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March 2016 Jörn Florian Fuchs

Deutschland Radio Kultur

Die Walküre

At the head of the orchestra, Péter Halász ensures a varied and colourful sound. Every detail of the score produces the desired effect; in certain places the music is deliberately brash. Considered theatrically, the whole thing remains just slightly decorative, but from a musical perspective, Die Walküre is a truly significant performance.

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March 2016 Orsolya Gyárfás

Bachtrack.com

Die Walküre

Thankfully, the quality of the musical performances was much higher. Under the baton of Péter Halász, the orchestra played with gripping intensity, never letting the music drag and the audience's attention wander. Halász drew an incredibly lush sound from the strings and bright blazing from the brass, but payed great attention that the orchestra would not overpower the singers.

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March 2016 Harald Lacina

Neue Merker

Die Walküre

Péter Halász, the young music director of the Hungarian State Opera, stunningly succeeds in executing the score. Drawing taut arcs and applying the appropriate musical accents to the dramatically significant moments, he approached the intricate elaboration of the work with an abundance of affection. That tautness lasted all evening.

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March 2016 Gábor Bóta

Népszava

Die Walküre

The orchestra conducted by Péter Halász with breathtaking intensity and evocativeness have the chance show their lion’s claws straight away – we might even feel that a raging beast is biting into our bodies.

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March 2016 Ferenc László

Magyar Narancs

Die Walküre

Down in the pit, Péter Halász directs the work, and the unswervingly focussed and motivated form of the orchestra is plain to hear. And from the musicians’ constant discipline, on occasions, passages of experiential beauty which are by no means limited to the popular orchestral sections emerge. The former music director has once again performed a work of value and it is reassuring to know that the second half of the Ring – Siegfried in 2017, and Götterdämmerung in 2018 – will also be conducted by him.

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