stunning change of mood
in its center which was persuasive and instructive in its
musical purpose to make a convincing statement that each
person has the one ability to identify her unique self.
When we were back once again to the passion of the opening
measures, we were, as one, uplifted and joyful.
The second movement, Andante, was gorgeous, it helped us
find that oneness in the first movement in a more quiet
place within ourselves. The violin played sweetly with
moving intensity, fulfilling the intent of the composer.
Complex, though accessible, you could feel the involvement
of the audience, at one with the music, being entered by
the music with quiet welcome.
Energico-Giocoso, the third movement, was exactly named, it
was joyful energy. The hope, the boundless enthusiasm of
this music was inspiring. We were left with an infusion of
joy that the audience proclaimed, not only with applause,
but with the energy the movement had given us.
From the program notes we learned that the composer based
harmony and rhythm on a chord with Interval Vector 1 1 1 1
1 1. The result is a violin concerto style that is both
familiar and strange, tonal but neither major or minor.
This splendid piece was on a season finale program
including C.P.E. Bach's Concerto for flute in D Minor and
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Brooklyn Conservatory
Chorale at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity in Brooklyn.
Price's Concerto for Oneness has a special place in her
oeuvre that I will remember and keep with me forever. Thank
you for the music which I which I loved, loved, loved.
Review by Lucille Field, Soprano, Professor Emerita, Brooklyn College, New York City