Critical acclaim for the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra on its 2010 by gdf57j


									            Critical acclaim for the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
                               on its 2010 US Tour

Boston Herald
Bringin’ down the Gewandhaus
Keith Powers
Saturday, February 27, 2010

“…this program was thoroughly engaging and full of artistic excellence. Lortie’s interpretation of
“Emperor”…was performed with integrity and a strong sense of awareness of the other players
around him…This appearance marked the orchestra’s eighth Celebrity Series engagement. Anyone
in attendance can only hope for many more.”

The New York Times
Hurtling through Beethoven, With Grace
Vivien Schweitzer
Wednesday, March 3, 2010

“…members of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra were perched on the edge of their seats, bows
flying and heads tossing, during their feisty performance at Carnegie Hall on Saturday evening.
The high-octane, virtuosic interpretations of conventional repertory offered by this venerable
ensemble and Riccardo Chailly, its chief conductor since 2005, rendered the evening anything but
predictable…[The performances] began with a dynamic rendition of Beethoven’s “Leonore”
Overture No. 3…The excellent violinist Nikolaj Znaider maintained the excitement during his virile
performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto…Mr. Chailly opened the second half with a vigorous
rendition of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World,” with fast tempos, dramatic shadings
and sharply defined phrasing. The second movement was beautifully rendered, with a lovely
English horn solo…The final movement flew by in a blaze of color. “

Los Angeles Times
Riccardo Chailly and the world’s oldest orchestra at Disney Hall
Mark Swed
Thursday, February 18, 2010

“The “Emperor” was big and bright. Chailly knocked out accents as though he were merrily
shooting ducks at a carnival booth, and he made sure momentum never lagged. But he also made
space for Lortie’s pianistic sparks to fly. This was pianism in the percussive, grandly virtuosic
tradition. Everything was clear, vivid, brilliant.”

The Orange County Register
Leipzig Gewandhaus, Chailly, make old program sound new
Timothy Mangan
Saturday, February 20, 2010

“The basic sound of this orchestra is one of its glories. There’s age in it, character in it, a lovely
patina. It doesn’t sound like other orchestras. The string section is something to write home about.
It produces dark, burnished pastel colors, but also has a lot of power when it wants to. Seated in
the German style, with violins placed left and right of the conductor, and the basses isolated to the
left (you get a really pure bass sound that way), the section also plays with a great transparency.
You seem to hear all of the 60-some players individually, not just one congealed glob of them.
Mere tremolos vibrated wondrously…Chailly rode them hard, but the sound never fell apart, never
grated, never lost its character.”
San Francisco Classical Voice
Stunner from Leipzig
Steven Winn
Sunday, February 21, 2010

“It was a captivating night of music-making all around. What prevailed above all was a unity of
purpose, the sense of an orchestra as a single instrument devoted to whatever cause was at hand.
Entrances and cutoffs were faultlessly precise. Balance and dynamics were exquisitely controlled.
Every pizzicato stroke was clean. Each lyrical phrase was carefully shaped and sung. The brasses
rose to their tasks in an organic way, emphatic without any piercing pyrotechnics. The woodwinds
warbled and keened. The timpanist thundered and muttered appropriately.”

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