John Axelrod conducts the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra; the program is dedicated to Williams, Holst and Wagner's music.
Concerts at Concertgebouw, in Amsterdam:
Friday, June 21 at 20.15
Sunday, June 23 at 14.15
The new album Schumann with Piano concert op. 54 and Kindersznene op. 15 conducted by da John Axelrod and played by the pianist Gloria Campaner and the Orchestra Filarmonica della Fenice, have got 5 stars from the magazine MUSICA; they say about it:
"John Axelrod does miracles to find the perfect alchemy between orchestra and soloist".
On April 25 and 26 John Axelrod conducts the Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla at Teatro Maestranza. Programme:
John Axelrod returns to LaVerdi, in Milan. He will conduct Brahms' Serenata no.1 and Šostakovič' Symphony no. 6. Born in 1939, a crucial year in twentieth-century history, the Sixth in fact conveys the image of a restless and disturbing, grotesque and tragic world shaped by Šostakovič with a language that is deliberately disjointed and unbalanced, almost as if to mirror a world that had lost its mind.
The concerts will be on Friday 5 at 8 pm and on Sunday 7 at 4 pm, at Auditorium of Milan, Fondazione Cariplo.
Great success for John Axelrod with the Real Orquesta Sinfónica De Sevilla on Germany tour completely sold out, standing ovation and good reviews.
Die Welt from Hamburg writes : "During the concert Axelrod profiled the pure orchestral works imaginatively with excellent balanced sound, in which especially the saxophonist and the flutist enthused".
And the Hamburger Abendblatt: "John Axelrod succeded fantastically in exposing the many timbres with wood winds and strings used as soloists".
Huge success in Sevilla for John Axelrod's special adaptation of Peter Shaffer's famous play "Amadeus": "El director de nuestra sinfónica ha hecho su particular adaptación de esta pieza tan arraigada en la memoria colectiva, convirtiéndola en una exquisita combinación de teatro y concierto que ha paseado desde principios de este siglo por diversas localidades europeas. Un espectáculo para el público del nuevo siglo que aúna el placer de disfrutar de una excelente experiencia musical en torno a la agradecida música de Mozart, con el disfrute de una competente representación teatral sin elementos rancios ni estridentes que pudieran enturbiarla." wrote Juan José Roldán on Pantalla Sonora
John Axelrod celebrates the New Year with his Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla and the Rumenian soprano Teodora Gheorghiu:
"Faced with such a diverse and varied repertoire, it is important to admire the versatility of the orchestra adapting to each passage with the technical security of its high degree of professionalism, demonstrating to be a faithful translator of the taste of its principal conductor, John Axelrod, who has managed to enter each of the operatic passages with great mastery of the lyric genre, given his ability to direct and accompany the voice." wrote El Mundo
John Axelrod conducted the monumental Mass by Bernstein at the Duesseldorfer Tonhalle: "The daring mixture of amber typical musical vocals and "West Side Story" sound, from romantic symphonic passages and gospel, jazz and soul, from acting, opera and worship, is a challenge for all. For symphonic composer, music club, street and youth choir, all of whom put on a sparkling show. Conductor John Axelrod succeeds in making the impossible possible for a "normal" concert performance. He has all the players, singers and musicians in the sights and makes the symphonic in some places even really beautiful bloom." wrote the Westdeutsche Zeitung
Great enthusiasm for the opening concert of the Prague Symphony Orchestra season which saw John Axelrod celebrate Leonard Bernstein's Anniversary with the Chichester Psalms alongside Mahler's 4th Symphony: "John Axelrod showed a deep understanding of the composing world of both: in Mahler's Fourth Symphony he brought out the sweet and bizarre aspects, the intensity and unpredictability of the contrasts were never exaggerated, maintaining the pastoral tone; he then made Bernstein's Chichester Psalms distinctive in their deep emotion and external enchantment" writes Petr Veber on KlasikaPlus.cz
On Monday 24/09 John Axelrod will make his own debut with the Filarmonica della Scala, with a concert mainly dedicated to Bernstein, celebrating 100th birthday of the composer with whom John Axelrod has studied. In the program, also a few works by Berio, including the Sinfonia for voices and instruments performed by The Swingles.
The concert will be live broadcasted on Radio3 Rai
While waiting for the next intense concerts' season, John Axelrod will be conducting quite often in Japan during the summer.
After beeing invited by Valery Gergiev as Principal Conductor at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, with concerts mainly dedicated to Mahler and Bernstein, on 31 August John Axelrod will be conducting the prestigious NHKSO in Tokyo with a program mostly dedicated to Bernstein, Axelrod's former professor.
More infos at the link.
JOHN AXELROD conducts this week the Symphonieorchester of the Bayerischen Rundfunks:
June 28 & 29
Barber – Adagio
Stravinsky – Chant Funébre Op. 5
Shostakovich – Symphony N. 13
As Music and Artistic Director of the Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla, John Axelrod has achieved an impressive success especially with his interpretations of Mahler, Shostakovich, Brahms and Bernstein Symphonies:
Historic Shostakovich of the ROSS
Shostakovich's interpretation of Leningrad was truly historic. Axelrod's direction proved to be very expert and intense, offering an accurate play of contrasts between the orchestral mass and more chamber music, and printing a character of expressive crescendo throughout the symphony.
A very intense June for John Axelrod, with three concerts in Sevilla with the Real Orquestra Sinfonica (where he is GM, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor) and a new invitation to conduct the Belgrade Philharmonic (Friday 15 June).
John Axelrod in indeed an extremely versitile conductor, always proposing intresting programs: within a few weeks he will be conducting a really wide repertoire, with a huge presence of US composers (among them Bernstein in the 100 birth annyversary), a special attetion to rarerly performed works, and a specific focus on Shostakovich, already followed by amazing reviews on the Spanish press.