Frankfurter Allgemeine, 19.11.2003
Powerful and Agile
The conductor was Lisa Xanthopoulou from Greece
... and we were treated - in a transcription by Russian conductor Rudolf Barshai - to an elaborate rendition, in which each of the 15 miniatures was played in perfect character.
Following an expressive performance of Puccini's "Crisantemi", Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings in C major op.48 was the best part of the evening: powerful and agile, with expansive cantilenas and studies articulation, this was a performance which showed that Lisa Xanthopoulou and the Württemberger Philharmonic had mastered the composition. It was a very gracious gesture when, following the waltz they played so elegantly as an encore, she thanked each member of the orchestra in person.