Review: Sixteen-Year-Old Daniel Lozakovich Makes Impressive Debut with BSO at Tanglewood
By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, July 10, 2017
After a wet start, heavenly weather accompanied the final days of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s opening weekend at Tanglewood. Under vivid blue skies and aside a gentle breeze, Andris Nelsons lead the impressive BSO, and I believe North American debut of a very young violinist and a memorable reading of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, nicely bookending three days that began with the composers second symphony and a visit with Sondheim.
You may not know the name Daniel Lozakovich, but you soon will as the Swedish violinist is poised for an early career to rival that of Midori or Bell. An impressive list of solo appearances with lesser European orchestras has laid the foundation for upcoming appearances with the world’s leading. Deutsche Grammophon has signed Lozakovich to an exclusive.
His playing was impressive in Sunday’s Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 in G. It’s not yet a big sound, but it’s pleasing and solid. His tempi are grounded and confident and his tuning is accurate, dotted only here and there with some youthful ripeness. Youthful also describes his sensitive, unostentatious and touching interpretation. His playing is nimble and satisfying, and on Sunday, the Adagio sang from the heart. Throughout he was well accompanied by the orchestra. Lozakovich has no other North American appearances on his schedule yet, but look for him as he soon will.
Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in G couldn’t be more different than his apocalyptic second symphony which opened the weekend (though both visit Heaven). By Mahler standards, as breezy as this Berkshire Sunday afternoon. Bells and birds flit throughout and the BSO’s reading was as impressive as that of its opening night. Nelsons conducts Mahler well. Instrumental solos dot this work and, again, individual playing was rich. Soprano Kristine Opolais headlined the final fourth movement with a velvety reading of “Das Himmlische Leben” (“Life in Heaven”), which anchors the symphony and from which, writing in reverse, the earlier movements were built. Throughout the work, texture is airy. The strings played the serene third movement with unsurpassable tenderness, preparing nicely for the peek at heaven that follows.
With heaven top of mind, folks lingered to enjoy the vivid sky, the gentle breeze, and the late afternoon sun.
The exciting Daniil Trifonov plays Mozart on Friday the 14th. If you have time for just one concert next weekend, it will be Wagner’s Das Rheingold on Saturday evening, a season highlight.
Click here for our complete overview of the 2017 Tanglewood season.
Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, Andris Nelsons conducting Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 in G, K. 216 and Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 4 in G, July 9, 2017 with Daniel Lozakovich, violin and Kristine Opolais, soprano.
Cover Photo: Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts; photo: ZEALnyc.