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ITALY

Bari – Corriere della Sera

Conducted by a Walter Proost in true dazzling form…

It is definitely a merit of a conductor such as Proost, who makes the artistic discipline and the hermit-like conscientious attention to the particular timbres to his own essential creed.

The Firebird Suite. The waiting for this execution was finally rewarded by a most appreciable interpretation by the orchestra, led by Walter Proost in an optimal way up to the discovery of the magnificent colours of an extraordinary palette of timbres.

Bari – La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno

What a joy in the orchestra of Proost!

Proost, once again, has received admirable results from the orchestra, to remark, as the ensemble is capable of standing up with resolution to a repertoire which goes from the romantic to the modern, without any moment of falling down and never being weakened by the temptation of routine.

The whole with an absolute rhythmic precision an a concern for details, the composer’s original intentions worthy.

Bari – La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno

Brahm’s creativity raised by Douglas and Proost .

On stage Walter Proost, a conductor who has led the orchestra many times before, always yielding a more than favourable outcome…

And Proost has got the maximum out of the orchestra, confirming his skill with an interpretation of Brahm’s second symphony in which heroism and poetry merged into a fruitful result. The phrasing, also in the passionate exciting moments, always remained clear, transparent and distinctly conducted. once more, I wish to emphasize that the Bari orchestra works very well when being led by a good conductor. It is no coincidence that Proost who immediately invited the orchestra to put up a tremendous performance, achieved this result in the symphony:  the satisfied condcutor underlined herewith that everyone’s élan and diligent collaboration have contributed to a large extent to turn the evening into a success.

Bari – La Gazetta del Mezzogiorno

After his unforgettable conducting of last year, Maestro Proost confirmed his first impression. He is possibly the only conductor who can draw such a response from this orchestra and, after several years of experience with the Bari Symphony, I can tell…

Turin – La Stampa

The final part of the programme consisted of Mozart’s Symphony KV 504 “The Prague”, a demonic masterpiece which Walter Proost interpreted with a remarkable tension, carrying the Turin Philharmonic Orchestra to a high sound-quality and organizing the complicated wheels of the counterpoint in the first movement with precision and energy. In that way, equally spreading the monumental seriousness of the first movement, the calm, unlike reassurance, of the second and the twinkling witty lightness of the third movement towards a miraculous marriage of expression and dark powers. When the Prague Symphony is well being executed, then its effect becomes impressive. And such was the case last evening, to great satisfaction and enjoyment of all those present who cheered the orchestra and its conductor.

 

AUSTRIA

Vienna – Zur Zeit

The Fourth Symphony by Robert Schumann was the highlight of the concert…

This exquisite symphony was executed with broad gestures and moderate tempi which let the music the necessary time for long breathing spaces. Karajan sent his regards from the distance and the audience was exuberantly delighted with it.

One has to thank conductor Walter Proost, soloist Kurt Franz Schmid and the orchestra (Niederösterreichisches Tonkünstler-Orchester) for having enabled this meeting with beautiful, however rarely being executed works from the Classic-Romantic period.

Amstetten – NÖN Amstettner Zeitung

The “Tonkünstler-Orchester” conducted by Walter Proost delighted with a basket full of presents and charming surprises. An evening full of musical enjoyment.

 

GERMANY

Baden – Badener Zeitung

… Here as well conductor Walter Proost knew how to lead the orchestra (“Niederösterreichisches Tonkünstler- Orchester”)with the biggest possible intensity and musicality, hereby building up a field of tension full of dramatics.

Gießen – Gießener Allgemeine

Walter Proost, being a guest at the music stand, was celebrated.

Walter Proost and the orchestra of Gießen presented a well-defined classic (Beethoven’s Symphony n° 3 “Eroïca”) in vivid colours. Proost’s facial expression, gestures and his whole body moving à la Bernstein told a lot about his musicality which was entirely being passed on to the orchestra. The Maestro took special care over the violins. The stormy and passionate sensing introduction was followed by a solemn, in tempo gradually attracting Adagio. Ominous pathos, pianissimo of the strings, contrasting tutti and shrill accents of the timpani were stricking. After that, a model of precision, the Scherzo with its fine polished hunting motifs (briljant horns) and the ending of which referring to the final part, let Proost make music, significant and with a lively Coda. The audience’s enthusiasm gave rise to many “curtain calls” and a warm applause which Proost intercepted with a spirited performance of Mozart’s “Figaro”-overture.

Flensburg – Kieler Nachrichten

The Belgian guest at the stand, Walter Proost, clearly met with the colourful fantasy turns of the Háry János Suite, with a true mastery he guided his orchestra (Schleswig-Holsteinisches Sinfonieorchester) through the fairy-like parts, and let it play unreserved.

Oldenburg – Nordwest Zeitung

Walter Proost had studied the work (Symphony nr. 6)  of Ravel’s pupil Vaughan-Williams with extreme precision and raised it, with an unyielding élan, to superior effect.

 

SWITZERLAND

Yverdon-les-Bains  – Journal du Nord Vaudois

The audience applauded both soloists before getting carried away by the infectuous enthusiasm of Walter Proost, guest conductor of international renown, who interprets with an exceptional energy Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, a blissful and descriptive piece of music written after a long journey in Rome in 1833. The Belgian conductor sets ablaze the orchestra (the “Sinfonietta de Lausanne”), he leads it with such authority as a result of which the musicians excel themselves and bring a passionate performance of this very classical early symphony, exception made for a beautiful Andante, melodious as to one’s liking. Finally in the “encore” we see an excited Walter Proost offering his audience a short piece for strings only, “Rodeo” by Aaron Copland, in a whirl of rhythms expressing miraculous vitality, a joyful grand finale of a perfectly well-balanced concert. More than ever, the absentees were wrong to miss such valuable opportunity to discover extraordinary ways in music, but also served by first-rate performers.

 

BELGIUM

Antwerp – De Nieuwe Gazet

Walter Proost knew how to put this score (Cosi fan tutte)- sparkling with passion but also overwhelmed with wittiness and tenderness – into a true dazzling aura, perfectly balancing the sound levels and never drowning the singers’ voices.

The audience spontaneously cheered several arias that were sung in an exemplary Mozartian style and the evening ended in a small triumph, amply merited.

Antwerp – De Nieuwe Gazet

…The music (Yuzuro) marvellously matches the western rhythms. This fine alliance was well brought forward by an orchestra that was led Walter Proost, who accompanied in a splendid way the developments of the protagonists of this beautiful spectacle.

Antwerp – De Nieuwe Gazet

Once again, Walter Proost demonstrated his other ability: the art of accompanying a soloist in a precise, sensitive manner…

 

NETHERLANDS

Roosendaal – Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant

Walter Proost, whom we already saw at work some times before in this concert hall conducting the Sanremo symphony orchestra in a complete different repertoire, also showed towards the chamber music and the smaller ensemble (Deutsches Kammerorchester Frankfurt am Main) a very calm conductor, who gets every nuance out of the music score.

The Mozart Symphony in A major was feinitely a showpiece of the orchestra. In short, a charming concert with a ditto conductor.

 

FRANCE

Paris – Le Figaro

The orchestra was electrified by the enthusiasm of its conductor, Walter Proost…

U.S.A.

The Times (Northwest Indiana’s Newspaper)

Guest conductor Proost pulls right strings with Symphony.

Belgian-born conductor Walter Proost connected well with the string players from the symphony… He capitalized on their strengths and seemed to know how far he could challenge them to achieve his clear-cut goals. Proost is welcome back anytime.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel  

Guest conductor spices up Chamber performance.

The Knoxville Chamber Orchestra had a ball…. Most of the reason was the guest conductor, Walter Proost, who obviously enjoyed leading the local musicians through some rollicking works. His pleasure was contagious.

At the end, the audience gave Proost a standing ovation. He was called back for additional bows, then gave the audience an extra. … When the audience burst into applause again, he turned indicating the orchestra should also take a bow, but they remained seated, insisting that this bow was for Proost alone. Bravo, maestro.

The Sacramento Union

Ebullient Proost guides orchestra.

Sacramento Symphony guest conductor Walter Proost,…, has made some fans in Sacramento.

That proved , at least, to be the case from the cheers and bravos tossed to him…

A playful, smiling Proost pulled a marvelous suppleness and buoyancy from the orchestra…

Proost takes the academic edge off music by making it fun.

The Sacramento Bee Final

Guest conductor Walter Proost gave a performance that turned this concert into an unforgettable event. The orchestra rose to new heights of expression under his baton. The concert ended in wildly enthusiastic applause and “bravos” that culminated in a standing ovation.

San Francisco Chronicle

When ever has a guest conductor drawn such a response from this orchestra? Proost led the orchestra with sensitivity and an obvious command of the material.

The orchestra paid him back with a first-rate performance.

A great musician, winning confidence immediately and accompishing musically cogent, well-thought-out performances.

San Francisco Examinor

Guest conductor Walter Proost and the orchestra created such a delicious rendition of the Haydn Symphony that Haydn’s humor and creativity sparkled like so many diamonds on black velvet.

 

BRASIL

Jornal Diario de Sorocaba

Maestro Proost is impressive by the qualities inherent to his task: sensibility, determination and dramatization. In short, all exhibited the most briljant behavior.