Concert review, Lucerne Festival: Riccardo Chailly / Lucerne Festival Orchestra @ KKL, Lucerne, 2018-08-24 — Works by Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales / La Valse, poème choréographique / Daphnis et Chloé, Fragments symphoniques, Suites No.1 & No.2 / Boléro
Concert review, Leif Ove Andsnes, Lionel Bringuier / Tonhalle Orchestra @ Tonhalle Maag, Zurich, 2018-05-16 — Honegger: Mouvement symphonique No.2, H.67, “Rugby”; Britten: Piano Concerto in D major, op.13; Rimsky-Korsakov: Symphonic Suite “Schéhérazade”, op.35
Concert review, Daniele Gatti / Mahler Chamber Orchestra @ KKL, Lucerne, 2018-01-23 — Schumann: Overture to “Genoveva”, op.81; Beethoven: Symphony No.4 in B♭ major, op.60; Schumann: Symphony No.3 in E♭ major, op.97, “Rhenish”
… it was fascinating to observe how the violin remained audible, kept a clear presence even through minimal, light movements of the bow (…)
In the subsequent Larghetto, the soloist enchanted the audience with the most intimate, whispering tones, played almost sul ponticello, with minute, discreet movements of the bow, merely a hint, but always present, down to the softest ppp and below — one could almost sense the audience holding breath, totally captured by this playing.