by Hani Yassine
The Lance – Arts Editor
There’s a fickle thing when it comes to writing about classical music. For one, I’ve never written, but only listened. It would be quite a stretch to call myself versed; yet there’s a plated enthusiasm where the ears prop up at the sign of an orchestrated tune.
The Intimate Classics, courtesy of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, is a program where you have experts playing the music of masters. An Oct. 18 afternoon saw the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Schubert be played for a quiet, but invested Capitol Theatre audience. With Mozart consisting of the first half, the set was divided into a four-musician flute and oboe quartet. With Jean-Francois Rompre and Graham Mackenzie at flute and oboe respectively, each musician carried the talent, energy and passion needed to drive home a beautiful, joyful piece.
The Mozart set allowed for musicians on stage to showcase their individual skill, as you were able to clearly hear every note being produced from each instrument being played. The level of performance carried on towards the work of Franz Schubert, and the eight different musicians who performed his Octet in F Major. Schubert made up for the second half, as the hour-long set varied from upbeat tunes to contemplative ones. While the music itself had its fair share of repetition, the near flawless performance from the WSO members made it easy to overlook.
Personally it’s all too easy to be engaged in work backed by sheer talent and discipline, but classical is never really one to make any converts. With youth, either you care to listen or you don’t. In a way it’s unfortunate too, as it can be contemplative, reflective and warming. Classical is an evocation in on its own, on top of being a piece of history.