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08 May 2014
""Her voice is clear and she can switch between volumes""Luister, 01-10-2014
Antonello Manacorda is currently Artistic Director of Kammerakademie Potsdam, a position he has held since 2010. He has been Principal Conductor of the Het Gelders Orkest in the Netherlands since 2011 – a position he bids farewell to in the 2018-19 season. He was Principal Conductor of I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan from 2006-10.
In addition to his two current positions, Manacorda also has guest conducting relationships which include the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and the Tapiola Sinfonietta. He has also worked with a number of other orchestras including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony, Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Sydney Symphony.
In January 2015 Antonello Manacorda made his debut at the Salzburg Mozartwoche with the Mozarteumorchester in a performance of Schubert’s Alfonso und Estrella followed by an appearance at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in a programme of Strauss and Stravinsky. In February 2014 he conducted a Beethoven Cycle over four consecutive days in Potsdam with Kammerakademie Potsdam, while in April he conducted a performance of Mendelssohn’s complete Midsummer Night’s Dream which was broadcast live from the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Manacorda is currently engaged in recording a Schubert Symphony cycle for Sony Classical with the Kammerakademie Potsdam. The recordings have been met with high praise, including one being listed in Die Welt’s top ten CDs of 2013. He has also recently recorded a CD of Mahler’s 4th Symphony with Het Gelders Orkest and soprano Lisa Larsson, which was released in November 2014 by Challenge Records.
With a strong experience in opera as well as symphonic repertoire, in December 2014 Manacorda conducted Kammerakademie Potsdam’s Winter Opera production of Mozart’s La Betulia Liberata to great critical acclaim. He also has a long-standing relationship with Teatro La Fenice, and the director Damiano Michieletto, and will be returning to La Fenice in November 2015 to conduct The Magic Flute. Future opera collaborations include La Monnaie, Theater an der Wien, Komische Oper Berlin and Frankfurt Opera.
A founder-member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra Antonello Manacorda was its vice-president and concertmaster for eight years. A scholarship from De Sono in his home town of Turin allowed him to pursue his goal of becoming a conductor by enabling him to study with Jorma Panula for two years in Helsinki. From 2003-06 he was Artistic Director for chamber music at the Académie Européenne de Musique du Festival d’Aix en Provence.
Hector Berlioz is perhaps the most romantic of the romantics. His continuously changing moods split the traditional symphony orchestra into countless divisions, and his idealistic longing faded the borders between symphony, opera and oratoria. No wonder that this revolutionary expression gained little appreciation in its own time. The public of that age had barely overcome Beethoven's innovations. Reciprocally, Berlioz resented the audience and its conventions of the prevailing concert practice. In one of his writings, Berlioz dreamed of a Utopian city called Euphonia, in which commerce was banned and the arts stood at the centre of civilisation. It wasn't until after his death that Berlioz gained the recognition he deserves. The most music lovers will know Berlioz from his Symphonie Fantastique, in which he portrayed several opium visions. With this out of control 'bad trip', he tried to win over the famous Shakespeare actress Harriet Smithson. Some other highlights of his career are his epic opera La Damnation de Faust, his symphony Roméo et Juliette, his Requiem and the opera Les Troyens.
"Her voice is clear and she can switch between volumes"
Of all the spacious SACD productions that have come out of Challange Classic, none I have heard is this luminous.
Larsson handles the ehibitionist stuff that Berlioz includes with aplomb
The Guardian, 29-8-2014
Berlioz's dramatic cantatas have enjoyed several successive readings of varying merit, but this is among the very best
Classical CD Choice, 13-8-2014
"A striking disk."
Classical CD Choice (website), 13-8-2014
"A good performance recorded in the Musis Sacrum Arnhem"
"Swedish soprano Lisa Larsson takes a leaf out of the composer's book, giving performances that are focused on dramatic engagement, even when they result in moments of vocal stress and strain that others might shy away from."
The Irish Times, 25-7-2014
A first-rate CD production with Swedish soprano Lisa Larsson’s great, flexible and expressive voice. She sings with intensity in the dramatic scenes and shows moving intimacy in other passages, notably in ‘La mort de Cléopâtre’. The accompanying orchestra performs in an equally exciting manner, so that we only can recommend this recording which gives Berlioz his genuine French colors.
"A first-rate CD production with Swedish soprano Lisa Larsson’s great, flexible and expressive voice"
Larsson has a blessed voice: Well focused, full of color and she leans on a resilient legato.
De Volkskrant, 28-5-2014
We can be proud of the very committed and well playing accompaniments of the Gelderse Orkest. They finally have the oppurtunity to manifest their self for a larger audience. That is precisely why the program could have take a bit longer
"This is a fine addition to the Berlioz discography."