|Tchaikowsky:||Overture to Romeo and Juliet|
|Gunther Schuller:||Violin Concerto No. 2|
|Beethoven:||Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67|
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Young-Uck Kim, violin
Zdenek Macal, conductor
Violinist Young-Uck Kim was breathtakingly brilliant in the fiendishly difficult, brand-new Violin Concerto No. 2, completed in July this year by Gunther Schuller, and performed before a capacity audience Sunday afternoon at the Union Theater with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, under the equally brilliant baton of its regular conductor, Zdenek Macal, with the composer in attendance. The concerto was by far the most arresting Schuller work I've heard.
To my great surprise, Macal was less commanding and revealing in Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, which followed the concerto, than he was in the Tchaikowsky Overture to Romeo and Juliet", which preceded it.
Isthmus, September, 1991
Copyright 1992 Jess Anderson