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News and Reviews from the Road: 2015 Europe

June 05, 2015

Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger — May 22, 2015
“As far as Rachmaninoff’s Third Symphony is concerned – with which the Philadelphia Orchestra was once described as the best orchestra in the world – the ensemble is its apostle on earth, so to speak”  

Philadelphia Inquirer — May 23, 2015
“Philadelphia Orchestra Europe tour encounters Begeisterungsfähigkeit … When they love you, they really love you. The German word for it is 'Begeisterungsfähigkeit.'" (Read more)

Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger — May 26, 2015
“… the Philadelphia Orchestra, which was not only a competent, always worthy partner to the violinist … also played simply superbly in the other works.”

Philadelphia Inquirer – May 24, 2015
“... the concert was perhaps the best yet, including a Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 with great control and definition but hair-raising energy.” (Read more)

Sächsische Zeitung — May 26, 2015
“[Yannick Nézet-Séguin] was on the verge of shouting for joy, and many of his musicians had tears in their eyes. Another standing ovation. Such artistry is more than service to the work and the customer but rather a relinquishing of the soul.”

Die Welt — May 23, 2015
“Nézet-Séguin … meets journalists and public alike on an equal footing, is focused, always communicative. He speaks directly and intelligently. Every divide is automatically bridged. Not a maestro, a doer.” 

Philadelphia Inquirer — May 26, 2015
“The combination of a super-clear acoustic in a high-culture city meant that this was one stop where the audience really would 'get' the orchestra’s Muhly/Shostakovich/Rachmaninoff program. And they did, responding with the kind of rock-star ovations that longtime orchestra members say are stronger than anything heard on Riccardo Muti tours.” (Read more)

Berliner Morgenpost — May 28, 2015
“And Rachmaninoff’s Third Symphony, op. 44, after the intermission? Could it fulfill the high expectations one had of the orchestra from Philadelphia that had given its premiere? Yes, it could, but less with virtuosic brilliance than orchestral force … It was a Rachmaninoff between high-frequency drama and crisp directness.” 

Der Tagesspiegel — May 28, 2015
“This conductor loves what he does, and he conveys the impression that, with him, the abundance would never end.” 

Philadelphia Inquirer — May 29, 2015
“… in Dortmund, the bravos started even before the final chord of Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier suite ended. And upon a closer look at this still-economically challenged city, you could see how the audience was primed for the Wednesday performance's success.” (Read more)

Ruhr Nachrichten — May 29, 2015
“It was as though Nézet-Séguin inhaled the music and the orchestra exhaled it again. It was a luxury to be able to hear this symphony played with such polish and consummate beauty. … Nézet-Séguin then turned Strauss’s Rosenkavalier Suite into a sumptuous feast. This was music to genuflect to – so powerful, smooth, refined, and thrilling. Simply phenomenal.”

Westfälischer Anzeiger — May 29, 2015
“There is no doubt about it, the Americans are a great, world-class orchestra under inspired leadership. Thrilling!”

WHYY NewsWorks — May 30, 2015
“Lyon applauds Philadelphians, and vice versa.” (Read more)

Philadelphia Inquirer — May 30, 2015
“The concert itself was a success musically … as well as diplomatically. A contingent from the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development met with some 40 industry leaders from the Rhone-Alps region to encourage development of business, university and cultural relations.” (Read more)

Philadelphia Inquirer — May 31, 2015
“Cheering audiences, rhythmic clapping, stamping feet, and other signs of adoration on its Europe 2015 tour don't excuse the Philadelphia Orchestra from the front lines of music outreach. The morning after the orchestra's raucously successful Lyon debut, players took to streets that, at least on Saturday, could be a bit mean.” (Read more)

Les Echos — June 5, 2015
“The Philadelphia Orchestra, on the other hand, gave us an utterly velvety and seductive sound texture. As its music director since 2012, the Canadian, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, forty years old, was outstanding, with an electrifying charisma paired with astounding maturity.” 

ConcertoNet.com — June 1, 2015
“This was a masterful concert, confirming once again the peerless talent of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who has certainly not ceased to amaze us, and whose interpretive power and mastery remind us of some of the very great conductors of yesteryear. As for the Philadelphia Orchestra, it is more than ever one of the best symphonic ensembles we have today.”

ConcertClassic.com — June 3, 2015
“All of the orchestra's qualities shine out clearly in a traditional program at the TCE [Théâtre des Champs-Élysées]: sumptuous, voluptuous strings, homogeneous sections … lustrous, incisive brass in the Third Symphony of Brahms, clear and flowing, with no pathos. Every detail in the score is outstanding, and the supple ductility of the interpretation contrasts sharply with its Germanic profile.”

Der Standard — June 2, 2015
“A cornucopia of perfection and dynamic fury - this is just a taste of what the Philadelphia Orchestra brought to its first evening performance of its two-day residence at the Wiener Musikverein. Musical director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is considered by many to be one of the most thrilling conductors of our time, and his interpretation of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony with the Philadelphia Orchestra was a consummate masterpiece of sheer perfection.”

Philadelphia Inquirer — June 2, 2015
“The Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 performance was perhaps the strongest yet, and though received favorably, it did not get what it deserved.” (Read more)

Kronen Zeitung — June 3, 2015
“At this concert, his strong points included, in particular, his discriminating, delicately balanced, and colorful approach to the scores, accentuating the unique qualities of the Philadelphia Orchestra. A very special concert, with the hope that we can welcome this new dream team again soon in Vienna.”

Wiener Zeitung — June 3, 2015
“If one can believe the American press, the Philadelphia Orchestra sounds better than ever since music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin began his tenure. After the appearance by the venerable ensemble, which numbers among the ‘Big Five’ in the US, one cannot contradict this opinion."

Philadelphia Inquirer — June 5, 2015
“… the halo-like acoustics felt more settled, with a trademark radiance that gave extra sheen to Philadelphia's already lustrous strings. The real treat was the elegance the acoustics gave to the luxurious bass writing in the Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 3.” (Read more)

Music OMH — June 5, 2015
"All sections of the orchestra played out of their skins for their music director with the strings’ renowned warmth complementing the pungent brass and rounded woodwind to perfection. Nézet-Séguin has achieved wonders with the orchestra over the last few years and on this hearing the Philadelphia more than deserves its place in America's 'Top Five.'" (Read more)

The Guardian — June 9, 2015
 “…it’s proving a remarkable partnership [Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra] if this thrilling concert—the orchestra’s first in London since his appointment—is anything to go by.” (Read more)