March 7, 2016
One Weekend - Three Cities - Two Articles
In advance of New World Symphony's debut concert in Puerto Rico at the Festival Casals this past Sunday, March 6, Puerto Rico's main Spanish-language newspaper El Nuevo Día published an article online that profiled and interviewed guest pianist Emanuel Ax and guest conductor Pablo Heras-Casado - "De gala el Casals con Ax y Beethoven." In phone interviews in between rehearsals at the New World Center, Ax talked about his prior appearances in Puerto Rico, about playing Beethoven's 'Emperor' Concerto, working with NWS Fellows, and working with maestro Heras-Casado; the maestro talked about his career and classical music. Interestingly, this concert marked the Spanish conductor's first appearance in Latin America.
Click here to read the article (en español)
The South Florida Classical Review published their usual glowing review of Saturday's performance at the Arsht Center in Miami - "Ax, Heras-Casado deliver grandeur and excitement with New World Symphony."
[When Emanuel Ax] "...sat at the keyboard at the Arsht Center in Miami, he rolled out the sweeping opening of the Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, known as the “Emperor,” with an authority and grandeur few pianists could match. What followed was an exemplary performance of this popular work, big and extroverted, but with a feeling for nuance and lyricism."
"Heras-Casado led a supple performance, speeding up and slowing down the orchestra’s with a dance-band leader’s sense of rhythm."
"This music made the most of New World’s plush, luxuriant orchestra textures. Strings were rich but with a searing edge when required. Brass were weighted and brilliant, winds glowing and warm."
Click here to read the entire review