“The Utah Symphony hardly ever programs works written in the last 50 years or so, unless they are “accessible”… But thanks to Thierry Fischer things have slowly changed. He’s taken the initiative and introduced works that don’t necessarily have broad appeal…. The (Henze Double Bass) concerto is certainly a challenging work for the ensemble and soloist. And both acquitted themselves fabulously; they made the demands Henze places on them seem easy. The orchestra played with cleanly defined articulation and crisp execution, as well as with nuanced expressiveness. And Yavornitzky executed his part with polish and wonderful musicality. It was a seamless collaboration overseen by Fischer’s perceptive direction.
On either side of Henze’s concerto were two symphonies by Felix Mendelssohn, the First and Fifth (Reformation). Fischer elicited a commanding and articulate account of both works that kept the classical structure intact. The symphony’s playing was precise and well executed. Fischer’s interpretation captured the drama and restless energy as well as the charming lyricism of both. It was transparent and clean and underscored the youthful vigor and energy that courses through so much of Mendelssohn’s music.”
Reichel Recommends, February 2013