Gyeonggi Philharmonic Reviews

Critical Acclaim "He charmed the audiences by conducting the orchestra with elegant lines and free tempi,
reaffirming his reputation as an opera conductor."
-With In News

PDF: Reviews in Korean

The Gyeonggi Philharmonic under the baton of Maestro Zanetti “exceeded expectations, world class”.

Some quotes from and about Massimo Zanetti after his successful inauguration concert as new Music Director:

∙ “I don’t lead the orchestra alone. We work together.”
∙ “The Gyeonggi Phil is a talented young orchestra with great potential and ability. I get a great impression every time, they always give me more than I expected!”
∙ He is renowned for his flexible, passionate and fiery conducting.
∙ He emphasised active communication within the orchestra.
∙ It was a good concert, in which Maestro Zanetti showed how he easily navigates the operatic repertoire.


Dramatic Zanetti ‘Massimo Zanetti & Gyeonggi Philharmonic’

∙ Maestro Zanetti, as a European conductor specialised in opera, played to his strengths through well-prepared programming.
∙ His energetic and clear reading of Mozart’s score proved that he is Italian!
∙ He charmed the audiences by conducting the orchestra with elegant lines and free tempi, reaffirming his reputation as an opera conductor.
∙ Maestro Zanetti’s skill in following a musical narrative and achieving musical catharsis is without match.
∙ Through natural changes in tempo, the Maestro achieved a dramatic result.

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Dramatic direction through contrast – ‘Brahms No.2 by the Gyeonggi Philharmonic’

∙ Maestro Zanetti delivered pure beauty with Brahms’s Symphony No. 2 through graceful melody and rich harmony.
∙ The Maestro’s ability to use effective drama was clearly demonstrated on Brahms’s Symphony No.2.
∙ The Maestro knew exactly where the soloist and the orchestra should be focused throughout the entire score.
∙ One of the more impressive things, along with excitement-packed performance by Jinjoo Cho and clear direction by Maestro Zanetti was the Gyeonggi Philharmonic’s precise dynamics.

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Brahms No.2 by the Gyeonggi Philharmonic

∙ It was almost like listening to Brahms’s Symphony No.2 in a European concert hall, but it was the Gyeonggi Philharmonic that deserves high praise for their agile performance.
∙ Without any doubt, the Gyeonggi Phil gave a top-tier performance.
∙ From Massimo Zanetti performance, one can see the effect that his previous collaborations with other Asian orchestras has had on his relationship with the Gyeonggi Phil.
∙ His operatic encore fuelled the public’s anticipation for a performance in an opera pit someday soon.
∙ We look forward to seeing the Gyeonggi Phil’s growth into a world-class orchestra with Maestro Zanetti.


2019 GPhil New Year Concert

∙ Zanetti’s own color was added to the most well-known repertoire
∙ In contrast with a traditional performance and interpretation of Beethoven’s symphony,
Maestro Zanetti used the Bärenreiter edition, which interprets it in a historically informed
way to revive the composer’s intention.
∙ Traditional performances of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony usually go slowly to create
tragic atmosphere, but Zanetti’s interpretation was rapid and agile.
∙ Instead of following a general approach, Zanetti used dynamic changes in tempo from
the 1st movement until the finale gradually. Maestro Zanetti has tried to follow
Beethoven’s tempo direction precisely across the whole concert.
∙ For the 6th symphony, it seemed as Zanetti asked down bowing to make unique
accent and strength that amplifies a delicate nuance of the piece.

Godeun Kwon

∙ With the Bärenreiter edition, Zanetti with the GPhil’s performance was close to the
original source, but also inventive and creative.
∙ In the Bärenreiter edition, Beethoven’s tempo direction is marked in the footnote, and the
GPhil followed those directions almost completely.
∙ While Maestro Zanetti kept the intention of this edition, he showed his
pursuit of music as well.
∙ The motif of the 6th Symphony can be quite monotonous, but Zanetti brought liveliness
by changing up the phrases and dynamics in tempo.
∙ The orchestra is finding its balance thanks to cooperating with globally active
conductor Zanetti.