Review: Matthias Pintscher, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg

Matthias Pintscher
Hamburger Abendblatt

This is how the world could have come into being: as a hollow, trembling stroke of the gong, from which a gloomy, sheer trumpet sound evolves. Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa’s long anticipated concerto which he composed for the NDR Symphony Orchestra’s solo trumpeter Jeroen Berwaerts begins similarly. He premiered this concerto last summer in Tokyo and now plays this piece in Europe for the first time – with his orchestra colleagues in the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, of course, and composing conductor Matthias Pintscher who brought out the score’s genuine beauty….

… The Japanese’s sense of beauty befitting, Matthias Pintscher also conducted Ravel’s five colorful children’s tales “Ma mère l’oye” (Mother Goose), which was originally composed for four-handed piano, but also transcribed for orchestra. The bombastic “Organ Symphony” from 1885/86 by Camille Saint-Saëns induced an atmosphere of hot temper and unlimited pathos. The North German Radio Symphony Orchestra pulled out all the stops in the requiem sequence “Dies irae”, chased through heaven and hell. The NDR Youth Symphony Orchestra also captivated the audience with their ardor and devotion in the pre-concert performance of Franck's Symphony in D minor – also under the baton of Matthias Pintscher.

Translated from German