News & Reviews: Review

July 2021

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

1st July 2021

Thomas Schacher

The new work called “Mari” is now finished, and the announced Swiss premiere became a world premiere… At the end, an (almost) unclouded major chord created a touching rapture. Bychkov, to whom “Mari” is dedicated, emphasised the stylistic pluralism of the composition with total clarity…

In Tchaikovsky’s Second, which closed both programmes, the hour of the Russian Bychkov struck. His reading was not radically different from that presented by the orchestra with Paavo Järvi: The exciting interpretation of the corner movements and the relaxed desire to make music in the middle movements are in common to both. But while Järvi draws more, Bychkov proves to be a sovereign painter.