Like a Jack in the Box: The Deutsche Symphonie Orchester and Antoine Tamestit playin the Philharmonie Berlin

Matthias Pintscher
Der Tagesspiegel

Fairy tale-like tones, gossamery mezzo-forte, crystalline sound at all times. Attention: Fragile! The Deutsche Symphonie Orchester conducted by Matthias Pintscher invites you to dreamland – with Ravel's ballet musics "Ma mère l'oye" and Daphnis et Chloé (both 1912). This lulls indeed (merely the hypnotically bewitching solo flute!), the acoustic color, however, becomes rather monochrome. Not until the bacchanalian finale starts does Pintscher abandon all initial restraint – like at the beginning in Paul Dukas' Sorcerer's Apprentice when he knew how to employ the dynamic economically cleverly.

A sculptural conductor who incessantly conjures up images for one's ears. Especially Alfred Schnittke's Viola Concert from 1985, the highlight of this evening in the Philharmonie, benefits from that.