“The hero of the evening turned out to be guest conductor Thierry Fischer… nothing short of spectacular… What stood out, setting a pattern for the evening, was the transparency of the sound Fischer elicited. His reading (of Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture) was dynamically restrained, finding other ways to build tension, from the gentle middle to the raucous end of the work….
Unexpectedly, the evening’s highlight was Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. It’s such an over-programmed warhorse, what could this guy do to make us sit up? Quite a lot, it turns out. As in the Mendelssohn, Fischer’s ability to control the volume was arresting, as he notched it up and down from one phrase to the next. This, together with an equally tight and imaginative use of tempi, gave the work an energy I don’t recall hearing from anyone else. The tone that emerged was translucent, and each emergence of the “Fate” theme was spellbinding.”
Atlanta Journal Constitution, 1st March 2014
“The ASO, under the baton of guest conductor Thierry Fischer, navigated the territory masterfully… Fischer pulled out the details — the clear articulation and orchestral textures — that create the swift and overarching romantic sweep (of Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture)….Especially gorgeous were the achingly mournful tones of the opening of the second movement (of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no.5), and, on the opposite end of the spectrum, some whimsical, deliciously plump, almost ribald pizzicato notes in the third movement.”
ArtsATL.com, 28th February 2014