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10th January 2019

OperaPlus

Svatava Barančicová

Seeing the composer’s visible joy when he joined the conductor on the podium, I would dare to suggest that Semyon Bychkov’s meticulously prepared performance [of Glanert’s Weites Land] with the Czech Philharmonic is a further important success for the work.

This was my first opportunity to hear the Czech Philharmonic with its new Chief Conductor. Semyon Bychkov’s conducting [of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1] was economical, creating elegant arcs with his arms to draw melodies from groups of instrumentalists and soloists as a magician would pull rabbits from a hat.  Regardless of the dynamics, his gestures remained under-stated and fluid.  Excessive drama is just not his way.

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10th January 2019

KlasikaPlus

Petr Veber

Semyon Bychkov led the members of the Czech Philharmonic in a performance [Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1] of this expressively melodic and richly temperate music that was accurate, unsentimental and straight-forward.  The symphony was rich yet tender, beautifully balanced and full of many wonderful moments.

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10th January 2019

Harmonie

Pravoslav Kohout

[Glanert’s Weites Land] is a highly original work that is very impressive for its colour and dynamism.  The music’s effect was further enhanced by Semyon Bychkov’s perfect feel for the score and the detailed preparations for the performance given under his baton by the ever more wonderful Czech Philharmonic…

Semyon Bychkov revealed the universe of Tchaikovsky’s soul [in Symphony No. 1] as the flowering of chastely compassionate feelings.  I have never heard the tender grace of such incredibly beautiful pianissimos as emanated from the players of the Czech Philharmonic under Bychkov.  This made the dynamic range all the more effective.  As the conductor’s baton outlined the structure of the music, the Orchestra played as if at one with the composer.  There were no superfluous gestures.  It was clear that the conductor knew every detail intimately and that everything be played perfectly.   An amazingly evocative magic was hidden within the music… Semyon Bychkov is unquestionably one of the most interesting phenomena amongst today’s elite conductors, and the Czech Philharmonic is very lucky that he accepted their invitation to be Jiří Bělohlávek’s worthy successor.  Let’s hope that as the Orchestra continues to perfect under his leadership, they will keep him for a long time.

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3rd December 2018

Christmas and the New Year

On 25 December, Semyon Bychkov returns to conduct the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in a special Christmas matinee performance of the complete music to Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker ballet. The New Year also sees Bychkov make return appearances with the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln (18-19 January) performing Smetana’s Má vlast and the NDR...

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