The 15th crystal anniversary season of the Metro Manila Concert Orchestra conducted by Josefino “Chino” Toledo featured the outstanding pianist Cristine Coyiuto and her similarly outstanding flutist daughter Caitlin before a capacity audience of music lovers and academicians at the CCP Little Theater.
The first movement, Allegremento, of Ravel’s Concerto in G Major readily pointed up Cristine’s exceeding dexterity, as did the third movement, Presto, both replete with the most rapid scherzos, staccatos, glissandos, runs and chords rendered in virtuosic manner.
In stark contrast to the outer movements was the inner Adagio assai, Cristine’s masterful control expressing placid, lambent moods. Indeed, throughout the Concerto, a firm grasp of Ravel’s essence and style was manifested.
Assisting the pianist with evident authority, Toledo fulfilled the demands of the composer’s craftsmanship; earlier, as he wielded the baton over MCCO, it expressed the expansive, flamboyant spirit of Spain in Chabier’s España, then evoked an exotic somberness in Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin. Debussy’s Marche exuded energy and vigor.
Flutist Caitlin demonstrated her own singular style and fluency in Rodrigo’s Fantasia para un Gentilhombre (Fantasy for a Gentleman). Originally composed for guitar, Caitlin made the work her very own as she briskly stressed the various movements’ dance rhythms.
Pianist and flutist amazed, indeed awed the audience with their electrifying duo performance. In its frenzied, frenetic pace, neither of them lost a beat, the pianist’s sparkling tones complemented by the flutist’s silvery, filigree ones. The duo’s flagrant vitality and vivacity so energized the listeners that they clamored for encores. The first encore was “Veloce” from Claude Bolling’s Suite for flute and jazz piano. The second encore was a new work written for Caitlin: “3011” by Jourdann Petalver. What ensued was so breathtaking, it led the audience rapturously applauding.
Among those present was James Coyiuto—the justifiably proud father and husband.