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November 2016 Peter Löw

Nürnberger Zeitung

Concert with the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Nürnberg

Following the lighthearted, bright music, Bartók switches to melancholy in the third movement, the Elegy, before concluding the piece with the sparkling, optimistic Presto. Musically, this development is handled with smooth and stunning skill by Péter Halász and the State Philharmonic Orchestra Nuremberg. We heard an exemplary performance, the exemplary value of which would also be desirable in the world of politics – and not only in Hungary.

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November 2016 Jens Voskamp

Nürnberger Nachrichten

Concert with the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Nürnberg

Péter Halász is a conductor with a comprehensive concept and, in the best possible sense, dependable abilities. When it is necessary, he is impulsive, yet he still channels the waves of the music along the riverbed with a sense of calm... It was with a silky elegance that each instrumental group of the State Philharmonic presented a convincing interpretation full of depth and emotional warmth, thus bringing the conductor’s transparent concept to life.

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July 2016 Gábor Bóta

Népszava

Tenor Gala

With the charismatic Péter Halász dictating the passionate and feverish tempos, playing the Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra intensifies the atmosphere, which really does grow ever more intense.

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June 2016 W. Kutzschbach

Opernglas

The Tempest

With this work, the music director of the State Opera has proved himself to be enormously versatile. With the well-instructed choir, we heard a performance bursting with tension and colours which was rewarded with a huge ovation by its conspicuously young audience.

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May 2016 Ferenc László

Magyar Narancs

The Tempest

The musical execution of the gratifyingly well-rehearsed Budapest premiere was the result of the joint mastery of the justifiably assured guest artists, the Hungarian performers who rose close to their level, and the conductor, who held the production together with a prowess that was impressive. Péter Halász is no longer the music director of the Hungarian State Opera, yet the fact that his talent and prestige was never dependent on his official title was dazzlingly evident on the evening of the premiere as he penetrated, mastered, and brought forth the sound of Adès’ awfully rich musical score.

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