Das Orchester Sept. 2000
THE DIFFERENCE-DEBUSSY AND RAVEL
(Frankfurt State Orchestra performing at a university concert)
.... The State Orchestra under Lisa Xanthopoulou succeeded in making these differences audible. The young Greek woman's expressive gestures spurred the musicians on to emotionally focused and precise playing. From the very start, she captured the audience's attention with Ravel's elegant, extended elegy "Pavane pour une infante morte". A dance-like grace characterised the ballet suite "Ma mere l'oye , also by Ravel, as interpreted by the young Greek conductor, who is on a three-years' sponsorship by the German Music Council. Yet she struck a thoroughly natural, narrative note for the folk-tales. No less sensuous and sculptural for the ear were the sounds she evoked of the mysterious glow of Debussy's tonal painting for the piano ......
PETER BUSKE (Märkische Oderzeitung Frankfurt)