17 May 2019
“Gripping from start to finish: That was Thursday night’s Dallas Symphony Orchestra concert. One of the most impressive guest conductors in the 2017-18 season, the Spaniard Pablo Heras-Casado was back on the podium for a hefty program of the Brahms Violin Concerto and the Berlioz Symphonie fantastique. Again, he impressed with deeply musical performances, but they were exciting, too.
Both Pouliot and Heras-Casado warmly shaped the concerto’s more melodic parts, giving just the right catch-breaths, daringly stretching major transitions without ever overdoing them.”
“Spanish-born conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, who last appeared here in October of 2017, returned to the helm of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Thursday night at Meyerson Symphony Center with a program that intriguingly leaped between two opposite poles of nineteenth-century music. Brahms’ Violin Concerto epitomized the formal, structure-focused element of that era, while Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique provided a quintessential example of the epoch’s revolutionary tendencies.
The orchestra under Heras-Casado (who leads sans baton) handsomely navigated the extreme emotional shifts of the orchestral introduction of the Brahms Concerto, meticulously shaping the lyrical opening phrase that quickly shifts to stormy intensity.”