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Review: U.S. Youth Orchestra Inspires a Chinese Counterpart

23rd July, 2017

“To conclude, Mr. Morlot drew a vibrant account of Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony from the well-prepared players, with full-bodied string tone, folkloric charm and lots of brio. It was great to see young musicians from the American orchestra in the hall cheering on their Chinese compatriots.”

 

23 July 2017
 / The New York Times

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Classical review: Steven Osborne: Ravel/Falla: Concertos

23rd June, 2017

“When it’s hot enough to spend nights in the gardens of Sidcup, you know it’s time to whack Manuel de Falla’s wonderfully steamy Nights in the Gardens of Spain on the turntable again. Right on cue comes a thrilling new recording of this piano concerto-in-all-but-name from Steven Osborne and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under the suave baton of the French conductor Ludovic Morlot.”

 

23 June 2017
Richard Morrison / The Times

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Review: So fahr denn hin, du stolze Königin

17th June, 2017

Überhaupt ist der Abend trotz der opulent besetzten Werke – es stehen neben Berlioz’ Kantate Ravels „Ma Mère l’Oye“ und Strawinskys „Feuervogel“ auf dem Programm – reich an im allerbesten Sinne kammermusikalischen Interaktionen. Denn auch wenn der präzise und gänzlich uneitel dirigierende Morlot Berlioz’ und Strawinskys ausgeprägte Lust an der Provokation nicht ganz teilt, so hat er dafür ein um so feineres Ohr für dynamische und farbliche Übergänge. So können sich die Mitglieder des Orchesters immer wieder in harmonisch aus dem Gesamtklang entwickelnden Soli nach Herzenslust entfalten und in vorzugsweise lyrischer Atmosphäre vom luftigen Piccologezwitscher bis hin zu unwirklich zarten Hornsoli die Zuhörer verblüffen und bewegen.

 

17 June 2017
Von Carsten Niemann / Tagesspiegel

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Review: Morlot in his element for L’Enfant et les sortilèges

4th June, 2017

“Without a doubt the pièce de résistance of the evening was Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges. Here, Morlot was in his element, lovingly recreating the score and shepherding the massive assembly of soloists, choruses and orchestra with Gallic panache. Morlot fashioned the magical atmosphere of this symphonic tone poem, in which the composer had no qualms about quoting his own orchestral poème chorégraphique, La Valse, to accompany enchanted creatures dancing, in entrancing ways.”

 

4 June 2017
Von Erica Miner / bachtrack

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Review: Ravishing Ravel from Seattle Symphony

4th June, 2017

“Morlot had his players basking in Ravel’s delectable score — one of those miracles of remarkably far-ranging stylistic references that transcends being merely “eclectic.” There were far too many moments of superb musicianship to recount them all in detail.”

 

4 June 2017
Thomas May / Memeteria

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