The new chief shines!

Karel Mark Chichon has conducted his first concert in Saarbrücken as Chief Conductor

Congratulations to Maestro Karel Mark Chichon who had a great success in his inaugural concert as the new Chief Conductor of the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern. 

The concert in the Congresshalle Saarbrücken on 18 September featured Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto (with soloist Sergey Krylov) and Symphony no.5 was hailed as “magic of sound and intelligence”, and Maestro Chichon was the “dancer on the podium singing each note…whose enormous musicianship is based on a meticulous study of the score”.

The local press reports:

“The audience in Saarbrücken‘s power station yesterday celebrated not only the new chief conductor Karel Mark Chichon but also the Radio Philharmonie in outstanding shape. […] Tchaikovsky in high doses with the Violin Concerto, the Waltz from Swan Lake and the Fifth Symphony. There could easily be a threat of sugary sentimentality if there was not a conductor with a clear creativity on the podium who understands the mystery and fate in Tchaikovsky‘s works and makes us listen to it. […] Behind the globally praised magician of sound, behind the dancer on the podium singing each note is somebody analysing the compositions precisely. Somebody whose enormous musicianship is based on a meticulous study of the score. […] The DRP concerts, especially those with Chichon, should be a must” 
Saarbrücker Zeitung

“With his conducting of the Fifth Symphony Chichon proves that the proximity between Hollywood and Tchaikovsky did not preclude great music. […] Suddenly one seems to be listening to the music of a completely different composer. Chichon and the Radio Philharmonie paint a picture of sound in rich, garish colours, flickering in subtle pastel colours in the next moment. The orchestra was acting now as if it was under high tension, highly concentrated, especially in the solo passages. As his intensive, very emotional way of conducting is reflected in their playing, the audience also celebrated the new man on the podium for several minutes, and it became clear why the musicians chose this conductor.”
Die Rheinpfalz


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