Review: Jacques Lacombe concludes NJSO tenure with Ravel flourish

Posted on: June 17, 2016

“This weekend marked the end of the New Jersey Symphony’s 93rd season—and the conclusion of Jacques Lacombe’s tenure as its 13th Music Director,” writes James C. Taylor in Wednesday’s (6/15) Star Ledger (Newark, N.J.). The program “opened by showing the orchestra’s outreach toward new music by young composers [including] ‘Night in the City’ is a short orchestral piece by Chris Rogerson, who was one of the four inaugural members of NJSO’s Edward T. Cone Composition Institute….  Lacombe … a low-key presence at the podium … brought out the very best in the orchestra with two pieces by Maurice Ravel. In ‘La Valse’ Lacombe gave the 1920 piece a bouncy tempo and excellent balance. Ravel’s music contains both color and texture, and it was all audible—plus performed with panache. This continued in the Suite No. 2 from ‘Daphnis and Chloe,’ which opened with a flourish of swirling arpeggios [in] a crisp account of the 1912 score. Ravel’s melodies were gracefully articulated, with just the right amount of impressionism. The music breathed with life and felt vital. Bravo, Maestro Lacombe—this was a fitting conclusion to your tenure with the NJSO.” Also on the program was Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with soloist Joyce Yang.

Posted June 17, 2016