She played it perfectly, the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4 in D, K. 218. With perfect legato, perfect passage
work, the smoothest transitions without any burps or bleeps, S. Korean Yu Jin
Jang dominated her five finalist cohorts--four of them also Korean and one from
the U.S., over Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Moreover Jang gave us the most
consistently beautiful vibrancy in her tonal rendering, with the precision of
the accompanying East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) adding to the allure.
Thursday's second best playing came from Dami Kim, who also
provided all the earmarks of a top-tier performance, this time with Mozart's
Fifth Concerto--just not as consistently as Jang. Every now and then we heard a wobble
or an off-pitch jump. Otherwise
Kim considerably improved over her
playing in the semi-finals.
Both players managed Mozart's many tempo and rhythmic changes
Thursday's program opened with Ji Young Lim also playing No.
4, with her passages perhaps too well articulated, tending toward a staccato
vibrato varied from white to wobbly, making her pitches occasionally insecure. And,
as Tessa Lark had done on Wednesday, Joon offered unknown cadenzas--again perhaps
The ECCO closed its Thursday Program with an arrangement of
variations for string orchestra by Francesco Geminiani (1687-1762), as slightly
modified by a contemporary gentleman named Wianco (that's all I got), of La Folia, a tune having passed through
many centuries. This
one was given in a resounding D minor Stürm und Drang, with subtle Modernist
inflections thrown into a basically Baroque structure. We need to hear the ECCO more often. Sept.
19; Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center