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Daniel Inbal - press comments
"Only 27 years old, the German conductor Daniel Inbal allows the Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse to capture precisely the colour and solistic refinement that Strauss demands. "
Badische Zeitung, March 9, 1999
TSCHAIKOWSKY: „ROMEO AND JULIET“, SYMPHONY No.4
Staatsorchester Braunschweig, Wolfsburg
The conductor created colourful sounds with feeling, while remaining true to Tschaikowsky’s original sentiments – dark and aggressive at the beginning of the first movement, gently in the waltz. He intensified dramatically the effect of the rhythmic and melodic ideas towards the end of each movement. The orchestra always reacted with attentiveness and variety, playing in a colourful, sonorous way. Daniel Inbal concluded the symphony with thrilling intensity.
Braunschweiger Zeitung, March 17, 2005
PROKOFJEV: SYMPHONIE CLASSIQUE/ MOZART: SYMPHONY KV 551/
J.STRAUSS: AN DER SCHÖNEN BLAUEN DONAU
Slowakische Sinfonietta, Bad Homburg
[…] detailed rehearsals, which were obviously rewarding – as was the impression during Sergej Prokofjev’s Symphonie classique op.26 which opened the program. Inbal elaborated on the musical wit and refinement of the composition; in the slow movement he let the wonderful cantilenas bloom, and the burlesque gavotte was pursued by the rushing figures of the wood and violins […]
A vital, intensely yet elegantly conducted performance of Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony concluded the official program. The musicians rewarded the enthusiastic applause with Johann Strauß’ Blue Danube waltz – a well-balanced relation of clear tempi and artistic, elaborate phrasing made listening a delight.
FAZ, January 20, 2005
TSCHAIKOWSKY: „FRANCESCA DA RIMINI“, SYMPHONY No.4
Daniel Inbal, vivacious conductor of the second concert in the Stadthalle, has obviously the dramatic impact but also the sensible ability to retain control among the eruptions of the brass, the roll of the kettle-drum and sobbing of the strings. The State Orchestra followed his clear instructions with pleasure, keen, ardent and precise. […] The audience rejoiced.
Braunschweiger Zeitung, October 25, 2004
Mahler: SYMPHONY No.2
Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, Prenzlau, Marienkirche
[…] ninety minutes, which the conductor glides through in the celebrated performance of Mahler’s 2nd symphony as part of the Uckermärkische Musikwochen […] in the sold out
St. Mary’s church.
The musicians approach the building’s acoustic problems with an extremely soft, flexible, transparent sound, which keeps its shape even in the most powerful eruptions and comforting consolations. […] Their way of playing […] is charming, transporting sound-theatre.
The Uckermärkische Musikwochen reached its climax with this concert in St.Mary’s.
Uckermark-Kurier, August 30, 2004
DVOŘÁK: SYMPHONY No.8
Staatsorchester Braunschweig, Festival Braunschweig Classix, Celle
With Dvořák’s 8th symphony the Braunschweig State Orchestra […] proved its capabilities in its own element […].
The acquiescent State orchestra followed Inbal’s clear indications with verve and procured a thrilling, absorbing interpretation. The performance was met with much applause.
Braunschweiger Zeitung, June 21, 2004
After intermission, the very talented young conductor Daniel Inbal showed, through his ardent interpretation of Antonín Dvořák’s 8th symphony, what outstanding results the State Orchestra Braunschweig is able to achieve, when well-prepared and adequately concentrated.
Cellesche Zeitung, June 20, 2004
BRAHMS: SYMPHONY No.1
Daniel Inbal […] achieved in the Stadthalle’s 6th concert an exemplary, magical interpretation of this work of liberation, which was abundantly celebrated by the audience […] The orchestra, secure and highly motivated, followed Inbal’s own confident directions. Although he stressed the work’s heroic, struggling gesture, he relinquished to the reposing calm of the choral-like final theme. Beethoven would surely have been content with his Brahms.
Braunschweiger Zeitung, February 19, 2004
GRIEG: „AUS HOLBERGS ZEIT“/ SIBELIUS: „PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE“
Prussian Chamber Orchestra
The small but solid string sections committed to achieving clear and careful intonation, adopting an affectionate playing style (“Air”) and to creating lusty, vigorous sound-sculptures.
The listener is hypnotised and enjoys […] the convincing performance.
Daniel Inbals work achieves increasingly successful results.
Nordkurier, December 1st, 2003
SIBELIUS: SYMPHONY No.7/ LUTOSŁAWSKI: PARTITA/
TCHAIKOVSKY: SYMPHONY No.1
Gürzenich Orchester Cologne Philharmonie
In the Partita the conductor Inbal did not only convince as a coordinator with his clean 5/4-beat, but as a sensitive mediator, who followed his heart amongst the abstract musical language [...] Outstanding individual performances of the orchestra soloists and a passionate conductor procured a concert experience not to be missed.
Kölnische Rundschau November 24, 2003
SMETANA: „THE MOLDAU“
He mastered the cliffs and rapids of the stream with great empathy and pictorial technique and motivated the orchestra again and again to impressive achievements.
Leipziger Volkszeitung, July 14, 2003
PROKOFIEV: SYMPHONIE CLASSIQUE / SCHUBERT: SYMPHONY No. 1
Prussian Chamber Orchestra
Perfect conditions awaited Inbal’s Prenzlau-debut, with which he was brilliantly successful: two hours of precise, detail-exact and excitement-rich musical interpretation […]
The orchestra was willing to be seduced by a precise style of conducting. Inbal steers the orchestra through the musical landscape from memory and without baton. He leads the musicians to achieve awakened, keen-hearing playing.
Uckermark Kurier January 27, 2003
If Daniel Inbal signs the contract, the orchestra will have secured for the next few years a conductor who someday could become one of the greats of his guild. That at least seems to be sure, because the “Prussians” have seldom sounded as good as they did on Friday under Inbal’s direction.
Prenzlauer Zeitung, January 27, 2003
SOFIA GUBAIDULINA: SEVEN WORDS
Womens’ chamber orchestra, Konzerthaus Vienna, Schubertsaal
Inbal and the Frauenkammerorchester have formed a performance in which concentration and tension are not released for a second: a huge and enduring impression.
Wiener Zeitung, November 18, 1999
TRAUSS: ARIADNE AUF NAXOS
Opéra National du Rhin
The entire casting, faultless down to even the most episodic contribution was supported by an instrumental commentary from the Mulhouse Orchestra in the style of its greatest days. Under the lively and energetic conducting of Daniel Inbal, [...] R. Strauss’ phrases soared and burned, combining lyricism with enthusiasm. Inbal drew from the very roots of his music the fusion of genres for which the composer himself strove.
L’ Alsace, March 9, 1999
Only 27 years old, the German conductor Daniel Inbal allows the Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse to capture precisely the colour and solistic refinement that Strauss demands.
Badische Zeitung, March 9, 1999
BENJAMIN BRITTEN: THE TURN OF THE SCREW
Daniel Inbal conducted the small ensemble securely, maintaining clear contact on stage.
Wiener Zeitung, May 25, 1997
Junge Oper Wien, Diepholz
At the fore stood the just 23 year-old Daniel Inbal, already an outstanding conductor with a good feeling for the right tempo, the ability to shape organic transitions and attentiveness to the singers with a technique as clear as it was expressive [...]
Diepholzer Kreisblatt, February 17, 1996
MOZART/HAYDN: AIRS SACREES
Annick Massis, Choeurs et Orchestre Colonne, Paris
With Inbal’s elegant support, the well-disposed Orchestre de Cologne achieved an equally momentous result, especially clear in this live recording.
La Marseillaise, 6. June 6, 2004
It is a delight to hear the seductive Orchestre de Cologne playing under the musical direction of Daniel Inbal.
Massis is well supported by Daniel Inbal and the Colonne Orchestra. The orchestra plays in a crisp, lively style and under Inbal’s secure direction they produce an especially light, chamber-like sound.
Classical CD Reviews Sept 2004