Above all, he leaves a lot of people behind him, starting with Blomstedt, Haitink or Abbado despite their superior instrumental brilliance, and sends Barenboim’s Wagnerian routine back to the ropes …
It’s the finale that’s the highlight of this recording. Ballot eclipses not only Celibidache but also most other conductors …
It takes a clever mind and exceptional ability and over all charisma to conduct Bruckner’s third at this pace. The young Vienna-based French conductor unites all these qualities. Remy Ballot, remember that name.
I prefer silence after a performance in a church but the very international Bruckner-loving crowd opted for profanely-wild, understandable applause.
The Ballot equation says precision plus energy equals ecstasy squared.
Rémy Ballot’s long-breathed conducting gives an elemental power, great beauty and solemnity to the symphony.
Ballot’s grip on phrasing, his exploitation of pauses and his meticulous care over dynamics results in a wholly satisfying melding of its four, disparate main themes into a coherent cosmic narrative.
I wish I’d been there at the performance. It must have been a monumental occasion.
The Adagio was for me as perfect a performance as I’m likely to hear, over half an hour of some of the most beautiful and visionary music the composer ever wrote.