On Thursday I went to the second of the two opening concerts of the new season at Tonhalle.
This season welcomes a new orchestra director, Lionel Bringuier. This is my first time seeing the young Frenchmen directing, who was appointed principal conductor at Tonhalle on a 4 year contract starting this season.
The concert kicked off with Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Karawane for choir and orchestra. Esa-Pekka was sitting in the crowd and was welcomed pretty much like a rockstar on the stage by Bringuier (who, Bringuier, used to be resident conductor of the LA Philarmonic, so you might see where the strong, or at least appearing so, tight comes from.)
The concert continued with Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16 and ended with Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique op 14.
I’m quite happy with the concert overall and the choice of program. I’m looking forward seeing more of Bringuier and I’m curious of was Esa-Pekka Salonen will do as Creative Chair of Tonhalle.