Review: Columbus Symphony premieres Pinto-Correia’s “Cipres”

Posted on: April 9, 2018

“A world premiere, a world-class soloist and one of the wildest symphonies the world has ever known blew the roof off the Ohio Theatre Friday night when Rossen Milanov led the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and violin soloist Jennifer Koh in works by Andreia Pinto-Correia, Sibelius and Berlioz,” writes Jennifer Hambrick in Saturday’s (4/7) Columbus Dispatch (OH). “Dedicated to the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Pinto-Correia’s Cipres, inspired by poetry of Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca, was a radiant wash of color. The violins began with only the faintest thread of sound, growing almost imperceptibly. Out of this came a depiction of static water; eerie, towering cypresses; then poplars, then willows, emerging in bristling dissonances. Jennifer Koh dazzled in the Sibelius Violin Concerto…. The introduction of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique was an evocatively hushed dreamscape that opened onto a fever-pulsed performance of the symphony’s idee fixe.… The fourth movement, March to the Scaffold, was raunchy in all the right ways, each musician seeming to delight in Berlioz’s orchestrational oddities.” Andreia Pinto-Correia’s score was commissioned as part of the League of American Orchestras’ Women Composers Readings and Commissions program, administered with the American Composers Orchestra and EarShot and supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Posted April 9, 2018