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27th July 2018

Suddeutsche Zeitung

Klaus Kalchschmid

Under Semyon Bychkov, the prelude was immediately captivating with flowing tempi and rich tonal colours. Even though Bychkov dared to subtly stretch the tempi in the first grail scene and during the Good Friday evening, the tension never sagged.

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27th July 2018

Nordbayerische Kurier

Florian Zinnecker

Semyon Bychkov was in the pit for the first time.  His conducting was significantly different from that of his predecessor, Hartmut Haenchen:  Bychkov emphasized, if you will, the drama in the music.  Without sounding driven, the music was propelled forward moving in a clear direction towards salvation.

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27th July 2018

Rounding things off, Semyon Bychkov led the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra through the complex score with the perfect mix of serenity and fiery excitement.

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