Hochtaunus Verlag, 13 February 2003
Three women made the concert a unique experience
Bad Homburg (hw). The third prizewinner concert of this season in the Schlosskirche turned out to be a most remarkable demonstration of the status of women on the music scene. Conductor, orchestra leader and soloist provided a dynamically charged and musically most impressive evening.
Lisa Xanthopoulou, last year's winner in the third Bad Homburg Conducting Competition performed with consummate mastery on the rostrum. Whilst she showed discreet reserve in the classical works by Haydn and Dittersdorf, only investing austere and Spartan gestures to tauten up the Cologne Sinfonietta and lead the way to kaleidoscopic interpretations, she demonstrated her powerfully expressive and stringent mode of conducting in the Late Romantic compositions by Franz Schreker (Intermezzo op. 8) and Hugo Wolf (Italian Serenade). Imparting great energy and suggestive power, she led a body of supremely capable instrumentalists, themselves applauded loudly by the public at first hearing of the unfamiliar works. Lisa Xanthopoulou succeeded in presenting superlative performances of both works, and the public rewarded her with sustained applause. Lisa Xanthopoulou thanked them with the work that helped her win the competition last year against the other contestants: the second Elegiac Melody by Edvard Grieg.