What can I say? Some gigs are just a great experience from start to finish. When the organization treats you well and the rehearsals and performances are seamless AND you happen to be dealing with one of the greatest works by one of the greatest composers of all time, you are….as they say in the headlines of late….Winning!
We had three performances of the Brahms Requiem with the Silicon Valley Symphony for very engaged and appreciative audiences at the beautiful California Theater in San Jose. Gregory Vajda led the big ensemble with soul, conviction and nuance. Lisa Vroman sang simply beautifully in the soprano solo. The chorus and orchestra came together powerfully to provide that broad and earthy wall of sound so crucial to this piece. Your truly, bringing up the low end, did my best to sing with both passion and subtlety in the powerful baritone solo. Thankfully, this reviewer enjoyed my contribution. The review on whole is a bit confusing and, for my taste, a bit unfair and perhaps undereducated in some of the comments about the orchestra and chorus. Nevertheless, I’ll gladly take the high praise he dished on me:
“Yet the performance improved when Curran started
singing in the third section (“Lord, make me to know
mine end”). Whether feeling inspired or challenged
by his bold delivery, the choir suddenly found a
strength that had been lacking. Unfortunately, it
lasted only through the end of Curran’s solo.
Elegantly and powerfully, the bass stole the
spotlight. When he sang “Lord, what do I wait for?
My hope is in thee,” the audience surely felt the
helplessness in that cry….
Curran’s return in the penultimate movement (“For
we have no permanent city, but we seek one to
come”) once again underscored his power to draw
more musicality from the whole ensemble.”