5th September 2020
Seeing this programme, someone who frequently attends concert halls either senses suffering and festive boredom or an extraordinary experience. The latter was the case of Friday evening.
Semyon Bychkov is a great conductor who can satisfy the soloists and give them space but at the same time discovers new unforeseen details in a well-known symphonic piece for the audience. The interpretation of Dvořák’s New World in Brahmsian fashion proved this with the carefully controlled dynamics, like painting a monumental image not only in the final movement but also in the contrasting playful Scherzo and the dreamy second movement which brings out Dvořák’s feeling of homesickness.