Adam Olaf Gibowski / / 2017

August 20, 2017 2:43 pm Published by […]The success was the work of conductor Anna Duczmal-Mróz, who had dreamed about performing this piece for many years. And finally she did.With increasing frequency, I take note of the impressive versatility in Anna Duczmal’s musical personality, which yields truly excellent results. The conductor is fond of details – she links the success of the macro form to nuances. This is perceptible, in particular in these difficult phrases with abrupt rhythm changes; the artist is very attentive, and she can ensure appropriate rubato. Anna Duczmal-Mróz passed this difficult exam with a distinction. The conductor deserves such a high score first and foremost due to her creation of appropriately dramatic, yet not overcomplicated tension in the last movement in the work. It is possible to show little creativity with regard to the first three movements of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 – in the worst-case scenario, the audience will start to fidget. However, a step in the opposite direction always leads to a fiasco. The last movement of the symphony is an extensive finale – full of drama and containing reminiscences of the first movement. This largely extensive element aims to summarise the work and is full of deceptive cadences and surprising twists of musical drama. This is why the expressive and consistent vision created by Anna Duczmal-Mróz on the basis of an interplay of contrasts produced a most satisfying outcome. Well done, I hope to see a disc release of this performance!

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