12th August 2019
The science behind the orchestration [Glanert’s Weites Land] is impressive, and was revealed as especially so thanks to Semyon Bychkov who allowed each of the BBC Symphony Orchestra desks to shine.
Christina Gansch’s performance [in Schubert’s Einsamkeit arranged by Detlev Glanert] was superb, full of finesse and elegance. Semyon Bychkov and the musicians of the BBC Symphony Orchestra seemed almost to float in their accompaniment.
In Bychkov’s masterful reading of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, the evening reached a new level of sublime. From the first few minutes, one could tell that the conductor and orchestra were in complete symbiosis both musically and through their commitment to the score.