Reviews

2013 Cincinnati May Festival

May 10-18, 2013

“Conlon, leading [Mozart’s Requiem] animatedly without a score, brought out both the drama and the comforting quality of this music. The orchestra was incisive and consistently refined all evening.”

Cincinnati Enquirer
Janelle Gelfand
May 13, 2013
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“Conductor James Conlon lowered his arms slowly while the audience sat in stunned silence for a full minute at the conclusion of Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem,” performed by the Cincinnati May Festival on Saturday night in Music Hall. Under Conlon’s direction, it had been an intense, gripping and often harrowing journey of this monumental work, which both mourns the dead and decries the futility of war.”

Cincinnati Enquirer
Janelle Gelfand
May 12, 2013
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“James Conlon opened the May Festival’s second weekend in Music Hall on a theme of mythological stories…Conlon brought out every detail of Stravinsky’s neo-classical score [Oedipus Rex] and propelled the drama to its inevitable conclusion….The program’s second half set a strikingly different atmosphere. Conlon captured a gentle aura in the exquisite score to Debussy’s ‘La Damoiselle Élue.’”

Cincinnati Enquirer
Janelle Gelfand
May 18, 2013
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“Conlon breathed with his singers, and he built the music to rapturous climaxes. The Magic Fire Music [from Wagner’s “Die Walküre”] sparkled and blazed, with superb playing from the winds and brass…Through all that and more, Conlon energized the choral and orchestral forces, whipped up excitement in the dramatic moments and knew just when to pull back.”

Cincinnati Enquirer
Janelle Gelfand
May 19, 2013
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