Ensemble LPR w/Jennifer Koh, violin
Tito Muñoz, conductor
Jennifer Koh, violin
(le) poisson rouge, NYC
Friday, June 14th, 2013
An interesting 3-part show of sorts–Jennifer Koh the guest soloist alone, again with orchestra, and then the orchestra alone.
It started with Jennifer Koh in a black dress playing John Zorn’s “Passagen for solo violin” from 2011. Sounding just as abrasive and taxing as the composer’s “Goetia” (which Jennifer also recorded), Koh rendered the 11-minute work with crumbling intensity, and gave such an explosive reminder of that earlier piece. John Zorn is one of my favorites, and definitely one of the greatest people to successfully bridge the world of classical music with the world of new music.
Koh was then joined by the first appearance of the night by the Ensemble LPR, and they proceeded with Charles Wuorinen’s “Spin 5 for violin and 18 Musicians”. The piece’s overall tonality reminded me a little of the Schoenberg violin concerto.
Having heard this ensemble for the first time ever, it was great to hear a small orchestra inside an intimate venue–Now, if they crammed the NY Phil up on that stage, one can only imagine, but when ELPR performed Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, I think we got some kind of idea of that. It was a really good performance, and despite the intimacy and dryness of the sound, compared to having actually heard an orchestra play it at Carnegie, it still didn’t sound so naked. Great job from Maestro Muñoz and the ensemble (and Jennifer).