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Guide to the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln

« 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
INTERVIEW

“Bruckner, the progressive": 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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CologneGürzenich Orchestra: Gala Concert at the Opening of the Season

Brahms, Lalo, Reger
Gürzenich Orchestra; François-Xavier Roth; Bonian Tian

CologneKammerkonzert: Schumann / Bernstein / Dohnanyi

Schumann C., Bernstein, Dohnányi
Gürzenich Orchestra; Dylan Naylor; Toshiko Tamayo; Maria Scheid; Georg Heimbach

CologneGürzenich Orchestra: Symphony Concert 1

Mahler: Symphony no. 3 in D minor
Gürzenich Orchestra; Walter Nussbaum; Sara Mingardo; Schola Heidelberg; Mädchen und Knaben des Kölner Domchores; Eberhard Metternich

CologneGürzenich Orchestra: Symphony Concert 2

Wagner, Schumann, Schubert
Gürzenich Orchestra; Philipp von Steinaecker; Camilla Tilling; Martin Mitterrutzner; Stephan Genz
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An evening of high drama in Amsterdam

Emmanuel Pahud © Josef Fischnaller
Spanning a compositional date range of approximately 50 years, Francois-Xavier Roth and his well-drilled Gurzenich delivered a highly enjoyable evening of music by Mendelssohn, Mozart and Beethoven.
****1
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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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