Curtis Institute’s ‘Don Giovanni’ showcases rising stars — and vivid work by Karina Canellakis — but what’s with all those pianos?

Karina Canellakis
Philadelphia Inquirer

…the sophisticated pacing and individualized textures conductor Karina Canellakis gets from her highly polished instrumentalists in a Mozart score as much about the orchestra as anything else.
the reason to have Canellakis in the pit was a purely musical one, and it was a choice that paid dividends.
There are transitional spots and questions about the character of the music in this score that puzzle other conductors. Canellakis made the orchestra an equal partner throughout by evoking the buoyant charms of a wind serenade or arrival moments of nobility. Read the full review here