30th August 2018
Ending the 2017-18 season at the BBC Proms on 31 August and opening the new season a week later in Leipzig, this autumn Semyon Bychkov will officially start his tenure as the new Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Czech Philharmonic. Before returning to Prague however, September sees Bychkov...
25th August 2018
Semyon Bychkov’s interpretation of the work showed a deep understanding, just as it had in Madrid two years ago. Once again his phrasing and the colours that he brought out were very idiomatic, a sense of theatre that was achieved by tempi that were flexible but always musical, and the inclusion of certain effects which made a big impact such as the impressive silences after Parsifal’s “Amfortas! Die Wunde! “and the cry of Kundry after ” und … lachte!
11th August 2018
Making a late debut at the Bayreuth Festival with Parsifal, Semyon Bychkov showed that he is not to be dismissed. He has already conducted more than one Parsifal, and whether hearsay or fact, his performances were prepared with great care. In either case, in Bayreuth, he showed that he knows Wagner’s final work extremely well from start to finish. The Preludes in Acts 1 and 3 were performed succinctly, neither too solemnly or too slowly, but always alert, emphasizing the important upbeat accents in a way that was not mannered but distinguished, and always enriching the musical flow. Longer fermatas increased the tension. Animated by Bychkov, the violins played feather-like chromatic downbeats, and the brass crescendos emanated a steamy motif of faith, taken up by the flutes in a manner that was both silvery and spiritual.
3rd August 2018
… Semyon Bychkov ensured that the Good Friday music was both delicate and magical, with the most transparent of sounds.