By Jennifer Hambrick / For The Columbus Dispatch
“At the dawn of a year of notable anniversaries, David Danzmayr led the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and violin soloist Alexandra Conunova on Saturday night in works by Schubert, Sibelius, Grieg and Mendelssohn that celebrate the past as assertively as they grasp the future.
A master of Viennese modernism, Anton Webern reclaimed Vienna’s musical past in his orchestrations of “German Dances” by Schubert. Melodies moved among the instruments as graciously as waltzers passing on a ballroom floor. Early on, the strings lacked some warmth of sound. But a robust string sound soon set in, intermingled with lovely wind solos in Webern’s trademark tone color melodies.
As Finland celebrates a century of independence this year, Moldova’s Conunova made her U.S. debut Saturday night in the violin concerto by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.”