GISÈLE BEN-DOR , conductor

The Los Angeles Times

Mark Swed

... Ben-Dor is a star on the rise and very much ready for prime time.

... She is also just the conductor we have been waiting for to make a really persuasive case for Latin composers like Villa-Lobos and Revueltas, whose music should be heard more than it is.

... She is a conductor with a streak of wildness in her, and she let the demon in Revueltas out.

... The only Dvorak I know to match what she had in mind here was the kind of violent Dvorak that Furtwangler conducted in Berlin during World War II. The Eighth is usually thought of as a lyrical symphony. And Ben-Dor did not shy away from big dug-in sweeps of lyricism. She even brought back portamento, that sentimental sliding from string to string, now discredited.

But lyricism with Ben-Dor is calm before the storm ... the conductor proved relentless. The sense of urgency of this performance was downright astounding.

... There is surely no holding back a conductor with so ferocious a talent.


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