Cristian Macelaru leading the Milwaukee Symphony season-opening performance on September 15, 2017 (Photo credit: Jonathan Kim)
Cristian Macelaru made an impressive mark in leading the Milwaukee Symphony in their season-opening concerts on September 15th. He conducted a program of Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide”, Anna Clyne’s “Masquerade”, Jake Heggie’s “Moby Dick” Suite in an arrangement by Macelaru himself, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.
In a review of the concerts, Elaine Schmidt of the Journal Sentinel praised: “The Bernstein that opened the program was given a colorful, almost splashy performance that sounded like the playful, comic, operetta overture that it is, rather than like a rhythmically complex, technically challenging orchestral piece, which it is as well.”
Of the Anna Clyne, Schmidt wrote: “Macelaru and the orchestra brought color and character, and it was a complete delight.”
Schmidt raved that the Beethoven “felt like a reunion with a dear, old friend. Măcelaru and the orchestra brought grace and gravitas to the first movement, along with plenty of expressive room. A delightfully breathless, technically tight rendition of the third movement gave way to a thrillingly uninhibited final movement.”
For the entire review, click here.