The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra successfully brought its 2019 Summermusik to a close with an all 18th century program highlighted by clarinetist Julian Bliss playing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major.

Conductor Eckart Preu, celebrated both his birthday and his third Summermusik at the helm of the increasingly better-sounding Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, extracting every moment of melodic invention, every sforzando entrance from the strings, every hint of syncopation and harmonic daring contained in the 39th, one of Mozart’s great trio of symphonies.

The program also featured British clarinetist Julian Bliss in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major, displaying seamless legato, virtuosic agility, and evenness of tone in one of Mozart’s most beautiful compositions. Preu brought back Bliss to have the final musical say in an arrangement for clarinet and orchestra of George Gershwin’s Summertime, a suitably summery closing to a superb summer of Summermusik.

Rafael de Acha     http://www.RafaelMusicNotes.com