Gustavo Dudamel conducts a confusing Mozart while Hartmut Haenchen masters Mussorgsky
..."Hartmut Haenchen at Sunday’s La Khovantchina (Opéra Bastille) has done all his growing. Haenchen, one of the most consistently convincing conductors of his generation, brings scores to life with such absolute mastery that after four hours of bloodlust and intrigue, you wish you could start again from the beginning
.."Haenchen has chosen Shostakovich’s completion of the score, and the orchestra plays it for him as if they had frozen and bled for Mother Russia.
...And we believe every note, not least because Haenchen shapes the details and carries the whole with a savvy sense of architecture.
Shirley Apthorp Ganze Rezension