February 4, 2017


Samara Napolitan

Von Oeyen gave a tasteful, yet restrained, performance alongside the orchestra. In the virtuosic solo passages, von Oeyen allowed the trademarks of Mozart’s style (balance, clarity and delicacy) to shine without adding any overly-dramatic flourishes. The woodwind section owned its important role of driving the musical conversation in the first and second sections of the piece. During the finale, von Oeyen articulated variations with quick-witted lightness — evocative of Mozart’s famed pet starling, the singing of which is sometimes said to have inspired the tune.

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