22. 06. 2012

Süddeutsche Zeitung (Michael Stallknecht)

Heroic Substitute

Andrew Manze conducts the Philharmonic Orchestra in Munich


The way he conducts Beethoven's Coriolan Overture in the beginning should drive historic performance practice purists crazy: Andre Manze has a huge symphonic orchestra send wave after wave of crescendo breaking over the audience in Munich's Philharmonie, creating a very romantic hero, a Faustian protagonist of the Sturm und Drang who suddenly falls apart into dust at the end.

Manze is slowly being noticed as a jack of all trades: originally a great baroque violinist, he has been expanding his interests in all directions as a conductor. Thus, it is hardly surprising that he took over a completely non-baroque and somewhat strangely composed program at the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra from his colleague Constantinos Carydis, who had been taken ill. (...)

Manze seemed equally happy to let the piano soloist Anika Vavic lead with a rather classicistic, nobly differentiated tone in Beethoven's Chorfantasie. (...)

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Translation: Alexa Nieschlag 


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