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John Quinn
MusicWeb International, September 2018

This is a magnificent performance of Manfred and the Lucerne audience rightly greets it with warm applause. Significantly, it’s the LFO’s woodwind choir that Chailly brings to its feet first, followed by the principal horn. That’s as it should be since these players have been superb throughout but, then, so has the entire orchestra. Chailly conducts the symphony marvellously, pacing every bit of it most convincingly. He’s not a flashy conductor but it’s obvious that he communicates with his players exceptionally well and, boy, does he get results. © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Mark Pullinger
Gramophone, September 2018

MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Midsummer Night’s Dream (A) / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Manfred (Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Chailly) (NTSC) ACC-20438
MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Midsummer Night’s Dream (A) / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Manfred (Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Chailly) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10438

Chailly’s Mendelssohn is affectionate, reflecting his time as principal conductor at the Leipzig Gewandhaus. The Overture is lovingly shaped, while the Scherzo is highly engaging, properly bracing in places, very attentive to dynamics. Alessio Allegrini provides rock-solid horn-playing in the Nocturne and the Wedding March has celebratory pomp. © 2018 Gramophone  Read complete review on Gramophone




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, August 2018

A charming Midsummer Night’s Dream—very different from the high voltage performance Chailly conducted in Leipzig—as well as a refined, yet superficial Manfred Symphony allow the listener to savour the quality of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra’s playing. © 2018 Pizzicato




Andrew Clements
The Guardian, July 2018

…It’s the Manfred Symphony that shows the qualities of the new partnership [of Chailly and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra] at its most powerfully persuasive. It’s a work that Chailly recorded as one of his earliest discs with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1988, but this interpretation seems more securely plotted than before. © 2018 The Guardian Read complete review





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