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Sylvain Cambreling

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Sylvain Cambreling reviews

Opéra national de Paris 'The compact, 90-minute score to “Wozzeck,” with its lush orchestral colorings, piercing atonal harmonies and ruminative, aching lyricism, presents formidable challenges, fully met here by the renowned French conductor Sylvain Cambreling, who drew an urgent and inexorable account of the music from the impressive orchestra.' The New York Times, April 2008 Munich Philharmonic Orchestra 'First and above all, the Munich Philharmonic presented itself in excellent form at a very prestigious concert under Sylvain Cambreling... hardly anyone could resist the shining tone colours of the Philharmonic Orchestra and Cambreling's complex style and diction.' Süddeutsche Zeitung, May 2004 'The champion of modern scores, Sylvain Cambreling, is a conductor with accurate and organically considered gestures. For his Munich Philharmonic debut the music was foremost at every point and it was clear that Cambreling had prepared sensitively and with impressive thoroughness. In Henri Dutilleux's Metaboles, Cambreling inspired the orchestra to show a heightened sense of colour, making the subtle weave of the composition suggestively accessible.' TZ, May 2004 Janáček The Makropulos Case 'Under the musical guidance of Sylvain Cambreling, the Stuttgart State Orchestra played more masterfully than they had for a long time. The often abrupt breaks were not in any way smoothed, they were always brought to a point. The great upswings which the orchestra played with beguiling beauty were also captivating.' Das Opernglas, March 2004 'We have Sylvain Cambreling to thank for the fact that The Makropulos Case has the makings of such a great evening at the Stuttgart Opera House. From the very first note Cambreling revealed the many deliberately contradictory layers of Janáček's music - the sharp cuts, the changing perspectives - all displayed by the state orchestra, playing on top form. Making his debut with this orchestra, Cambreling conducted beat for beat, never allowing the musical flow to falter. He was the star of the evening and the first night audience rightly lavished their cheers on him.' Neue Musik Zeitung, February 2004 'The celebrated centre piece of Stuttgart Opera's Makropulos first night was the conductor Cambreling... The Orchestra thrust itself forward - but with what splendour of tone! Cambreling revealed the score's debt to Claude Debussy, which has less association with the salon fragrances of impressionism than with an exact and anti-psychological, unsentimental description of natural processes.' Süddeutsche Zeitung, January 2004 SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg 'Cambreling achieved the most beautiful triumph of the evening with a rumpus-filled reading of Charles Ives Fourth Symphony that genial mix of angel's concerto and hell's laughter…' Frankfurter Allegmeine Zeitung, April 2004 'The conductor Sylvain Cambreling, a Berlioz specialist of the highest quality, held the monumental organisation together in an astonishing manner. And then some.' Neue Zuercher Zeitung, 20 March 2004 Album Reviews Messiaen Éclairs sur l’au délà 'Cambreling and his players have abundant power and precision...' Gramophone, October 2003 Henze '... Cambreling's moulding of emotional contours makes for an involving performance which is alone worth the price of the disc.' Gramophone, May 2003