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Critical Acclaim for Giancarlo Guerrero at Boston Symphony

03.20.18
Giancarlo Guerrero

On Thursday, guest conductor Giancarlo Guerrero led an organically shaped and viscerally powerful reading of the score, one that fused the work’s disparate gestures toward jazz, Broadway, Jewish liturgy, and the 20th-century avant-garde into a single forceful whole…Opening Thursday’s program, in a canny pairing, was Tchaikovsky’s emotionally churning “Pathétique” Symphony, here given a broad and spacious reading that aptly set the evening’s tone.

Boston Globe
March 16, 2018
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Thursday’s vigorous performance brought a renewed sense of interest to this work. Guerrero drew playing of crackling energy. The brass sounded with power and precision in the symphony’s jazzy sections, while strings glowed in shades of light and darkness…Tchaikovsky’ brooding Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique,” made for a searching concert opener, and Guerrero’s interpretation, which the conductor led without a score, reveled in the details…There was also a clear sense of direction in this performance. In Guerrero’s reading, each section progressed to the next and culminated in powerful climaxes. The first movement unfolded from anguished passages to ones of biting agitation and back again. Yet there were also moments where Guerrero seemed to stop and smell the roses. The second movement’s off-kilter waltz was a charming, even coy, dance of delight. The third movement surged into passages of martial intensity to bring a brief moment of triumph.

Guerrero was at his best in the symphony’s finale. String lines swelled and died away as the movement brought an anguished end to a beautiful and expressive performance.

Boston Classical Review
March 16, 2018
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