--Bad Homburger Woche, 28 November 2002
Conductor Lisa Xanthopoulou in a successful debut
Bad Homburg (hw). The prizewinner of the 2002 Bad Homburg Conducting Award, Lisa Xanthopoulou, made her debut at the weekend in the full house of the Schlosskirche. The 34-year-old conductor, the winner last summer against 50 rival competitors, was hailed with great applause..... The young prizewinner presented grandiose interpretations of the Brandenburg Concerto no.3 by Johann Sebastian Bach and the Concerto Grosso in D-minor by George Frideric Handel. With a conducting style of discreet gestures, she accentuated the triple groupings inherent in Bach's concerto, left the musician groups free to unfold in the solo passages, and packed the polyphonically structured work into a rendering densely charged with an enthralling, breathtaking dynamism. No less intense was her interpretation of the Handel, where she sensitively sounded out the dynamics in the Air, and then let her fiery temperament loose in the final movement.
A full and rounded evening of chamber music with a very remarkable conductor, arousing great expectations for her concert on 7 February with works by Haydn, Dittersdorf, Schreker, Debussy and Wolf.