Shostakovich : Cello ConcertoHamburgo, Laeiszhalle, Hamburg, 2012 (Audio)
Director: Constantino Carydis
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In the same concert:
Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade.
NDR Symphony Orchestra
Constantinos Carydis, the young Greek, conducted the new production of Stravinsky's "The Rake's Progress" with great success on May 20, 2012 at the Frankfurt Opera. According to the Frankfurter Rundschau, the evening was also a "...triumph for the orchestra and the discerning, clear leadership of conductor Constantinos Carydis. Not only did the production include a wealth of wonderful sounds or ironical punch lines, but also dramatic instrumental colors such as the quacking clarinet tones in the auction scene, sarcastic commentary on the all too human shabbiness and greediness that such an event brings forth...".
On November 4, 2011 he celebrates a significant honor: he got the Carlos Kleiber-Award 2011, which he was presented in Munich's Nationaltheater. This prize, sponsored by the "Friends of the Nationaltheater" and the Bavarian State Opera, honors young conductors who have particularly distinguished themselves in the Munich domain of Carlos Kleiber. Here at the Bavarian State Opera, Constantinos Carydis is conuducted in November 2011 the new production of Offenbach´s "Les Contes d´Hoffmann" (next performances in tne Munich Opera Festival on July 19 and 23, 2012).
At the Munich Opera Festival 2011 he conducted very successful Mozart´s "Don Giovanni". Under the headline "Seething energy" assessed the Süddeutsche Zeitung on July 16, 2011 the performance under the buton of Constantinos Carydis as a "real festival-premiére" and wrote: " ....Constantinos Carydis is crazy in the best possible sense of the word. As a conductor, he has clear ideas of how things must sound; in the implementation, he gets to the essence. Not all orchestras are willing to agree to his conditions. Those that do experience great moments of music together with him. Carydis does not need a score; he conducts from memory, softly singing the roles of all the singers along together with them, even in the ensembles – an exceptionally fascinating procedure when one.... seeing with amazement how close the communication between him, the orchestra and the singers is – and how fast one can fill a suit with sweat. The musical result is seething energy and extreme precision. Carydis goes to the limits of what is possible for singers and orchestras in terms of tempo and rhythmic shaping – but never beyond. He beats the performance length stated in the program by twenty minutes – yet one never has the feeling that anything is missing. Speed is directly transformed into dramatic energy; the sound shimmers..."
Just as impressive he conducted on December 5, 2010, the new productions of Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas" and Bartok's "Bluebeard's Castle", which are being presented on one evening at the Frankfurt Opera. In its review of December 16, the Süddeutsche Zeitung praises Carydis as a "brilliant conductor" who "continually delivers grandiose and masterly performances, always full of ideas, full of verve, extremely well worked out and exploding with dynamics and rich color".
In the coming seasons he will conduct regularly at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, the Munich State Opera and the Frankfurt Opera. Concert commitments will take him among others to Munich (Münchner Philharmoniker, Orchestra of the State Opera) and Frankfurt (Museumsorchester).
In October 2011 came out the live-recording od Bizet´s "Carmen" from performances at the Royal Oera House Covent Garden London (June 2010) as the first 3D-Opera Recording on Blu-ray disc (Opus Arte). This outstanding production under the baton of Constantinos Carydis is just running in UCI-cinemas in Germany and Austria