Tremendous Tchaikovsky in KZN

"All was forgiven by the electrifying account of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 4 that brought the evening to a close. Rising out of the gloom of the work’s sombre opening movement, we were transported into a quintessential wonderland of Tchaikovsky melodies in the second movement’s Andantino in modo di canzona.

The third movement Scherzo, marked Pizzicato Ostinato, as rendered by Maestro Boico and his players, must surely rank as one of the composer’s most exquisite masterstrokes, while the fireworks of the finale cannot but drive an audience into a frenzy of exhilaration. A knock-out of a performance, from first to last."

William Charlton-Perkins,
KZNPO Spring Season ends on a high

The evening opened with the Overture to Rossini’s Italian operatic magnum opus, Semiramide. Boico’s beautifully judged reading of the piece did full justice to this grand-scale prototype of the classic Rossini overture - from its imposing opening, its mournful horn passages presaging the opera’s doom-laden scene which evokes of the long-dead king being recalled from the afterlife, to full-throttle abandon in the Italian composer’s celebrated crescendos.

William Charlton-Perkins, Artslink
CPO season ends with a very big bang

"Daniel Boico’s energetic control of the orchestra through a myriad of complex rhythms and frequent tempo changes kept the audience spellbound."

Rudolph Mare,
Violinist Yevgeny Kutik passionate at CPO concert

"instead of leading a perfunctory rendition of the 104th symphony, his interpretation was a delightful surprise. Boico's conducting was bouncy and playful, making the most of Haydn's cat-and-mouse stops and resumes. The orchestra retained a conventional modern layout, but Boico still extracted lightness from their full sound."

Rudolph Mare,
Boico leads 'bittersweet' CSO season finale

"Maestro Boico took the CSO quite nicely through the changing moods, revealing them as a natural condition, where dissonance makes sense, and anticipating the difficult gypsy rhythms of the fast fourth movement with jaunty exuberance to the point where nothing it seems could be larger, the music holding all things within its embrace, with no place to go but into climax, a perpetual motion."

Anthony Bannon, Chautauquan Daily
Boico, Bruns do Russians proud
"The Israeli-born American conductor, Daniel Boico, who is well known here, was in splendid form. He is a vigorous and dynamic figure on the podium and the orchestra responded admirably to his forceful style.... Boico was totally absorbed as he conveyed to the audience the passion and tragedy of this music, and the orchestra played with great power and commitment."
Michael Green, Artsmart (South Africa)
Daniel Boico with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra
“Boico sounds like JPO in its glory days.… Daniel Boico in his second visit unleashed detail-rich conducting.… In Shostakovich’s second cello concerto, Boico and Bruns (cello) intense involvement managed to grab you by the throat and drag your senses in. Every phrase was invested with so much conviction that it was hard not to admire. All four sections of the JPO delivered a refined atmosphere and especially rich playing, including the two harps and the tight playing by the important percussion parts, which made for something special. The performance of the other works of the Russian program recalled the golden years of the JPO. In Tchaikovsky’s 'Pathetique' Symphony No. 6, it was clear that Boico chose to approach the work with all aspects of thought, without exaggerated excesses, rather than as a programmatic symphony. The opening of the Allegro was wholehearted, with a tremendous degree of involvement and musicianship. Equally poignant was the final coda. The remaining three movements of the symphony were equally masterfully built.”
Paul Boekkooi, Beeld (South Africa)
Beethoven Festival offers sublime performance by Ehnes
“Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and Second Symphony were …suffused by Boico with cracking intensity, and sustained with focused attention to structure and dynamic differentiation.”
Michael Cameron, Chicago Classical Review
Evocative and esoterically shaped sounds
“In conductor Daniel Boico’s hands, the score becomes a living artistic and musical organism, where each phrase and thematic utterance is delivered with sensitive, expressive care.” “This was a performance that did not disappoint. Boico’s direction of the ensemble was from the top drawer where outstanding dynamic differentiation, and thematic layering toward climactic points added to the creation of a stellar performance.”
Jeffrey Brukman, Cue Online (South Africa)
Into music's dramatic cauldron
“… the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra rose to the occasion and performed the work with élan, responding to conductor Daniel Boico’s expressive gestures, attentively and sympathetically. With commanding podium flamboyance, Boico held the work together with noticeably superior direction over tempo changes, tonal balance, and ensemble cohesion. The hallmark of this interpretation – expressively shaped phrases and directional scaffolding towards climactic points – made for a memorable occasion.”
Jeffrey Brukman, Cue Online (South Africa)
KZN Philharmonic Orchestra
“… star performers gave special lustre to this second concert of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra’s spring season in the Durban City Hal. Daniel Boico made a perceptible impact in a wide-ranging programme of music by Manuel de Falla, Weber and Brahms. He is a dynamic and vigorous conductor, and he seemed to have established an excellent rapport with the orchestra…The result was an exciting performance of the second concert suite from Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat ballet, culminating in a brilliant account of the final Jota, Spanish music taken to its ultimate level.”
Maximiliano Martin, Artsmart (South Africa)
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