Semyon Bychkov

September Short Fuses — Materia Critica

September 4, 2023
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Each month, our arts critics — music, book, theater, dance, television, film, and visual arts — fire off a few brief reviews.

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Classical CD and Livestream Reviews: Mahler 2, Two Ways

May 9, 2023
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In both performances tempos are fleet but not rushed. The big moments – from the hellish apex of the first movement’s development to the screaming climax of the Scherzo and the cathartic resolution of the finale – pack heavy punches.

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August Short Fuses – Materia Critica

August 5, 2022
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Each month, our arts critics — music, book, theater, dance, television, film, and visual arts — fire off a few brief reviews.

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Classical CD Reviews: The Tchaikovsky Project, Schumann Symphonies nos. 2 & 4, and Holst Orchestral Works

September 14, 2019
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Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic do justice to a lot of Tchaikovsky’s orchestral music, while John Eliot Gardiner and the London Symphony play Robert Schumann’s famously-dense orchestrations with clarity. But Michael Stern’s account of The Planets completely lacks mystery.

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Classical CD Reviews: Semyon Bychkov conducts Franz Schmidt and Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Mendelssohn Symphonies

July 11, 2017
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Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin does dazzlingly right by the symphonies of Mendelssohn.

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