Ken Keaton Palm Beach Daily News
“(…) The Philadelphia Orchestra was always known for its sheer beauty of sound, and that was evident Wednesday. They were led by Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève, who not only had magnificent conductor’s hair, but managed to control this thoroughbred stallion with compact but precise gestures — no dancing at the podium for him. (…) The Ravel was given an appropriately Gallic, neo-classic treatment. The orchestra glistened with clarity and restraint. Wind solos were outstanding (…) Now in Beethoven’s world, rhythmic precision and exuberant energy was the goal, and tone was a servant to that end. And, as with the French works, the orchestra played with one mind — no section, no player was dominant, but the balance was exquisite. (…) A memorable and delightful concert.”

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