David Zinman

David Zinman and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich give celebrated performances at Proms and EIF

2 September 2011

David Zinman and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich returned to Switzerland following two outstanding concerts at the BBC Proms in London and the Edinburgh International Festival. They opened their programmes with Anders Hillborg's Cold Heat, and were joined by pianist Maria João Pires in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27 K595.  Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 and Dvořák's Symphony No. 8 rounded off the respective concerts.  Critics were effusive in their praise with The Independent saying “Pires’s every phrase had a truthful expressiveness, and David Zinman and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich brought perfect balance to their side of the musical conversation: in the Larghetto, piano and orchestra together projected a wonderfully tender stillness.”

The Telegraph
commented: “Everything emerged with dewy freshness, as if Zinman had just received the score from the composer and had had to figure out for himself which parts should be emphasised, and how each phrase should be shaped. The sound was fabulously light, but this was not “Beethoven-lite”. The work’s colossal power registered, without striving to make it “important”. With Mozart’s last piano concerto it’s often not “importance” that is foisted on it so much as resigned sadness. Maria João Pires, that wonderful pianist, found a better way to the work’s heart, by playing it with perfect, limpid simplicity — as did the orchestra.”