Review: ASO’s David Coucheron plays Beethoven nobly, Knussen and Lutosławski complement
After intermission came the big draw for the audience, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with concertmaster David Coucheron as soloist. What we got was better than simple excitement: an exceptionally noble performance. In many ways that sprang from choice of tempos. They were on the reserved side, not too fast, which did not diminish perception of Coucheron’s technical acumen one bit, rather it gave breathing room for how it was musically applied. A fellow audience member described Coucheron’s performance and stage presence as “majestic.”
Unhurried, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto came across more powerful and convincing than it would played with less reserved tempos that I had wrongly anticipated. Coucheron’s cadenzas felt deep and thoughtful, and fully held the attention. The final movement impressed as fully being the country dance that it should be rather than a sprint across the dance floor that it sometimes is. All to good result in closing a concert that was enjoyable and satisfying overall.
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