The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Beethoven festival ended as it had begun: well. If Sunday evening’s final work, the Symphony No. 5, seemed a little less than electrifying, I freely grant the possibility that the problem was with me, not them. The playing was taut and energetic, and the Bass Hall audience responded with prolonged applause that for once actually deserved the term “ovation.” It’s possible to burn out on a piece, and I’ve probably heard it a few times too many.
The remainder of the program, especially the Piano Concerto No. 2, seemed fresher. Pianist Adam Golka returned as the soloist, with Miguel Harth-Bedoya on the podium. Golka has had some distinguished teachers, including José Feghali and (currently) Leon Fleisher, and he’s a significant talent in his own right. He scored points with a varied performance that was full of joyous life.
The concert-opener, the Leonore Overture No. 3, was a tasty appetizer.