Timothy Mangan The Los Angeles Register
“(…) The 42-year-old Denève is a rising star in classical music. He was recently named principal guest conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra (Stokowski’s old group) and is now a regular presence with many of the great orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with which he has turned in a series of impressive performances. Tuesday was no exception. (…) Using large, emphatic motions, Denève laid into the Stokowski arrangements like a bear to his breakfast. It didn’t seem as if the musicians of the L.A. Phil had any choice in the matter, but they responded enthusiastically. The playing was vivid and compelling. (…) One could justly call it a spectacular night at the Bowl, caveats notwithstanding, especially since Marc-André Hamelin was on hand for Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto. (…) With Denève supporting heartily, it sounded like victory.”

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