Macelaru “impressed in Enigma Variations” in Cincinnati concerts

Macelaru “impressed in Enigma Variations” in Cincinnati concerts

Review: CSO’s ‘Enigma’ Variations fresh, inspired
By Janelle Gelfand
Cincinnati Enquirer
January 23, 2016

Măcelaru gave it a dedicated reading and balanced textures well.

The conductor, who impressed last summer when he conducted Cincinnati Opera’s “Il Trovatore,” impressed once again in Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations.

This work, which concluded the evening, was given as fresh and inspired a performance as one could want. Each of the 14 variations – in which a friend of Elgar’s is depicted – had distinctive character, ranging from delicate to blustery.

The musicians responded to the conductor’s leadership with polished, expressive playing.

Of course, its heart is the “Nimrod” Variation. Here, the conductor began almost imperceptibly, and allowed the music to unfold simply, to its noble climax. The effect was quite moving.

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