Toronto’s premiere venue for classical hosted the sensationally gifted American pianist (and MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship recipient) Jeremy Denk leads and performs the solo part of two of Mozart’s most enchanting piano concertos. No. 14 is light, full of grace, and wholeheartedly jubilant. A mere two years later, Mozart’s abilities had developed to the point where he produced the imposing No. 25, quite possibly the finest of all his concertos for piano and orchestra.
The concert also featured Sarah Jeffrey on oboe, Joaquin Valdepeñas on clarinet, Michael Sweeney on bassoon, and Neil Deland on horn. It wasn’t a full orchestra, minimal percussion, and no bass instruments, but with Denk’s light touch, it was just right. Denk did a wonderful job of emphasizing dynamics, and intense emotions. It was a shorter concert, under 2 hours including intermission, but with Denk’s outstanding performance, leading to a standing ovation, he decided to play an encore, in a such a way that many were brought to tears!
The TSO never disappoints, check out what events are coming up on their website, and go for a relaxing yet exhilarating evening at Toronto’s premiere classical music venue!