Every year the festival ends spectacularly and this year is no exception. An orchestra of symphonic proportions made up of young players who have graduated from their musical studies and are ready to take on the musical world. Boris Brott is an expert at moulding young players into a very competent orchestra as he has proven a number of times here at the festival and this group could be his best yet. The generous program included two piano concertos, Mozart’s 10th for two pianos and Beethoven’s G Major, number 4 and the concert began with Elgar’s Enigma Variations, (I still have to leave the control room during Nimrod, 3 years just isn’t long enough). The orchestra sounded wonderful – crisp entries and a beautifully balanced sound. They’ve obviously worked hard to get to this level and their performances were a joy to listen to. Of course Janina Fialkowska and the duo of Jim Anagnoson and Leslie Kinton are masters of the keyboard and they gave us two flawless concerto performances. If you weren’t in the audience, you were in the wrong place.
David Burnam – celebrated CBC producer and tonemeister.