Uto Ughi, soloist and conductor of Orchestra da Camera I Filarmonici di Roma
Judging by the enthusiasm of the audience which packed the Auditorium Conciliazione at the opening concert on Monday evening, Rome also loves Uto Ughi and he was duly thanked with a huge cheer when he took to the stage and launched straight into the exhilarating Praeludium and Allegro by Pugnani-Kreisler. Maintaining an effortless rapport with the audience between pieces as the evening progressed, he explained a little about the music, with often amusing anecdotes about the composers, and even quizzed the audience in the stalls at times - he was the maestro, and for this one evening, we were all his students!
My personal favourite moments during an enjoyably eclectic programme of “greatest hits” for the violin were the elegantly charming Dvorak Humoresque, the exquisite Méditation from Thaïs by Massenet, Kreisler's transcription of the Spanish dance from Vida Breve by De Falla, played with verve and obvious delight, and the exuberant Polonaise op 4.n 1 in D major by Polish composer Wieniawski, whom Ughi introduced as “the Chopin of the violin”.
Uto Ughi per Roma continues at various venues across the city until 16 October, 2013. Tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. For further details visit: UtoUghiPerRoma.com