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Utah Arts Review – Fischer, Gomyo team up for a stellar Tchaikovsky with Utah Symphony

by Edward Reichel

Thierry Fischer and Karen Gomyo were great collaborators on Friday at Abravnel Hall, where a near-capacity crowd got to hear the conductor and guest soloist, respectively, play off one another as if by intuition and demonstrate their fine interpretive skills.

The occasion was Utah Symphony’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in a concert rounded out by contemporary composer Andrew Norman’s brief Spiral and Strauss’s mammoth Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony). 

Fischer and Gomyo, leading the way, underscored the fluid melodicism of Tchaikovsky’s Allegro moderato first movement. With the tempo a bit on the slower side they were perhaps a bit too understated and relaxed. But there was good balance between soloist and orchestra, and Gomyo’s technical chops were evident in the nimble virtuosity she brought to the movement’s bravura passages and cadenza.

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