Cristian Macelaru led his fifth subscription program with the Philadelphia Orchestra over the weekend to great success. The Conductor-in-Residence inspired the musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra in rousing performances that led to standing ovations and rave reviews.
David Patrick Stearns of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote:
“Macelaru’s authority with the music was obvious, with the exquisitely precise colors he drew from Ligeti and the way Enescu’s extravagantly delayed harmonic resolutions stayed aloft. In Dvorák, he made the most of the music’s broad strokes and found folksy oompah-pah moments in the brass. But his Beethoven showed the best summation of his talent — and why Macelaru is such an up-and-coming figure in his field.
Elements other conductors seem to regard as either filler or support beams drew special attention from Macelaru in ways that framed, focused, and threw subtle new light on the foreground elements of Beethoven’s audacious symphony. Macelaru had purposeful but never rushed tempos. All choirs in the orchestration played off one another with operatic theatricality.”
To read the full review, click here: www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/arts/Cristian_Macelaru.