News & Reviews: Review

September 2020


25th September 2020

Dita Hradecká

What about Dvořák’s Eight? It found a big competitor in Shostakovich this time. The Orchestra have the 1889 symphony under their skin. There are great musicians among them and the groups communicate with each other with animation. Besides the well-played French horn and flute solos, the lower strings also stood out…

The Czech Philharmonic’s Chief Conductor Semyon Bychkov’s reading of the score was straightforward and spontaneous, he was not afraid of big emotions. His romanticising approach was also quite fitting, as we remember experiments with historically informed performances of late Romantic music