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30th October 2018

The Inaugural Tour continues

Semyon Bychkov’s inaugural tour with the Czech Philharmonic started in London on 24 October with a special centenary concert at the Royal Academy of Music attended by the Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and HRH The Duchess of Gloucester, followed by performances at the end of the month at New...

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30th October 2018

New York Times

Joshua Barone

This was a moving and intelligent reading of the “Resurrection,” dramatic in the opening and finale, sweet and playful in the inner movements, and sublime in the setting of “Urlicht,” sung by the mezzo-soprano Elisabeth Kulman.

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30th October 2018

There are three orchestras considered great Mahler ensembles: the Vienna Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic…..there is another that deserves to be in this company: the Czech Philharmonic.

Bychkov’s way with Mahler is natural in that everything seems just right — unforced, organic, even effortless.

This was Mahler delivered with utmost musicality, care, and understanding. Every tempo felt perfect, from the deliberate walking pace to start, to the slow ländler of the second movement, to the speed of the vocal phrases in the phantasmagorical final movement. Dynamics were exquisitely refined and shaped, with rises and falls that felt like the orchestra was slowly breathing. Even big moments, like the great dissonant crisis and crashing cadence in the first movement — places where most conductors show their stuff — were the natural, logical result of where the score had come to.

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22nd October 2018

OperaPlus

DITA HRADECKÁ

At the third concert on Friday, the performance [of Berio’s Sinfonia] was not merely excellent, but also very relaxed and precisely coordinated thanks to the musicians having already played it. In particular, the eight singers of the London Voices were visibly engrossed with the music.  The voices hovering above the orchestral layer created intoxicating soundscapes supported by simple electronic amplification.  The layers were so lucidly shaped that one got the impression of observing the clouds in an inversion from above on a mountain peak

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