Stories » Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich tour is a triumph / euronews

Top 10 for Aug

Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich tour is a triumph / euronews

Bookmark and Share

Czech composer Antonin Dvořák's Eighth Symphony, written in 1889, was like a balm in an increasingly strident, mechanising world. The music has recently cast its spell again over the Konzerthaus, during the Viennese stop of the Tonhalle Orchestra's tour. Talented young conductor Lionel Bringuier has again been winning praise for his work. Invited to Vienna to play with him were two top soloists: Lisa Batiashvili and Gautier Capuçon. Their performance of Brahms' Double Concerto was mesmerizing.

"It's a piece full of humour and lightness at the same time, and our two soloists are so gifted at bringing that out. I think it's like a dialogue, with the music rebounding from one instrument to the other. One only needs to look at the connection between them to feel that humour," says Bringuier.

"I think very highly of Gautier. There was a time when we were both at the conservatory. I was thirteen and Gautier had just graduated, at seventeen. A few years later we met again on the stage: I as a conductor, he as a soloist. We love playing together!"

READ & WATCH euronews