The review of the concert on Nov.18, was posted on aberdblatt.de on Nov.20.
Original review (German)
Urbańsk 's baton evoked Penderecki’s unheard sounds
It was polyphonic, shocking, desperate wails, Krzysztof Urbańsk drew out of the NDR Symphony Orchestra. Krzysztof Penderecki's piece "Threnody - the victims of Hiroshima for 52 strings lasts for only eight minutes and a half, but it contains all the hopelessness of the world in the face of the first atomic bomb dropped on a populated city. Urbański, the young Polish rising star, conducted from memory, precise and oratorical, and he finds suggestive gestures that evoke Penderecki to the outrageous sounds. The music hits in the heart.
So, the impression of a brilliantly completed piano exercise remained over a wide stretch into little varied dynamics that touched the core soul of the work only at some rare moments.
Then in the end Stravinsky's third concert suite from his ballet "The Firebird". Urbańsk and the NDR Symphony Orchestra delighted in the fine fabric of Russian melodies and distressing finesses, with which Stravinsky breaks it open and places in scenes. Very neatly played, but from the baton something was missing to present the sound experiments of the composer in a way that they would be urged as the beginning of a revolutionary upheaval in his ear.
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