“The Zurich-based band is Switzerland’s most distinguished orchestra.”
Established in 1868, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich is Switzerland‘s oldest symphony orchestra. The ensemble consists of just over 100 musicians from 20 countries, and can be heard performing about 50 programmes at more than 100 concerts per season.
In the past two decades, the Orchestra has performed in over 70 cities in 14 countries, and has been accompanied on its tours by distinguished soloists such as Joshua Bell, Rudolf Buchbinder, Alfred Brendel, Julia Fischer, Hélène Grimaud, Gidon Kremer, Radu Lupu, Yo-Yo Ma, Viktoria Mullova, Maria João Pires and Sabine Meyer.
HarrisonParrott have a long and fruitful collaboration in touring projects with the Tonhalle-Orchestra Zürich, with regular appearances at both the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh Festival.
HarrisonParrott managed the Orchestra’s visit to the D-Marin Classical Music Festival in Bodrum in August 2016 and a tour in South America in October 2016, with concerts in Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
“… the whole orchestra starred. On the smaller scale, that translated to a pulse by the timpani, which syncopated rhythms rose above (…) Despite the demands of the score, individual players – clarinet and flute to start, oboe and bassoon to follow − were consistently confident and powerful.”
“David Zinman skilfully kept the momentum going as he steered the fabulous Tonhalle Orchestra through this 85-minute work.”
(Susan Nickalls, The Scotsman)
“It’s superbly done… there’s wonderful transparency in the playing, far removed from the thick textures favoured by some interpreters. A thrilling account of Siegfried’s Rhine Journey is the high point.”
(Tim Ashley, The Guardian)
“As he has in Strauss, Mahler and latterly Schubert, Zinman presents here a leanly textured, clear and exciting interpretation of these Wagner highlights. The Ride of the Valkyries and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey knock your socks off, while his Sunrise is richly coloured and deeply touching.”
(Guy Weatherall, Classical Music)
“In short, Zinman has produced one of the best modern accounts I’ve heard. His ear for clean orchestral textures produces a first movement that has just the right sort of lucidity as well as a thrilling pace…Zinman and his orchestra phrase so intelligently – really breathing with the music – and orchestral balance is impeccable as well as clear…”
(International Record Review)
“Zinman brings such a musicianly personality to everything he touches: phrasing and articulation are completely natural, without a trace of the overemphatic leanness of period instrument performance, but equally avoiding the lugubriousness of 20th century tradition. Together with his immaculately balanced Zurich orchestra, the Tonhalle, he captures the wit and lilt of the Third Symphony, in a way that makes it sound like a young cousin of Haydn’s ultra-civilised London symphonies. The weightier Fourth, subtitled “Tragic”, is treated to an equally fresh performance.”
“The Tonhalle and Zinman come up with another winning coupling of Nos 3 and 4… The spry, lucid performances generate just the right kind of atmosphere of classical poise and romantic aspiration.”
(The Daily Telegraph)
“Firm accents, punchy rhythms and muscular playing give this performance of Schubert’s “Unfinished” (here numbered 7 rather than the usual 8) a distinct impetus, clarity of definition and a powerful aura of B minor foreboding, without any loss of melodic geniality in the second movement.“
(The Daily Telegraph)
“These are splendid performances, passionately felt and never losing sight of the architecture. The orchestra under David Zinman is on top form. I like his choice of tempos – alert and dynamic throughout the fast movements, never too slow. The recording, too, is unusually well balanced, lending clarity to the subsidiary lines.”
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