News & Reviews: Review

November 2019

Kronen Zeitung

21st November 2019

Karlheinz Roschitz

Tchaikovsky – at his finest! Musikverein: Semyon Bychkov, Renaud Capuçon, the Czech Philharmonic’s second evening dedicated to Tchaikovsky at the Musikverein under the sovereign direction of Semyon Bychkov, the Prague musicians showed their aggressive side and, what’s in the center.

The brothers Renaud and Gautier Capuçon are at home in the Musikverein. Each of their concerts displayed the qualities of their music making. In this concert, violinist Renaud performed the Violin Concerto in D major with music making that was both technically perfect and completely elegant. Guiding his bow powerfully, he brought radiance to the voluptuous melody and found the perfect balance with the Orchestra which Bychkov conducted with romantic abundance. The Canzonetta (played by the fine woodwinds) was delicate and intimate and, the final dance full of passion. After that Bychkov and his Prague musicians presented Symphony No. 6 in B minor. Both structure and colour was in perfect balance: Bychkov skillfully unfolded a panorama poised between relaxed cheerfulness and aggression, and the deep melancholy of the final movement which reflected Tchaikovsky’s “state of mind”. The audience cheered enthusiastically.