de la Salle, Altinoglu — Zurich Opera, 2017-10-22

Concert review, Lise de la Salle, Alain Altinoglu / Philharmonia Zurich @ Zurich Opera, 2017-10-22 — Franz Liszt: Symphonic Poem No.3, “Les Préludes”, S.97; Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 in E♭ major, S.124; Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, Sz.116 / BB 123

Brönnimann, Basel Sinfonietta / World Wide Music — Basel, 2016-09-24

Concert review — Basel Sinfonietta / Baldur Brönnimann, Volkshaus Basel, 2016-09-24: Jannik Giger (*1985): Came Adrift (2016); Toshio Hosokawa (*1955): Ferne Landschaft III—Seascapes of Fukuyama (1996); Andrew Norman (*1979): Unstuck (2008); Brett Dean (*1961): Amphitheatre—Scene for Orchestra (2000); Kevin Volans (*1949): Strip-Weave for Orchestra (2002/03); Arturo Márquez (*1950): Danzón No.2 (1994)

Gutman, Zander: Shostakovich, Dvořák, Bartók — Lucerne, 2015-06-29

Natalia Gutman played with rich rubato, exploring the depth, the melodic strength of Dvořák’s composition with her dense, soft and singing tone (…) often, in lyrical passages, the soloist appeared completely immersed into the music, listening and playing with closed eyes (…)
The fourth movement, Allegretto, “Intermezzo interrotto” is rhythmically intricate, playing with Bohemian folk melodies — in typical Bartók / Hungarian manner, the meter is changing almost from bar to bar, leaving western ears “hanging in mid-air”: the orchestra’s playing was very good and appeared almost effortless.