CSO, Meyers leave audience amazed at the wonder
The noise-makers were out again Thursday evening for Maestro Andrew Litton: the super-sneezer timing an entry with the timpani in the soft beginning of Mahler’s “‘Titan’ Symphony,” and then the dogs and a few of the others.
But at the end of the evening, which included communication with Mendelssohn and Mahler, the audience walked out amazed at the wonder. It was the amazing wonder of a symphony orchestra so well led and so well informed, and of an artist as tuned to the gods as Anne Akiko Meyers, the master violinist who has made such a mark with her global performances of Mendelssohn’s esteemed Violin Concerto in E Minor.
She arrived in flowing summer whites and with her Stradivarius, and she quickly acknowledged her readiness. In this concerto, the solo instrument starts right in, and one knew it was going to be special. Not special based on fancy flourish, though there were plenty of chances for that. With Meyers, it was played not for drama, but for delectation; not for flash, but for all that is fine. Her artistry has no need for razzmatazz.