With smooth French horn and emphatic guest conductor, PSO thrills.
Tchaikovsky's Fifth demands much of musicians, and they responded in force.
...The orchestra played this music with all the heft and power it demands, and responded brilliantly to Vladar’s sharply accented, driven interpretation. Vladar, an Austrian who is also a remarkable pianist, conducts with broad, balletic gestures and leaves little doubt about what he wants..The orchestra may have a couple seasons of guests to choose from after Moody leaves. But it could do far worse than to consider Vladar as an important contender...
Portland Press Herald (USA), 2016 04 14
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