The Bamberg Symphony Orchestra is back from a successful tour through South America
Last weekend the orchestra returned from a two week-tour to Brazil, Uruguay, Chile and Argentina - nine concerts under the baton of Principal Conductor Jonathan Nott, one of them an education concert for Chilenian children and another one an open air concert in Sao Paulo, as well as master classes for Brazilian teenagers were parts of the tour.
After 2003, 2005 and 2008 this was already the 4th tour to South America together with Jonathan Nott, soloist this time was the young Austrian pianist Till Fellner.
Some press reactions:
"German Perfection with English Baton"
"...a full, homogeneous sound that made the orchestra become an unrivaled and expressive instrument. Strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion converged to an admirable unity. In addition to this orchestra's merit also Jonathan Nott's personality made an impact: His baton revealed him to be an dynamic musician with expressive gestures, accurate in detail, with a clear perception of the measure of the interpreted works. Concerning Beethoven's piano concert No. 5 he fulfilled the task of accompaning the wonderful pianist Fellner very harmonically. The young soloist possesses such technial qualities that you might think all difficulties of the work had vanished - that's how his phrasing functioned, his rhythmic feeling and his subtle gradation of dynamics over the entire scale from "piano" to "forte". (...)"
El País, 10.5.2011 (Montevideo, Uruguay)
"Highly Acclaimed Debut of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra at the Teatro del Lago"
"...The orchestra's sound and the conducting were impressice, the strings and the brass of fantastic precision. It's a luxury to hear something like that here in Chile. (...)"
El Mercurio, 9.5.2011 (Frutillar, Chile)
"Memorable Interpretations of Mozart and Bruckner in the Nuova Harmonia Concert Series"
"...Without doubt, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra will be kept in mind as a climax of this season. In addition to their homogeneous sound, the perfect intonation and the dynamic balance the Bavarian musician also presented themselves with an exemplary individual and group understanding that was accomplished under the always precise and adaptive conducting of Jonathan Nott whose movements - full of precision and refinement to express nuances in the interpretation - were implemented by the quick reaction of his musicians.
And even more: By playing Mozart, the orchestra's sound was as transparent as a light reflection on a finely chiselled crystal.
Just as admirable was the intelligent interaction of orchestra and its soloist, the young Viennese pianist Till Fellner, a Mozart-interpreterof highest quality, whose faultless version of Mozart's piano concerto A major was a synthesis of conceptional clarity, balance and transparent natural sound; his precise dynamics were a strict counterpart to the ineffable Mozarteous expressivity. (...)"
La Nacion, 14. Mai 2011 (Buenos Aires, Argentinien)