Reviews

David Danzmayr

31/05/2015, Lawrence Johnson

Chicago Classical Review

Clearly, the immensely gifted Austrian is on the fast track in what promises to be a major career [...]

[...] his departure after four seasons is a major blow to an ensemble that appeared to be on the rise, and leaves a formidable task for IPO management to find a worthy successor.

The performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, which concluded the Illinois Philharmonic’s season Saturday, was emblematic of IPO performances under its charismatic conductor. Danzmayr showed complete sympathy with Mahler’s idiom, pacing the 75-minute canvas with great skill. His sweeping, intense podium direction elicited a roiling, dramatic performance that pushed the orchestra to the limits [...]


10/05/2015, Jennifer Hambrick

Columbus Dispatch

The musicians bounded through a program of works by William Bolcom, Max Bruch, Vilem Tausky and Schubert with music-making nothing short of inspiring. [...]

At the end of the concert, Danzmayr led a performance of the symphony that lived up to his proposed subtitle for the symphony: Schubert’s “Joyous” symphony.

The orchestra maintained a crystalline ensemble throughout the first movement, tiptoed and sang through the second movement, swirled in a lively waltz-like minuet in the third movement and bristled through a manic tarantella in the fourth-movement finale.


18/01/2015, Lawrence Johnson

Chicago Classical Review

The charismatic David Danzmayr consistently inspires the orchestra to the limits of their capabilities and, often, beyond. […]

In the ensuing performance, Danzmayr’s close identification with Elgar and his celebrated showpiece was clear in every bar, the conductor and orchestra offering up a bracing, richly characterful and eloquent performance.

Danzmayr is clearly an Elgarian of the first order […]


15/11/2014, Lawrence Johnson

Chicago Classical Review

Danzmayr is such a charismatic and dynamic podium presence he seems to will the IPO musicians to the very limits of their capabilities–and even beyond. Such was clear in the rich and often electrifying performance of Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1.

[…] Danzmayr’s concentrated direction charted the ebb and flow with driving yet flexible momentum. The Andante captured the craggy Northern lyricism with the conductor ensuring fine balances, the woodwind skirls audible under the big orchestral tuttis.

The pounding Scherzo was aptly vigorous and the performance culminated in a terrific account of the finale. The central big tune–as indelible as anything by Tchaikovsky—really took flight, played by the IPO strings with rich tone. The violins played with striking intensity in the dramatic moments, yet Danzmayr also conveyed the strangeness and mystery of this work as with the coda’s descent and two quiet pizzicato chords.


24/03/2013, Dennis Polkow

Chicago Classical Review

Continuing his first season as the new music director of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, 32-year old Austrian conductor David Danzmayr is creating a considerable amount of excitement […]

Having already conducted most of an impressive inaugural season made up of wide-ranging repertoire, Danzmayr’s familiarity and authority with Austro-Germanic repertoire was on display Saturday night at a packed Lincoln-Way North Center for the Performing Arts.

[…] he led a performance of immense spirit and nuance.

Danzmayr’s stalwart interpretation and the determination of the orchestra to realize that vision made this anything but a routine performance.

Momentum and a careful eye on larger structure were apparent throughout, with Danzmayr’s considerable attention to carefully sculpted dynamics and getting to the musical heart of each movement. […]


20/01/2013, Lawrence Johnson

Chicago Classical Review

[…] What makes the Philharmonic noteworthy these days is the podium leadership of Danzmayr, 32, who is clearly a young conductor on the rise, displaying assured handling of repertoire from Baroque to the 20th century.

La Mer, the evening’s main work, was particularly noteworthy. […] Danzmayr elicited responsive and often quite lovely playing in Debussy’s sonic seascape. The conductor judged the ebb and flow of this evocative music with great skill and drew finely balanced textures, with a vibrant climax in the first movement. The second section, “Play of the Waves”, was especially well done, and Danzmayr brought edgy turbulence to the storm-tossed finale with superb vigor and impact. […]


13/12/2012, Balduin Sulzer

Kronenzeitung

Vielbejubeltes AK-Classics-Konzert im Linzer Brucknerhaus [...] Und als Höhepunkt eine hinreißende „Fünfte“ von Tchaikovsky, welche das Bruckner Orchester unter Dirigent David Danzmayr über sich hinauswachsen ließ – eine Wiedergabe von überwältigender Intensität!


16/11/2012, John von Rhein

Chicago Tribune

Tchaikovsky's music has served as a calling card for many a maestro, but few have used it to galvanize orchestral players as impressively, their first time out of the box, as Danzmayr did on this occasion. […]

Building brooding atmosphere from the portentous introduction through the main body of the opening movement, Danzmayr had his strings and brass digging into their instruments with a dark-toned intensity that underscored the Slavic fatefulness of the music. His vigorous and decisive gestures left no doubt as to his natural command of the music or of his musicians.

The well-integrated IPO woodwinds rose to the fore in the heart-on-sleeve lyricism of the slow movement, complete with a supple horn solo from John Fairfield. The third-movement waltz was graceful and lilting. Danzmayr is among the few conductors who properly observe the mezzo-forte (medium loud) marking at the opening of the finale. The movement swept to the double bar in a white heat of collective concentration. […]

Clearly Danzmayr has what it takes to make the Illinois Philharmonic a major player among the orchestras that are providing the greater Chicago area with such a rich abundance of symphonic music. He and the IPO may be just the ticket to lure classical music buffs away from their customary downtown-Chicago migration patterns.


11/11/2012, Lawrence Johnson

Chicago Classical Review

Charismatic young conductor opens Illinois Philharmonic’s 35th season in style

[…] the entire orchestra is clearly stoked by their new maestro and played with daunting fire and responsiveness Saturday. […]

Danzmayr elicited a robust, powerful and high-voltage performance. The strings were especially inspired handling the fast figures at Danzmayr’s fleet tempos securely, and the conductor built inexorable dramatic momentum to a rousing and emphatic coda that brought the audience to their feet.


15/11/2014, Lawrence Johnson

Chicago Classical Review

Danzmayr is such a charismatic and dynamic podium presence he seems to will the IPO musicians to the very limits of their capabilities–and even beyond. Such was clear in the rich and often electrifying performance of Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1.

[…] Danzmayr’s concentrated direction charted the ebb and flow with driving yet flexible momentum. The Andante captured the craggy Northern lyricism with the conductor ensuring fine balances, the woodwind skirls audible under the big orchestral tuttis.

The pounding Scherzo was aptly vigorous and the performance culminated in a terrific account of the finale. The central big tune–as indelible as anything by Tchaikovsky—really took flight, played by the IPO strings with rich tone. The violins played with striking intensity in the dramatic moments, yet Danzmayr also conveyed the strangeness and mystery of this work as with the coda’s descent and two quiet pizzicato chords.


24/03/2013, Dennis Polkow

Chicago Classical Review

Continuing his first season as the new music director of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, 32-year old Austrian conductor David Danzmayr is creating a considerable amount of excitement […]

Having already conducted most of an impressive inaugural season made up of wide-ranging repertoire, Danzmayr’s familiarity and authority with Austro-Germanic repertoire was on display Saturday night at a packed Lincoln-Way North Center for the Performing Arts.

[…] he led a performance of immense spirit and nuance.

Danzmayr’s stalwart interpretation and the determination of the orchestra to realize that vision made this anything but a routine performance.

Momentum and a careful eye on larger structure were apparent throughout, with Danzmayr’s considerable attention to carefully sculpted dynamics and getting to the musical heart of each movement. […]


20/01/2013, Lawrence Johnson

Chicago Classical Review

[…] What makes the Philharmonic noteworthy these days is the podium leadership of Danzmayr, 32, who is clearly a young conductor on the rise, displaying assured handling of repertoire from Baroque to the 20th century.

La Mer, the evening’s main work, was particularly noteworthy. […] Danzmayr elicited responsive and often quite lovely playing in Debussy’s sonic seascape. The conductor judged the ebb and flow of this evocative music with great skill and drew finely balanced textures, with a vibrant climax in the first movement. The second section, “Play of the Waves”, was especially well done, and Danzmayr brought edgy turbulence to the storm-tossed finale with superb vigor and impact. […]

The performance was an unmitigated triumph

Michael Tumelty, The Herald

Clearly Danzmayr has what it takes

John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

He has excelled in everything

Simon Woods, ED Seattle Symphony