The Tennessee Cello Workshop opened last evening with a performance by the University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra of David Ott’s Concerto for Two Cellos and Orchestra. The soloists were Wesley Baldwin of the UT School of Music and Carter Enyeart of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. James Fellenbaum conducted.
The work was commissioned for David Teie and Steven Honigberg, and the National Symphony Orchestra under Mstislav Rostropovich. The work bursts with waves of energy and excitement that hit the listeners not unlike waves crashing onto a beach. And like any positive beach experience, there are moments, too, of serenity and lyricism, moments of elation, and moments of sadness. This is a piece of notorious difficulty, yet one with gorgeous tonal complexity and driving energy which Baldwin and Enyeart handled beautifully.