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3rd April 2017

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April sees Semyon Bychkov conduct five further performances of Wagner’s Parsifal at the Wiener Staatsoper on 2, 6, 9, 13 and 16 April. Starring Christopher Ventris as Parsifal, Gerald Finley as Amfortas and Nina Stemme as Kundry, the performance on 13 April will be streamed online via Wiener Staatsoper live....

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1st April 2017

Kleine Zeitung

Thomas Gotz

Bychkov however manages time differently.  Rather than dull pathos, the Russian conductor drew a range of delicate nuances of colour and shades of feelings, rarely heard in the playing of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

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1st April 2017

[Semyon Bychkov] conducted with great clarity, making it easy for the singers and the Staatsoper Orchestra to follow.  It was an admirable performance

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1st April 2017

… at the helm of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Semyon Bychkov interprets Wagner far more expansively. It’s true that the tempi were measured but they always moved forward. By orientating himself through the drama of Parsifal’s inner sound world and its development, he succeeded in producing seamlessly long arched phrases. The chords in the strings were consistently carefully balanced and transparent. The orchestra, who played with extraordinary sensuousness, remained disciplined; only playing with more sound in the most decisive moments.  While this approach may not be to everyone’s taste, Bychkov’s fine sculpting of the sound not only highlights the inherent modernity of the work [Parsifal] but also points to Schopenhauer’s idea of self-expression, something which was painfully missing in the clinical, dazzling whiteness of the staging

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