Pintscher, New World deliver whirling colors and rapt beauty in outstanding contemporary program

02.17.19
Matthias Pintscher
South Florida Classical Review

Matthias Pintscher has become a regular presence at the New World Symphony’s Sounds of the Times series. And, judging by the rousing welcome Pintscher received Saturday night at New World Center, the German composer-conductor has become a favorite of the mostly youthful audience these adventurous programs draw.
 
Amid the bracing menu of modern works, the evening’s best score was Pintscher’s own mar’eh, a violin concerto in everything but name. […] This is a major score that deserves wide exposure. [… ] Pintscher was an outstanding collaborator, blending the instrumental textures and solo lines with supple and consummate skill…Capuçon and Pintscher were cheered by the audience for their dedicated performance.
 
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The concert opened with György Ligeti’s San Francisco Polyphony. […] Pintscher kept the overlapping textures transparent and astutely commanded the constant changes of tempo. […]. Indeed the New World musicians gave performances of dazzling corporate power and propulsion to all the scores on this challenging program