DSO: Thrills with A German Requiem

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra turned in a magnificent concert Oct. 9 featuring works by two very different composers. The first was Bela Bartok’s “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, featuring guest artist Yuja Wang and conducted by Jaap Van Zweden. With three movements to the piece (Allegretto, Adagio Religioso and Allegro Vivace), the string players held a steady pace maintaining the fastest notes without getting behind. The whole orchestra provided tremendous, well-tuned emotional depth to the piece and kept the rhythms in order. It was fantastic.

The second piece performed was Joannes Brahms’ “A German Requiem,” featuring soprano Lisette Opopesa and baritone Matthias Goerne conducted by Jaap van Zweden. The Dallas Symphony Chorus, led by Joshua Habermann, was added to the orchestra and performed magically for the audience. It takes a lot of sound, tempos, dynamics and lots of musicians in order to perform perfectly.

There are seven movements to the piece. It’s an intriguing composition that ranges from dramatic passages in full forte mode with a vocalist in front, to the next movement, which is more relaxed. As the chorus sang through the movements, they took short breaks that allowed their voices to relax. It was a challenging fun piece to listen to and must have been to perform.

Overall, it was one of the best performances and longest concerts I have ever attended in person, outside of orchestra class.

Grade: A+