We’re receiving some good reviews from our US concerts so far. See below for a selection:
The crowd came to Fort Lauderdale to hear Pinchas Zukerman conduct and solo with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, in a concert that demonstrated that Zukerman, at 63, still stands with the world’s top violinists. Zukerman played and conducted Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1, giving what may be South Florida’s finest performance in years of this overplayed work.
The London-based Royal Philharmonic Orchestra…is a highly capable ensemble with strong, agile playing in all sections and a vivid, often sumptuous tone.
Zukerman gave the Bruch Violin Concerto a lovely performance. He conducted with his bow, a cruder implement than his baton, but it worked well…Throughout, Zukerman played with the assurance of someone who has played the work for decades – an old friend, yet ever fresh.
Next up was Brahms’ Symphony No.4. It is a rich tapestry, and Zukerman and the Royal Philharmonic had what is required for a great performance…The final movement was unforgettable. It needs a conductor and orchestra that understand the movement’s complex architecture. Now, they’ve got it.
It was a powerful, memorable performance by a magnificent orchestra and superb conductor.
On Wednesday night, the RPO played the first of two concerts at the Kravis Center as part of the venue’s Regional Arts series. Eighty-two strong, they played to an exacting standard rarely heard in most concert halls.
Although this intelligent group of players could have gone conductor-less, Zukerman had a rare old time leading and playing the Violin Concerto No. 1 of Max Bruch. Appropriating a “Mr. Cool” approach, Zukerman spun around and around, playing, then conducting, with his unwieldy bow…there was much synergy between soloist and orchestra.
Now it was time for the orchestra to shine in the Symphony No. 4 of Brahms. They played vigorously and with enviable refinement…The orchestra received a standing ovation and many well-deserved bravos from the large house.