The Irish Times

Wed 5 Jun 2019

RTE National Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky The Seasons – Strauss Alpine Symphony

Yamada jolted the NSO with an electrifying bolt of musical energy. The Alpine Symphony is a spectacular work, and Yamada conveyed its spectacle not just in all its grandeur, but also through an extraordinary concern for the finer detail of Strauss’s writing.   On a purely musical level he paid attention to counterpoints that are often glossed over, but his wizardry in this regard also extended to what you would have to call emotional contraflows that usually get lost in the bigger sweep of the adventure.


Michael Dervan