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« The orchestra tackled the bright passages beautifully: the glorious and majestic “Sunrise”, with all sections of the orchestra in full blast; palpable exhilaration in “On the Summit” and vivid depiction of nature’s forces in “Thunder and Storm, Descent”. »
Alan Yu, Bachtrack
we meet the conductor

Interview with François-Xavier Roth

François-Xavier Roth © Marco Borggreve
Ahead of Gürzenich Orchestra's live stream on 3rd October, we caught up with Chief Conductor François-Xavier Roth. 
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CologneSymphony Concert 10

Wagner, Höller, Zimmermann
Gürzenich Orchestra; François-Xavier Roth; Tabea Zimmermann

CologneLob der Torheit

Stravinsky, Zimmermann, Poulenc
Gürzenich Orchestra; Paul Krämer; Anna Herbst; Patrick Grahl; Sebastian Seitz; Kartäuserkantorei Köln

CologneConcert in the Cologne Cathedral

Feldman, Streich
Gürzenich Orchestra; François-Xavier Roth; Laura Aikin; Vokalensemble Kölner Dom

CologneSymphony Concert 11

Rimsky-Korsakov, Taneyev, Rachmaninov
Gürzenich Orchestra; Petr Fiala; Anna Samuil; Dmytro Popov; Tschechischer Philharmonischer Chor Brünn; Dmitri Kitayenko
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A conceptually bold Manon at Oper Köln

Insik Choi (De Brétigny) and Zuzana Marková (Manon Lescaut) © Bernd Uhlig
This production fell just short of brilliance but showed how relevant and thought-provoking opera as an art form can be when tapping into today's headline debates.
****1
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An effectively unsettling The Emperor of Atlantis at Oper Köln

Lucas Singer (Death), Nikolay Borchev (Emperor Overall) © Paul Leclaire
Though straightforward in concept, Oper Köln's production of the one-act opera written in the Theresienstadt concentration camp brought the opera's profound themes to the surface in an excellently sung performance.
***11
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Oper Köln's delightful Orpheus enraptures all ages

Maria Isabel Segarra (Eurydice) and Matthias Hoffmann (Aristeus/Pluto) © Matthias Jung
Oper Köln’s Orpheus in the Underworld proved age accessibility must not sacrifice humour and musical integrity. The tight ensemble piece was superbly acted and well-sung throughout.
****1
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Tripping the light fantastic in Köln

Gürzenich-Orchester Köln © Holger Talinski
François-Xavier Roth conducts sparkling, refreshing accounts of Debussy, Schumann and Strauss in the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln season-opening gala.
****1
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