Swiss Cultural Fund UK

Swiss Cultural Fund UK

Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in London and Edinburgh_August

With the support of the Swiss Cultural Fund in Britain, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich performed on two occasions in the UK this summer: at the Proms in London and at the Edinburgh International Festival. The opening piece of the concert was Cold Heat by Swedish composer Anders Hillborg, a joint commission by the Tonhalle Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. In its essence Cold Heat was a scherzo in its temper and liveliness – demanding a lot from its conductor David Zinman. Tim Ashley described the piece in The Guardian as follows: “... what we actually experience is a slow-moving chorale, fantastically and wildly embroidered. The central section takes the chords away, allowing the music to dance freely. But the chorale returns before the work sinks to its peaceful close”

 

 

The Tonhalle Orchestra performed with dexterity and with its usual balanced and finely tuned quality. Later in the evening the programme moved to more familiar territory, with Dvořk's Symphony No 8 and Mozart's B Flat Piano Concerto K595. The world-famous virtuoso pianist Maria Joo Pires, who has thrilled audiences around the globe with her spontaneity, poise and imaginative playing, delivered a masterly interpretation of Mozart’s final concerto. The evening concluded with the Dvořk symphony which offered the Tonhalle a playground of opportunities to demonstrate their virtuosity and class.