“The Boston Symphony Orchestra has appointed German Moritz Gnann as the orchestra’s new assistant conductor beginning with the 2015-16 season for a two-year term.” More interesting is that Gnann has worked with BSO music director Andris Nelsons at the Bayreuth Festival, where he assisted on a new production of “Lohengrin.” He has also collaborated with conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Donald Runnicles, and Christian Thielemann. Gnann, who studied orchestral conducting at the Berlin University of the Arts and at the Dresden School of Music, will make his first podium appearance with the BSO during the 2016 Tanglewood season. "
"Conducting debut, Pressler performance make for a BSO night to remember"
"Boston Symphony Orchestra assistant conductor Moritz Gnann made his Symphony Hall debut Tuesday with an enticing program of Romantic music: Mendelssohn’s “Hebrides” Overture, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 (K. 595), and Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World.” It was a night to remember, for his own performance and that of his piano soloist, 92-year-old Beaux Arts Trio founder Menahem Pressler."
A Young Conductor's Marvelous Mahler"
"Performances earlier in the weekend were executed with precision, but were not memorable. That changed Sunday afternoon when Moritz Gnann, the orchestra’s assistant conductor, took the podium.
[...] Gnann had complete control over the shape and color of the opening movement, the softness of the A helping to evoke the quiet of the forest which Mahler augmented with bird calls, offstage trumpet fanfares, and horn melodies.
[...] As the work progressed, Gnann’s attention to detail became apparent. He masterfully weaved the threads of Mahler’s music, allowing parts rarely heard clearly, such as those from the harp and bass drum, albeit played softly, to contribute to the sonority."
Read the Full Concert Review by Seth Arenstein
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