"The baton that breathes music": Alpesh returns to Parma
Alpesh conducted La Filarmonica Toscanini on Friday in a programme of Rachmaninoff's Symphony No.2 in E minor and Bartók's Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, with soloist Behrang Rassekhi.
The concert follows Alpesh's last minute stand in with the orchestra in March 2015, replacing Kazushi Ono to conduct Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor and Beethoven's Symphony No.3 'Eroica'.
Mauro Balestrazzi from La Repubblica Parma commented:
"Last year ... Chauhan, who had performed only a handful of concerts in Italy, seemed to be a phenomenon.
Well, the revelation of a year ago was confirmed. [I had] never seen a man of such a young age hold the orchestra with such confidence and ease, for over an hour without ever dropping the energy, even for a moment, and with an unusual capacity for introspection and expression."
Similarly, the headline of Gazetta Di Parma's review declared: "Alpesh Chauhan, the baton that breathes music".
Photo: Luca Trascinelli and Fondazione Arturo Toscanini.