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19 Oct 2018

Claus Peter Flor is back to the Dallas Symphony

Amazing success for M. Claus Peter Flor on the occasion of his return to the podium of the Dallas Symphony of which he was guest principal conductor eight years ago. Scott Cantrell on the Dallas Morning News wrote: "Claus Peter Flor hasn't lost his magic. Returning to lead the Dallas Symphony Orchestra after an eight-year absence, in a program of Wagner and Strauss, the German conductor once again demonstrated a visceral grip on musical tension and fastidious control of dynamics. Imparting never-ending urgency, it shaped crescendos and decrescendos, controlled balances and signaled important entrances. [...] In Death and Transfiguration, Flor's meticulous control of dynamics, over an enormous range, was amazing. From hushed opening lappings of strings, solemnly punctuated by timpani, to shattering climaxes, everything was gauged and balanced just so. But the effect felt wholly organic — indeed, inevitable — never contrived."