Schumann & Beethoven – Sunday Times

The players seem to lean in on their phrases, lending them a new incisiveness and propulsion, breaking free from too homogenous a blend. You could hear the different sections more clearly — violas suddenly vivid, woodwind contrasts defined as with a new belief in themselves — and rapid passagework in the strings gained a particular crispness that evidently had to do with not being able to sit back in the chair. Manfred was as darkly captivating as it should be, yet had a lightness and an airiness.
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