A German orchestra reaches back for its best

From the Lebrecht Album of the Week:


…  the Czech conductor Jakob Hrusa has restored something of the original sonority, allowing the brass to go slightly sour without going out of tune and the strings to sound a little more laidback…..

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  • Maestro Hrusa is a superb conductor. I heard him lead a fresh & revelatory Dvorak 8 with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2014. (Unfortunately, I fear he’ll never guest conduct in Philadelphia again. Such a pity!)

  • The Philharmonica Hungarica based in Marl, Germany had somewhat similar origins–though in this case musicians fleeing the Soviets. During the Cold War, West Germany heavily subsidized it for propaganda purposes. Sadly, it did not survive the reduction of orchestras made during the unification process, especially since it’s Cold War functions were no longer relevant.

  • I’m a big fan of Jakob Hrusa after seeing him conduct in Ottawa. I hope he comes back to conduct somewhere in my part of the world sometime – anywhere between Ottawa and Boston would be fine.

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