Lang Lang shines in all-Mozart concert in Atlanta

Mei-Ann Chen

By William E. Ford

In leading the Symphony no. 40 in G minor, Ms Chen showcased how she “plays” the orchestra as if it was one large instrument. She attended to every detail (entrances, dynamics, tempi) as if to remind all of the musicians that they have an equal stake in the performance. And it was apparent in this tightly controlled performance that such a strategy can pay off in creating an exacting and energetic performance. For example, in the second movement Andante, Chen was noticeably busy shaping the volume of each section, which made for free-spirited lyricism. The Menuetto was crisp and clean, exuding a formal charm.

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