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Powerful and Agile

Frankfurter Allgemeine, 19.11.2003

Powerful and Agile

The conductor was Lisa Xanthopoulou from Greece

... and we were treated - in a transcription by Russian conductor Rudolf Barshai - to an elaborate rendition, in which each of the 15 miniatures was played in perfect character.
Following an expressive performance of Puccini's "Crisantemi", Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings in C major op.48 was the best part of the evening: powerful and agile, with expansive cantilenas and studies articulation, this was a performance which showed that Lisa Xanthopoulou and the Württemberger Philharmonic had mastered the composition. It was a very gracious gesture when, following the waltz they played so elegantly as an encore, she thanked each member of the orchestra in person.


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