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THE GREEK WOMAN AND TOTAL BODY INVOLVEMENT


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 16 October 2000

THE GREEK WOMAN AND TOTAL BODY INVOLVEMENT

The young Greek woman walks onto the stage of the Mainz Phoenixhalle, steps onto the rostrum, stands in suspenseful stillness a moment, lifts the baton, and gives the signal to start. A common sight for concert-goers, one would think; the beginning of a composition for a large orchestra. But actually an unusual sight, for the conductor from Thessalonica is still so young, and, what is more, a woman.... After only a few bars, her conducting revealed not only a natural and completely uninhibited and fluent use of her whole body, but also an intensive contact with the musicians, striking in its tautness of interpretation and concentration. And that in music which is full of pitfalls for baton technique alone....., which demands .......the greatest concentration from the instrumentalists, conceived as it is in an anti-emotional vein. .... Lisa Xanthopoulou - the music world will surely be hearing more of her- led the performance to jubilant ovations in a work which is otherwise received with rather more reserve,. The bravos were pre-eminently hers, a few, however, also for the Mainz State Orchestra with a performance one does not hear every day.

HARALD BUDWEG






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