02 Mar 2018
“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.”