Alan's back from Germany! Read all about it:
After launching the season with the Gewandhaus Orchestra, at its Leipzig home and on a tour of European music capitals and festivals, Music Director Alan Gilbert returned to Germany in mid-November to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, and Hamburg's NDR Symphony Orchestra.
On November 21–23, Alan led the Berlin Philharmonic in a program of Bach's Cantata Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid BWV 58, Mendelssohn's "Scottish" Symphony, and Nielsen's Symphony No. 3, Sinfonia expansiva. Watch the concert (trailer free; subscribe for full access).
- Berliner Zeitung said, "Gilbert's conducting is of great physical presence … very direct, muscular and dynamically forward. ... [O]ne can hear a distinctive musical instinct ... a natural force, that has become rare in our times of overbred musical culture…"
- Inforadio Berlin praised Gilbert's "great virtuosity of musical colors."
On November 10–13, Alan conducted the Munich Philharmonic in a program of Beethoven's Symphony No. 1, Debussy's Images, and Respighi's Fountains of Rome.
- Süddeutsche Zeitung noted Gilbert's "fabulous, touchable music-making."
- Münchner Merkur praised the "steadily growing tension" in the Beethoven and the "athmospheric woodwinds" in the Respighi and Debussy.
In Hamburg on December 4 and 7 and Lübeck on December 5, Gilbert led the NDR Symphony in the world premiere of Thierry Escaich's Concerto for Violin, Oboe, and Orchestra, featuring New York Philharmonic Artist-in-Residence Lisa Batiashvili and oboist Francois Leleux, and Thomas Adès's Three Studies from Couperin and Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique. Escaich's concerto is a co-commission by the NDR and the New York Philharmonic and receives its US premiere in April at Avery Fisher Hall.
- Hamburger Abendblatt said of Gilbert, “Only a few conductors are so unencumbered by ego and so efficient,” adding that “the orchestra thanked him for his inspiring presence with enormous vitality in sound.”
- Lübecker Nachrichten reported that the Dec. 5 concert contained "waves of euphony," adding, "everything was just right."