SVZ GÜSTROWER ANZEIGER 18 February 2002
Chance of conductor no disadvantage
Güstrow. The conductor of the Neubrandenburger Philharmonic at the 6th Philharmonic Concert on Friday evening was Lisa Xanthopoulou. Standing on the rostrum was a courageous young artist, who knew exactly how to mould the orchestra to her own will. Various symphonic forms raised a challenge to interpretative powers, which motivated Lisa Xanthopoulou right from the start to highlight the character of the Rumanian Rhapsody no. 2 by Georg Enescu.... In a sound texture of myriad facets, the orchestra produced moments of stunning beauty, confirming the fascination of a music which is constantly seeking self-renewal from its own essence. The 1st Symphony by Georges Bizet proved to be a revelation of brimming temperament and youthful charm. The Neubrandenburger Philharmonic seemed not at all disadvantaged through the constant change of conductors. They followed their conductor attentively, worked precisely and demonstrated the substance of this work. Its aura is based on many special features. The transparency of the separate orchestral parts did not prevent their blending together into an integrated whole. It was part of the concept, brought to fulfilment through the mature realisation of the score by Lisa Xanthopoulou. Showing individuality and respect for the work, the conductor radiated self-confidence and a fresh and natural approach.