SFGate: Heras-Casado delivers fiery program with the Symphony

“Heras-Casado came roaring in like a lion. There was a thunderous physicality to his conducting that I don’t recall having witnessed before, a readiness to unleash the full sonic resources of the orchestra and to marshal them in the service of full-blooded accounts of music both old and new.

Heras-Casado and the orchestra brought out the music’s intense ferocity, and came back to it — tellingly, joltingly — in the first measures of the Brahms, whose slow, steely timpani thwacks turned out to be almost a direct echo of Salonen’s opening. What followed was a performance of breathtaking immediacy and dramatic urgency.”


Pablo Heras-Casado is the Principal Guest Conductor of Teatro Real, Madrid, Director of the Granada Festival, Conductor Laureate of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, artist of harmonia mundi & Deutsche Grammophon, also records for Decca Classics and Sony Classical, and is Global Ambassador of Ayuda en Acción.


Photos: Fernando Sancho