The Asian Youth Orchestra’s performance at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall on Aug. 8 was lively and spirited but not quite up to the standards of the seven previous performances I’ve seen.
As in the past, the AYO — which this year is made up of 104 musicians between the ages of 15 and 25 from throughout Asia under the conductorship of Richard Pontzious — exhibited an abundance of energy, enthusiasm and excitement. However, these qualities seemed at times to dominate the performance at the expense of precision, subtlety and technique.
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