Eugene Tzigane leads a glorious FWSO concert

Stefan Jackiw
Dallas News

If you want to hear some really gorgeous orchestral playing, I highly recommend one of the repeat performances of this week’s Fort Worth Symphony program. It’s no secret that the FWSO has become an accomplished ensemble, but rarely has it displayed the elegance of tone and detail coaxed Friday night by guest conductor Eugene Tzigane.

Although his conducting could do with less interpretive dance, he commanded an expressive subtlety that hardly can be taught.

Violinist Stefan Jackiw, the soloist in Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s sumptuous Violin Concerto, is a Boston native born to parents of Korean and German descent. With a silvery tone that just occasionally got a little steely, he supplied dazzling brilliance and bold expressivity. If anything, his dramatic molding of phrases sometimes flirted with excess, and his tendency to rush virtuosic passages sometimes challenged the orchestra to keep up.

But this was an intensely committed and brilliantly executed performance, the violin’s first entrance in the slow movement of heart-stopping beauty. Tzigane had the orchestra supplying the most luxurious sounds imaginable.

With phrases lovingly molded, the music always clearly directed toward goals both short- and long-range, there wasn’t a note on automatic pilot. This is a conductor I’m eager to experience again.


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