Brandon Keith Brown
Sergio A. Mims writes:
Swing and blade
Dietmar Ebert about the concert (B2) of the Jena Philharmonic Thursday, October 20, 2016
Great Alphorn concert of Daniel
Schnyder with Arkadi Shilkloper
and Bruckner's Symphony No. 6
... a sort of calling card of American
conductor Brandon Keith Brown
The highly talented young American Brandon Keith Brown
has conducted three works that could not be more
different. The overture to Rossini's opera "William Tell"
rang in rare listening sophistication. An extra
praise deserve Henriette Lätsch and Alexander Wegelin
(cello solos), Andrea Abé (English horn) and Manfred
The Russian hornist Arkady Shilkloper played the solo part
in Daniel Schnyder's "Concerto for Alphorn and Orchestra",
which he had lifted the 2004 Menuhin Festival in Gstaad
from the baptism. He conjured tones and sounds on the
alphorn, which had never have expected this
instrument. They originated in part by circular breathing,
that the exhaled air is inhaled briefly again, by
multiphonics, by buzzing and especially by a technologically
savvy lip movement.
Daniel Schnyder is the Jena public as a composer and
saxophonist as one of the most creative composers of
between classical music and jazz commutes, well
known. His Concerto for Alphorn and Orchestra revives
the tradition of the classical concert on especially
in its three movements. At the same time it is characterized
by jazz and swing. It calls for the soloist to art and design
from all that can afford the Alphorn today. At the beginning
and after a most brilliant cadenza Arkady Shilkloper almost
breath-were to hear cowbells in different sizes
and Tonstimmungen. Almost like the cattle drive. In the
middle set the mood of a solo instrument and orchestra
is toned lyrical. A peaceful, pastoral mood spreading. In the
final set, it immediately begins to swing. From the
exchange between jokes and actions, between
Alphorn and Orchestra, the concert closes without
pathos. "An American in Switzerland?" "A Swiss in America?"
Maybe idyll in the mountains and busy life in
the big cities. Thunderous applause and bravos for Arkady
Shilkloper who thanked with a virtuosic improvisation and
interested in the break listeners willingly his instrument
and its technique explained.
In Schnyder's Alphorn concert Brandon Keith Brown was
the orchestra swing and gorgeous sound.
Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 6 was completed in 1881
and no longer updated.
For me that was the best performance of a Bruckner symphony since the time when Andrey Boreyko served as chief conductor of the orchestra. It was quite amazing how flexible and secure all musicians of the Philharmonic Orchestra could adjust to three completely different styles of music associated compositions and how they were always superior out of Brandon Keith Brown.