IVCI Romantic/Post Romantic Finals - day one


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

with aplomb.

Thursday's program opened with Ji Young Lim also playing No.

4, with her passages perhaps too well articulated, tending toward a staccato

sound.  Her

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

her own?

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