Gérard Korsten, often referred to as a ‘Mozart specialist’, has yet again demonstrated that he is also a Bruckner expert. And how! His shaping of the harmonic poignancies is thrilling, the wonderful inner tension in the Adagio…..The abrupt ending of the symphony was met with massive applause in the sold-out concert hall.
Lutosławski’s unconventional, but fascinatingly effective contemporary tonal language was filled with life and passion; its folkloric elements with brilliant colours and powerful accents. The work terminates in a furious finale, in which the orchestra almost explodes. A phenomenal impact!
So much excitement over a contemporary work on Easter Monday in Montforthaus! This was caused by the ‘Concerto for Orchestra’ by the Polish composer Witold Lutosławski, a timeless masterpiece of the modern orchestral repertoire. But it was also down to the way the Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra and its principal conductor Gérard Korsten interpreted the work and made it the highlight of their 4th subscription concert. Such a wonderful result can only ever be obtained in a situation of absolute trust; a conductor who has known the orchestra for 20 years and has stood on the podium as their conductor since 2005, and musicians who value his expansive temperament as much as his desire for excellence which demands that they give of their best.
And finally let us sing the praises of the conductor, Gérard Korsten, who rehearsed the orchestra magnificently and who, throughout the evening, faced with these difficult works, demonstrated an exemplary conducting technique and knew how to transmit his feelings to the orchestra.
The orchestra’s Music Director Gérard Korsten has the swerve and pounce of a fencer on the podium, and the orchestra’s sound was similarly swift on its feet. But all this fleetness and gruff humour wasn’t at the expense of the music’s grandeur. Korsten seized hold of the climax towards the end of the 1st movement, where the harmony shoots dizzyingly upwards, and made sure we felt its amazing originality.
“Because the acoustics allowed no wayward tempos, due to the sensitive conducting of Gérard Korsten and a small cast of six first and second violins and a cello section, miracle sounds were heard”
“Gérard Korsten‘s energetic and risky conducting carries away musicians and audiences alike, however, providing a safe haven simultaneously. Under such care, the orchestra presents itself unleashed in the final movement of the symphony”
“A highly refreshing ‘Hommage à Mozart’, historically informed and the conductor motivated the orchestra in giving a pleasing, fluent and studied interpretation which examined every minor tonality and every rhythmic playfulness.”
Gérard Korsten’s performance of a Xavier Dayers new commission, Frank Martin’s “Polyptyque” and Mozart’s “Posthorn-Serenade” receives critical acclaim from Neue Zürcher Zeitung
"It was amazing with how much commitment the Musikkollegium Winterthur performed Xavier Dayer’s latest work for the first time under the direction of Gérard Korsten. The sound of the strings especially was glowing in many nuances, rarely to be heard in Frank Martin’s late “Polyptyque” for solo violin and two small string orchestras."
Gérard Korsten’s performance of a Xavier Dayers new commission, Frank Martin’s “Polyptyque” and Mozart’s “Posthorn-Serenade” receives critical acclaim from Landbote
"The Musikkollegium was masterfully up to the difficulties of the piece (Xavier Dayer’s new work “Le temps entre deux minuits”) since the conductor Gérard Korsten led the orchestra in a very inspired and confident way."