Having a star like Benedetti on the platform added class. But it was Takács-Nagy who created this performance. It was his night.
"Beethoven’s Fifth was the perfect way to complete what has been an outstandingly successful, often groundbreaking season for the Camerata"
"Watching the four percussionists [...] rise to the occasion is as mesmerising as the setting"
"I’m not sure any conductor exudes as much infectious enjoyment on the podium as Gábor Takács-Nagy"
"Manchester’s Albert Hall came alive"
"There is a joy in the healing power of music that shines through the sadness in the Camerata’s glorious performance."
"Afterwards came the most magical performance of the night, played in near-darkness and with intensity and passion"
"Manchester Camerata evoked the air of ethereal beauty and yearning"
"Gabor Takacs-Nagy was especially worthy of attention"
"I come back to Takács-Nagy, who is the personification of the music being played".
The conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy writes in his programme notes that Martha Argerich is "both a poet and a tiger on stage" – though the great Argentinian pianist leaves audiences on tenterhooks as to which, if either of them, will turn up.
"Takács-Nagy encouraged his players to respond with the most finely nuanced chamber music-making".
"A stunning performance was rewarded with a prolonged standing ovation".
"Mysterious with a sultry, shimmering nocturnal quality the following Adagio made quite an impression in Takács-Nagy’s expert hands".
"This was a remarkable evening, and credit must go to all involved for pulling off such an event".
"The performance was utterly breathtaking - one of those special events that MIF pledges to unleash. The Largo, in particular, was a serene, swirling masterclass".
"From the outset of the dolorous 1st movement it was obvious that we were to be treated to something very special".
"wonderful use of pedal in the reprise of the main theme and a charmingly imitative dialogue with the clarinet".
"The quartet managed this admirably, handing each other melodies carefully whilst successfully navigating the required choreography".
"A Mozart piano concerto ensured a full house and seemed to galvanise the Camerata into a stunning performance especially highly spirited with an abundance of vitality".
"There was John Tavener's Eternal Memory... as in Arvo Pärt's Summa, its serener moment - brief as both pieces are - were handled tellingly"
"he is an exceptional player [...] He is phenomenal, charismatic".
"Playing with a profound sensitivity the radiant Camerata strings maintained a deep emotional tension that was exhilarating from the first note to the last".
"Their playing, and particularly that of the orchestra’s leader Giovanni Guzzo, was exacting in Reich’s Different Trains and consummately graceful in Pärt's Fratres".
"Boyd's performance shines musically and sonically, as the finest of the 'period' accounts I have heard. An Outstanding release".