Archive for the ‘Press’ Category

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 opulence, and...

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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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Press quotes – UK Tour / November 2010

‎"Impeccable balance, rhythmic vitality in the outer movements and some achingly beautiful phrasing." Geoffrey Mogridge, Wharedale Observer, 29.11.2010 “There have been many fine performances so far in the International Concert Series at the hall, but none finer than this.” Peter Collins, WalesOnline,...

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Press quotes – Der Fliegende Holländer / Große Festspielhaus / October 2010

“Captivating and dramatic.” Christian Vranek, Erfolgsmagazin, 27.10.10 “Chief conductor Ivor Bolton waves his baton to the whole orchestra pit with much enthusiasm.  Every single note is positioned perfectly throughout the entire two hour performance.  The echoes in particular, which come from the different corners of the hall, provide great operatic effects.” Ingrid Kreite, Dorfzeitung, 16.10.10 “What Ivor Bolton and the highly motivated Mozarteumorchester create is far away from the typical Wagnerian sound.  Delicate transparency is displayed as much as the exuberant folklore.  Lilting waltzes and dramatic, vital and sensitive emotions are placed next to each other.  The magnificent precision, tension and effective dramatisation...

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Ivor appears in this month's Classic FM Magazine

This month Ivor appears in Classic FM Magazine's new feature Upbeat.

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Press quotes – Tamerlano/Royal Opera House/March 2010

"Ivor Bolton conducted with pace and flair, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment brought customary vigour and poise to the score." Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, 14.03.2010 "In the pit, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment could not be faulted for their magnificent performance under the very able baton of conductor Ivor Bolton, who carefully highlighted the shades of darkness and light in the score and ensured suitable contrast in terms of tempo and dynamics between musical numbers. The string playing was glorious and precise, and special praise is due to the flutes and recorders in the duet “Vivo in te”....

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