Frankfurter Allgemeine, 19 February 2003
A feeling for the extraordinary
Concert of the Bad Homburg prizewinner Lisa Xanthopoulou
A Divertimento in D-major by Joseph Haydn played at the start was already characterised as entertainment music through its title, without screening its more substantial, denser structure, in comparison to Dittersdorf. The Cologne Sinfonietta could have rendered this contrast more vividly by greater energy in their playing; however, in the second half of the concert, they accentuated their performance with interpretations of more striking dynamism...... Lisa Xanthopoulou, last year's winner of the Bad Homburg Conducting Competition, was able to consolidate her excellent reputation in situ even more, and was no doubt exhilarated at the sustained final applause for her and the orchestra, irrespective of the sophisticated programme concept.