Tuesday 15 March 2016

Phenomenal Axelrod + Gorgeous Sinfonia Varsovia = Fantastic Concert

JOHN AXELOD had an amazing success at the Beethoven Festival in Warsaw conducting works by Kodaly, Beethoven and Stravinsky with the Sinfonia Varsovia.

«The audience of the Beethoven Festival experienced yesterday one thrilling concert in Warsaw’s Philharmonic Hall. [...] For a conductor, The Rite of Spring is about transparency, colors and the management of dynamics and forces. He has to combine all those elements in an energy which never diminishes: it is either dammed up or flowing forceful. John Axelrod was a master in handling the piece, and in the result the performance was absolutely terrific and electrifying.» wrote Remy Franck on Pizzicato

Wednesday 9 March 2016

Daniel Smith triumphs in Genova

Standing ovation for Daniel Smith at the end of an exhuberant concert that marked his debut with the Teatro Carlo Felice Orchestra in Genova: «An amazing concert, which will remain forever in our hearts. Huge success. Sharp focus and satisfaction, complicit with a musical score of grand fascination [Ravel Suites 1&2 da Daphnis et Chloé] and a united and responsive orchestra, driven by the exuberant Daniel Smith. The young Australian conductor oozes enthusiasm and energy, with decisive but never excessive gestural expressiveness, encouraging the soloists of each section and a careful treatment of the dynamic line, obtaining successful and effective contrasts. What emerged was a diversified fresco, of superior tonal effect which was sustained throughout the complex rhythmic variations, seductive in sonority and the chorus without words adding a stroke of evocative charm on top: well-integrated, lucid, elegant yet powerful, Smith completed this symphonic painting with good balance, at first, light and sensual, then relaxed and peaceful, then even more explosive, volatile and unleashed, the perfect image of love thwarted by the two Arcadian shepherds. The ‘artistic masses’ of the Genovese theatre also affirmed the performance as optimal, particularly close-knit and driven with a unique character and manner», writes Barbara Cattelani on OperaClick