Archive for the ‘Press’ Category

Reviews for Salzburg ‘Lucio Silla’ with the MOS

"Man wurde mit einer Fülle von farbigen Eindrücken belohnt.  Ivor Bolton legte sich mit der ihm eigenen Verve ins Zeug... Das beudeutet: brillante Spielweisen, denen die Streicher des Salzburger Orchesters mit wendiger Leichtigkeit gerecht wurden, feine Balancen und eine reichhaltige Skala an Bläserbravour..." - Salzburger Nachrichten (We were rewarded with an abundance of colourful impressions. Ivor Bolton conducted with his own personal spirit... This resulted in brilliant playing, executed by the springs with flexible effortlessness, subtle balance, and a rich gamut of brass bravura...)   "...das hoch motivierte Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg unter dem temperamentvollen Ivor Bolton noch so wach, vital und duftig...

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Glowing reviews for ‘Alceste’ in Vienna

"Gens is compelling in the title role: intelligent, passionate and husbanding her vocal resources well. Kaiser is her decorative, despairing spouse... both are refined, moving and intense.  The Gustav Mahler choir sings well, the smaller roles are well-cast, and Ivor Bolton keeps the pace taut and the drama high... Under Bolton, the Freiburger Barockorchester makes this music sound as if the ink were still wet on the page." - Financial Times   "Joseph Kaiser singt als Admète ansehnlich, Véronique Gens erbringt als Alceste eine tolle Kraftleistung mit kleinen Schwankungen, Adam Plachetka ist als Hercule tadellos, und Clemens Unterreiner wirkt als Oberpriester kraftvoll....

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Gramophone magazine acclaims Ivor’s latest Bruckner release with the MOS

The latest release in Ivor's cycle of Bruckner symphonies with the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg - Symphony No. 4, recorded live at Salzburg's Großes Festspielhaus in 2008 - receives acclaim from Gramophone magazine: "The quality that repeatedly in all four movements keeps striking one is the delicacy of the performance. Plainly Bolton has achieved a remarkable rapport with the players and I have never heard this orchestra, whether live or on disc, playing better. The very opening, hushed and intense, establishes the delicacy from the start, and so it is in the lyrical second subject. The easy lyricism of the slow movement is...

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Praise for Ivor Bolton and the Dresden Festival Orchestra

"Ivor Bolton and The Philharmonics score a hit", writes James Jolly in Gramophone magazine of Ivor's performance with the newly-formed Dresden Festival Orchestra at the Dresden Music Festival this June: "He was a perfect choice to lead the newly created Dresden Festival Orhestra, a period-instrument ensemble that draws on Europe's finest to give the Festival its own ensemble... Bolton, with Giuliano Carmignola as leader, brought this disparate group together and created something exceptional. With players like Mary Utiger, Eric Hoeprich and Michael Neisemann among the line-up, there was a pretty good chance of success, but in a programme that...

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Five-star reviews for sensational Salzburg performances of ‘Iolanta’ and ‘Le rossignol’

The first of Ivor's two performances of Tchaikovsky's Iolanta and Stravinsky's Le rossignol at the Salzburg Festival have received rapturous five-star reviews. The two operas in a double-bill concert performance are sung by a sensational cast of today's very finest singers, including soprano Anna Netrebko, and tenor Piotr Beczala, bass baritones John Relyea and Evgeny Nikitin (in Iolante) and sopranos Julia Novikova and Julia Lezhneva (in Le Rossignol). A second perfomance, entriely sold-out, will follow this Saturday 20th August. "Ivor Bolton and the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg supported the singers with their equally colourful and richly detailed orchestral timbre, avoiding unnecessary...

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Press for Salzburg Festival Mozart Matinées

Ivor's first two performances in this year's Salzburg Festival have won high critical praise.  Of Ivor's performance with Julia Fischer and the Mozarteum Orchester on 6th August, Oliver Schneider writes: "Ivor Bolton and the Mozarteum Orchester opened the Matinée with Mozart's 'Paris' Symphony KV 297… The Mozarteum Orchester allowed the festive D major character of the outer movements to ring out with verve.  The trumpets shone brilliantly… As in the first Mozart Matinée, the programme included one of the Salzburg symphonies: the Symphony in C major KV 200… In the introductory Allegro spirituoso, Bolton allowed the dynamic and thematic...

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Brilliant reviews for Bayerische Staatsoper ‘Mitridate’

Ivor's performances of Mozart's early opera Mitridate at the Bayerische Staatsoper in July has won great critical acclaim.  Ivor conducted the Bavarian State Orchestra in a production by director David Bösch, starring Patricia Petibon, Barry Banks, Lawrence Zazzo and Anna Bonitatibus. "Thanks to Ivor Bolton's sizzling conducting of the playing of the Bavarian State Orchestra, four hours in the theatre passed quickly. I've rarely heard Bolton on such dynamic form, justifying his local reputation as a Handel and Mozart conductor of the highest quality." - Hugh Canning, The Times "Bolton's al fresco conducting style delivers a fresh, crisp and rhetorically pithy...

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Press Quotes – Bach Mass in B minor / Mozarteumorchester Salzburg & Balthasar Neumann Chor / 7 April 2011

"In Johann Sebastian Bach's monumental Mass in B minor, under Ivor Bolton, the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg and the Balthasar Neumann Chor were truly united - and their audience was transported to the most joyous and gravest spheres of the cherubim and seraphim... the 'Gloria'... turned sound suddenly into sheer intensity and power... In the 'Kyrie' the gravest burden of responsibilty weighed on every note... The mystery of the Incarnation has rarely been so mysteriously and so vividly described as in the 'Et Incarnatus est'... the way in which Ivor Bolton and the Mozarteum Orchester, with the eloquent phrasing of the...

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Press Quotes – Billy Budd / Danish National Opera / March 2011

"Under the direction of Ivor Bolton the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra plays flawlessly..." Jean Lucas, Luxemburger Wort, 22.03.11 "The sounds that conductor Ivor Bolton elicits from the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra are as magisterial as Britten's music." Joost Glaema, Elsevier, 19.03.11 "Ivor Bolton and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra give Britten's haunting, dramatic score a top-quality performance." Jordi Kooiman, operamagazine.nl, 08.03.11 "The score receives a convincing performance by the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Ivor Bolton... This is Billy Budd at its best." Eddie Vetter, De Telegraaf, 11.03.2011 "...singing of great empathy and musical class accompanied by the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Ivor Bolton.  The DNO has here a...

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Press Quotes – Turangalîla / 20 March 2011

"Ivor Bolton maintained a masterful control throughout. He was the core of the whole performance, emitting energy which the orchestra transformed into the pure joy (of playing) and an overwhelming world of sound - from the back to the front, the dozen percussionists, by way of the phenomenal wind and brass, to the the resounding velvet foundation and ethereal soaring of the strings. It was, if the paradox may be permitted, a collective masterpiece of individuals… At no time was there any suspicion of kitsch, as can be the danger, because structure and substance, strict construction and...

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